One way to stop the “What did I get done today?” feeling…

 

Ever have the feeling that you are day is extremely busy, you’re being productive getting stuff done but when you look back at the end of the day you only have a few items checked off?

Perhaps the problem isn’t your work effort, it maybe your work flow.

 

Your focus is key to really moving the needle. We already talked about taking breaks with the 50.10.50 strategy, now let’s look at the way you structure your to-do list.

You structure your list and day for Batch Processing.

Our brains work best when we are not jumping back and worth. They can really only focus on one thing at a time, which is why multitasking is a horribly bad idea I you want to produce meaningful work.

Batch processing helps eliminate the mental switching of tasks and effort wasted physically while switching tasks.

Here’s how it works.

You take all the tasks in your to-do list and organize them by likeness. (Telephone calls, emails, video recordings, etc). You than do those tasks in an allotted time frame, all together.

This is much more effective than working on tasks based on project or priority. Once you are set up and in the flow you can cross items off much faster and generally they improve in quality.

My videos or podcast recordings get better and better because I get more practice and can focus on specific improvements after each one without forgetting.

Try it. Even if it is just for emails. Pick an hour today or tomorrow where all you will do is knock out emails. You will be amazed at the progress.

That is your Ninja Tactic for the week. Know someone who needs to hear this tactic? Shoot them an email with a link to this video.

Tune in next Tuesday for a quick tip to help you become the master of your life. Until next time, go out and take action.

 

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  • http://MikeLoomis.CO/ Mike Loomis

    Great tip, Nick – I’m gonna “batch” today!

  • http://www.NickPalkowski.com/ Nick Palkowski

    Thanks Mike. It’s worked really well for me. I’m now trying to find more and more ways to batch in my work flow.

    Let us know how it goes for you.