Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to get it all done? Try my favorite time management strategy: batching! Learn how to create more time in your day!

"I'm so busy, I just don't have time for anything else... Help!" This is the conversation that I have daily with my clients - busy moms who are struggling with how to get things done! I get it. I've been there. {And let's just be real - I'm not perfect, so I still fall into this trap from time to time!}. If you've been struggling with time, I want you to share with you what might just be my favorite time management strategy: batching.

What is batching?

If you’re a busy entrepreneur or even a busy stay-at-home mom, batching can help you finish your to-do list more efficiently. I personally utilize batching a LOT in my life and it’s helped me tremendously. What is batching not? Batching is not multi-tasking, which actually wears out our brains faster so we end up taking longer to perform and {generally} working harder. Instead, batching is grouping like-tasks together. Batching is so effective because it allows us to focus on doing one thing at a time, allowing our brains to work more efficiently, instead of switching back and forth between different tasks.

Here’s an example: have you ever started cleaning around your house and you think, “Ok, I’m just going to pick up in the kitchen.” But, as you’re picking up in the kitchen, you take something to the bedroom. All of the sudden you’re picking up the bedroom, then another room, and you’re just so laser-focused on cleaning that two hours later you’ve cleaned your entire house and all  you really intended to clean was the kitchen! {If that's never happened to you, you can totally stop reading now, because you could probably teach me a thing or two on time management!}.

Why does batching work?

Batching works because it’s what we are naturally inclined to. It’s like what the school schedule was designed to do. Think about it... our children learn more in one day than many of us do in a week! And it's been proven that children need 45-50 minutes of focus time, followed by a 10-15 minute break. Our kids learn so much in such a little amount of time, because they’re so focused when they’re learning.

Let's take a moment and dream together... Think about what you could accomplish if you just focused on a few tasks to accomplish in your own day. Imagine what you could get done if you had four hours a day to work, and you truly just focused on a specific task or a specific group of tasks for those hours.

I used to have a to-do list with 15 different tasks: write and edit a blog post, schedule social media posts, and so on. It was taking me three hours to write a blog post, which {let's be clear} was not an efficient use of my time. Now, I batch my work into specific days. For example, one day I will write all my blog posts, either for the week or for the month. Another day, I’ll go back and edit all of these posts. Then later I’ll set aside a chunk of time to go create all the images that I’ll need for those posts. And another day I’ll edit all of these images. The final day, I’ll go in and review the posts one final time, schedule them to post, schedule promoting the post across my social platforms and I’m done. Batching has cut down on the time it takes me significantly to write and create and come up with a final product for a blog post.

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How can I apply batching to my life?

Consider this time management strategy: apply batching to everything you do! Running errands today? Batch all of the errands together. Taking five minutes to chart your course {rather than going out, coming home, and going out again} will save you a significant amount of time. You can seriously apply batching to anything that you’re doing in your business. Another example: I batch my client newsletters and do them all in one day, once a month.

Yes, it can be hard to figure out how to start batching. I’ll talk to my mentorship clients about batching and they’ll tell me, “I don’t have time to batch because I’m literally just putting out fires left and right because I’m so disorganized.” I tell them that the first thing they need to do is get organized. Figure out everything that needs to get done in a month or in a week and then figure out what you can do in hour-long chunks.

If you haven’t been batching and think that you don’t have time to batch because you’re literally getting everything done that you can each day and you’re feeling overwhelmed, I want you to start carving out an hour a day to work on a batched task. This week, you’ll spend an hour a day working on a batched task but that’s going to not only get you caught up, but will also help you get ahead of schedule.

These days, most of my days are spent doing batched tasks versus trying to get caught up, scrambling to put a newsletter here and scrambling to put a blog post here. When I’m scrambling, I’m inefficient. When I’m scrambling, I make mistakes. When I’m scrambling what gets posted everywhere is not my best work.

Your action item

Your action item today is to make a list {right now!} of the things you need to get done this week or this weekend and then batch them. Truly, this will help you when you’re running errands, when you're creating content, or when you're cleaning. This time management strategy will help you with everything that you’re doing. With batching, you’ll get it all done at once {and often in advance}. Write it all down, plan out how you’ll batch your tasks, and have a highly productive week so you’ll have more free time to do the things you enjoy.

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