Workologism #9: Batch

If you're not batching together simple, quick, and/or boring tasks then you're likely fracturing your attention and ruining the level of attention and care you can bring to your work that actually matters -- and that sucks.

Batching is simply saving a bunch of small things to do all at once instead of doing them as they show up. Here are a few of the things I regularly batch:

  1. Responding to emails (usually once daily).
  2. Checking email (a handful of times daily).
  3. Processing my snail mail (weekly).
  4. Paying bills (once every couple weeks).
  5. Processing notes out of my notebook and into Things or Evernote (once every couple days).

What could you start batching today?

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