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As a pocket-sized business owner and entrepreneur, time is often one of the least available commodities that we have. That is why we use the Batch Method.

So, in order to make the most of the time available and in order to stay as productive as possible, using the batch method can really help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Batching is simply the process of working on similar tasks for a dedicated amount of time.

In effect, you batch similar tasks together such as email, content creation, admin, client work, Instagram and Facebook posts, etc, in order to help you stay more focused and get more done.

Research shows that the more we switch in between tasks, the more distracted and unproductive we become. By staying in the same zone, you will find it easier to create similar tasks and get them done while in your flow.

To be a really successful entrepreneur, it makes a lot of sense to work to your strengths, to identify which parts of the day, week or month you are most productive on certain tasks and to allocate some time just to work on particular tasks in those times.

How To Batch Content

First up, let’s look at how to batch content.

Once you have identified a time of day that you are most productive and most able to focus on content creation, earmark it in your calendar in order to create a habit of when you would like to batch your content creation tasks.

Use this time to write your email updates, create blog posts, vlogs and social media updates.

Set aside two to three hours to focus at the task in hand.

What can really help is setting the scene to make it all the more productive and easier for you to work.

Consider things like your environment; do you find it easier to work in a coffee shop? Do you find it easier to work in a quiet room at home, or is there somewhere else where you feel inspired?

It might be that for different tasks, you need a different environment. That’s okay, too.

You might also like to consider what kind of food and drink you consume during each activity.

Do you need to have something to help stimulate your brain?

Do you need to stay calm and focused, or do you need to be a little bit inspired and revved up with some coffee? (like me, working on some research work for a client with coffee PLUS a top that says “But first, coffee”. Overkill?!)

Batch Method

Think about how you work best and block aside some time in your calendar. This also helps your brain to know that tasks are going to be taken care of. The indecision fatigue that can so often lead to procrastination is now eliminated from your working day.

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Batching Admin

Let’s look now at also how to batch up things like admin.

It might be easier for you to batch together tasks like email replies, customer inquiries and customer service responses in a certain part of your day. For example, I recommend checking your email only once or twice per day, if you can, in order to stay away from the inbox trap.

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In this way, you can set aside a dedicated time of day to respond to your inbox, to be present for the responses that are required and to get it all done in one part of your day. This stops you jumping in and out of the inbox, of being distracted by other things in there and being able to focus more on other tasks at hand when you are working on them.

Batch Product Creation

You might also like to try batching your product creation time.

For example, you could set aside dedicated time in your week where you brainstorm new product ideas, or when you map out your goals of how to get that product onto your Selz store and out to the market.

You could also batch together your production time so that you can stay focused and really in the mindset of product creation without any distractions.

Batching is a really powerful way to achieve so much in your working week without feeling distracted, overwhelmed and frazzled.

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To be a really successful entrepreneur, it makes a lot of sense to work to your strengths, to identify which parts of the day, week or month you are most productive on certain tasks and to allocate some time just to work on particular tasks in those times.

Working in this way will really help you feel more accomplished and to tick off items on your Trello board or to-do list much faster than you ever realized possible.
Have you tried batching tasks? If you have, let us know in the comments below how it works out for you. If you are new to this process, give it a try and let us know how it goes!

About the author

Jo Gifford

Jo Gifford

A widely read contributor to Huffington Post, Selz, Regus, Prowess, YFS Magazine and many more interwebz rabbit holes, Jo is a respected UK voice on life as a pocket-sized enterprise owner.

Jo’s background – a seasoned blogger, copywriter, podcaster, and graphic designer with an MA and research interest in creative thinking for small business – makes for an eclectic and colourful killer content approach.

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