I’m SO excited to share right now’s submit with you! A pair months in the past, I carried out some new batch working habits and it modified my work days dramatically. The outcomes had been quick and stunning and in my (nearly 12?? or is it nearly 11? haha) years of running a blog I’ve felt my best ever!
A pair months in the past, I listened to Jenna Kutcher’s podcast on batch working (which is nice, however this episode is very useful!). I’ve heard about batch working for years, however by no means absolutely dedicated to attempting it. One of many issues Jenna talked about in her episode was how she ready forward for her maternity go away, which was one thing I actually needed to do. The final time I took maternity go away, I solely left a pair weblog posts within the drafts, however I acquired fortunate as a result of it was over the vacations after we sometimes take a while off anyway. However this time I needed to remain current within the weblog content material and go away an even bigger buffer so my co-workers didn’t really feel my absence as a lot.
So I attempted it, and I LOVED it. Right here’s a bit about my expertise!
Initially, I had a aim to jot down 20 weblog posts forward of time that can go up throughout my maternity go away. I figured it could take me a number of months of including an additional submit or two per week to get this performed. However I made a decision to plan all of the posts forward of time. It took lots of time (an entire eight-hour workday) to get 20 concepts I used to be excited to jot down about and that I used to be already ready (or largely ready) to shoot. So the primary part of the batch work was the planning.
Then in my subsequent shoot (I sometimes do two shoots a month with my photographer and we shoot 80-90% of my weblog posts in these two days), I used to be in TOTAL shock after we had been in a position to shoot an additional 10 weblog posts in sooner or later (along with what I already wanted for the approaching month). We did it once more in my subsequent shoot the next week. And similar to that, all my maternity go away posts had been shot.
It truly took extra time to plan all of the posts than it did to shoot them.
Then I spent about two days writing the posts (which I already had outlines for from my planning day). It’s onerous to say precisely how a lot time since I used to be additionally engaged on my common posts, however I wrote round 20 posts in two days, which has NEVER occurred earlier than in all our years of running a blog.
This expertise made me understand A. How a lot I nonetheless LOVE running a blog and B. How a lot I can accomplish in only a few days if I spend extra time upfront planning. The one actually massive distinction was the planning time—I’d usually by no means spend an entire workday planning, however now I’ll without end schedule at the very least one FULL planning day per 30 days since I see what an enormous productiveness increase it created.
I feel previously I had an unfair bias that if I labored in bulk the standard could be decrease, however as I did this I spotted that the standard was simply pretty much as good, if not higher. I had been getting in my very own method for thus lengthy by solely engaged on one or a number of weblog posts at a time.
After this expertise I felt so highly effective—like, unstoppable!
I went by my schedule and began to seek out every part I might batch collectively. I rapidly felt like I had extra time in my workdays and that I used to be constantly ending my work on time or early, which has at all times been a wrestle for me.
In case you’re somebody who struggles with feeling overwhelmed or is definitely distracted, I can’t advocate this methodology sufficient. It could not work for everybody’s job, however there are nonetheless most likely plenty of components of your life the place you may strive it.
Batch working completely modified my life! I really feel a lot extra assured in what I can accomplish. My solely remorse is that I didn’t begin doing this 10 years in the past!!! However I’ll positively be doing it for the subsequent 10.
xx – Elsie