Episode #80: Our Secret Weapon—Batch Working!

This week, we’re speaking about batch working, which is the PRIMARY manner we get a lot finished. Between podcasting, running a blog, creating for social media, designing and being a mother, life is *full*. Batch working makes all of it work. Should you haven’t tried it but, I hope this episode will encourage you!

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-I’m so upset I used the phrase “mind-blowned” hahahaha WOW.

-A private observe:
I just lately noticed a pair feedback saying that realizing our podcast is batched “ruins the magic.” To be trustworthy, it made me really feel actually insecure. I hope that after listening to this you may see that batch working makes this podcast doable!

Emma: You’re listening to the A Lovely Mess podcast. This week, we’re chatting about our secret weapon — batch working. That is going to be an ideal episode as a result of batch working is the primary productiveness behavior that modified my life. I get extra finished in much less working hours now, and it’s really superb. So we’re going to share all the main points of how we batch work in addition to our present responsible pleasures.

Elsie: Woo! So we’ve been running a blog for 14 years and for the primary possibly 10 years we had been running a blog, I didn’t batch work. So I’ve an excellent earlier than and after story of like how a lot it modified my life. Can I inform that?

Emma: Yeah, sure!

Elsie: Story time. So once I very, very first began running a blog, I’d solely…that is simply that is so inexperienced, and also you guys are going to chuckle. However I assumed that it wasn’t very genuine except I shared…like I needed to write it that day and publish it that day. So at first I didn’t even do drafts. I’d simply, you recognize, write one thing out that day. And if I had extra time, it could be a greater put up. And if I had much less time, it could be a very unhealthy put up. A few of our very early weblog posts are surprisingly very brief, very random, simply photos, simply speaking. It was everywhere, sort of like stay journal-y kind of vibes, typically ranting, unprofessional. Ought to I’m going on? (laughs) After which by means of the years, we discovered the great thing about engaged on drafts and having, like, extra, you recognize, at all times having our work finished forward. And we didn’t at all times have our weblog posts finished forward earlier than that day. However for probably the most half, we’d have you recognize, we’d be working forward on issues. And I feel we began just a little bit to flippantly batch work and it did assist considerably. However… the place it actually obtained good is once I was making ready truly to have my second maternity go away. So my first maternity go away, I don’t essentially assume I did that nice. I feel I did the naked minimal after which everybody lined for me. And on my second maternity go away, I feel I felt just a little responsible as a result of I had adopted two youngsters in two years and I used to be having two maternity leaves in a row. And I feel I used to be like just a little self-conscious. And in addition I feel I simply had listened to…I’m going to hyperlink to it. Jenna Kutcher’s podcast on batch working the place she talked about her maternity go away and he or she talked about batching her like writing…or doing like 40 podcasts or one thing like that in order that she may take a very long time off. And that inspiration did loads for me. And I feel I ended up writing…it was one thing like 20 weblog posts for my maternity go away. It was like far more than we would have liked! (laughs) And we ended up utilizing them for, like, the entire yr.

Emma: Yeah.

Elsie: However the factor that was cool is that I discovered from it…

Emma: Yeah you got here again out of your maternity go away and we nonetheless had like half and…

Elsie: Sure!

Emma: And I feel you had been like, wait a second…(laughs)

Elsie: Yeah, I feel I assumed I used to be like saving the world. However truly it wasn’t even — we didn’t even want that many weblog posts. However the factor that was cool is I discovered easy methods to do it. So…and I did all these further 20 weblog posts in my common shoots, and I feel it was over about two months. So that will be about three or 4 shoots the place I simply added further issues into every shoot. So like 5 further posts in each. After which I abruptly had like principally like half a yr of additional weblog posts accomplished. And it was sort of mind-blowing to me as a result of I didn’t know I may get that a lot finished that quick. And I additionally discovered from it that the posts had been standalone attention-grabbing, good posts, like high-quality posts. And the rationale why was as a result of I used to be batching the planning and I used to be placing — I put loads into the planning of the subjects and put like a ton of actually completely different, actually attention-grabbing subjects, as a result of usually if I used to be simply batching what I used to be engaged on, I’d do like three put up about one room or one thing, which isn’t like selection. However this was like a really massive number of various things. And so I discovered that batching my planning was important too, and I feel for anybody who’s a blogger or any sort of content material creator batching you’re planning and batching your execution is the primary factor that may change your life. And since I had that have over the previous few years, I began having Fridays be a catch up day or type of like an empty day with nothing scheduled. I normally do remedy on Fridays each different week and I’ll do issues like run errands for the issues I must do the following week or issues like that, like getting forward. Like I really feel like my schedule is rather more ethereal and rather more freed up, though our children had been house from covid virtually the entire yr, and we had vital challenges so batch working is actually the glue holding our enterprise collectively. And any time that somebody desires to speak to us about how do you get a lot finished, that is like the primary recommendation that I wish to give them. So I’m actually enthusiastic about this episode right now.

Emma: Sure, I agree. Yeah. So I really feel such as you sort of outlined batch working. It’s simply principally like doing a complete bunch of the identical factor at one time. So as an alternative of writing, you recognize, as a result of like, let’s simply take a weblog put up since we’re bloggers and I feel individuals can see weblog posts fairly simply so that they know what it’s. So there’s the concept…shopping for of provides or prepping of no matter it’s you’re going to be doing, whether or not it’s a recipe or a room tour or no matter. So, you recognize, planning it, shopping for the provides, truly making it, photographing it after which writing, you recognize, modifying the photographs after which writing the weblog put up. All of these items must happen earlier than the weblog put up can go stay. So there’s truly a variety of, you recognize, steps. And you are able to do every of these steps that I simply listed, you may try this for a complete bunch of weblog posts at one time. So once I’m planning a weblog put up, it could be higher if I plan 5 to 10. And once I’m shopping for my provides, I should purchase all of the provides for 5 to 10. All of that I’ve deliberate. And once I prep…so for me, like if I’m engaged on meals, if I’m doing recipe testing, it’s like a recipe testing day the place I’m normally testing a minimum of two to a few issues and typically extra relying, however principally like how a lot room I’ve in my oven and like what forms of recipes I’m doing (laughs) as a result of I can’t put an countless quantity of issues with completely different temperatures, however, you recognize, issues like that. And pictures, identical factor. I prefer to {photograph} a minimum of two or three issues in at some point, a minimum of, and extra is best if I can. I prefer to edit every little thing directly. And that’s the time once I take heed to all my podcasts as a result of I’m modifying photographs and it’s sort of visible solely. After which I’ll usually write two or three weblog posts in a day, just like the precise textual content of it. In order that’s type of, you recognize, and you are able to do batch working. You may give it some thought in all kinds of various methods. You could possibly do it with house responsibilities, you may do it with several types of careers. You could possibly do it, you recognize, with private issues, with job issues, with parenting issues. There’s a number of alternative ways to batch work. And presently this yr we are attempting extra batch working in our podcast schedule. So we’re attempting to plan higher. So we plan a complete bunch directly. We work on all of the outlines directly after which we’ll do quite a lot of them in at some point. We’re looking for our stability with that, although, as a result of everyone, you recognize, as you get into batch working, you’ll see that you simply…you recognize, particularly for those who’re engaged on one thing artistic, there are occasions you sort of get exhausted otherwise you sort of you recognize, you’re out of creativity for the day. So that you don’t wish to overwhelm your self in order that your work suffers. However you sort of have to search out that stability for your self.

Elsie: It’s attention-grabbing as a result of, yeah, there’s sure issues the place, like taking a bubble tub, you wouldn’t wish to batch work that it could destroy it for you. You simply yeah, one is sufficient and you recognize, going to get a therapeutic massage. There’s sure issues the place one is sufficient after which there’s sure issues, and for us, a variety of it’s work-related issues, the place you are able to do 5 of them within the time that it could take you to possibly do two and also you understand which you can simply get a lot extra finished. After which with that comes extra time in a while in your schedule, like extra freedom, extra flexibility. And that’s particularly for us, you recognize, I’ve two younger youngsters, Emma’s about to have a child. This can be a time in our lives once we want that freedom and suppleness as a result of little youngsters go to the physician and issues like that on a regular basis. They’ve sick days from college, issues like that on a regular basis. So flexibility is essential to us proper now. And yeah, that is how we obtain it. And we’ve continued rising. Like, I feel it’s actually cool. We had been capable of develop our podcast in the course of the time of covid. We had been capable of develop A Lovely Mess final yr in the course of the time of covid — not like the largest development yr we’ve ever had, however we had been up in opposition to severe obstacles. So anyway, I feel batch working is…it’s so important and I hope everybody tries that we’re going to attempt to train you as a lot of our little methods as we will on this episode. After which please attempt to please report again on the way it modified your life, as a result of I actually assume it’ll. All proper. Let’s take a fast sponsor break.

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Emma: Properly, first tip for me. So there’s to me sort of two principal mindsets that I needed to get myself out of earlier than I may actually reap the benefits of all the advantages of batch working. And this could possibly be completely different for everybody. These had been simply the 2 issues that I needed to recover from. And certainly one of them you sort of already touched on, Elsie, is I feel typically we have now this concept that it’s much less genuine or it’s not as actual to batch work one thing. And this occurs with content material creation. So running a blog, posting to your Instagram, no matter, if that occurs to be part of your profession like it’s for us. However it may well additionally occur with different issues, like I do know some people who find themselves very…they don’t wish to do meal planning. They don’t wish to like do like prepping all meal stuff on Sundays as a result of they really feel like what if I really feel like consuming one thing completely different on Thursday? And I’m like, nicely, I perceive what you’re saying. However I additionally assume if it is a downside that you simply preserve operating into again and again, this nonetheless could be an space you may attempt the again working and you may at all times regulate just a little bit as you go, you recognize, so sort of altering your mindset on it as an alternative of viewing it as a entice, viewing it as a chance for extra freedom as a result of that’s actually what it’s. So there’s that.

Elsie: Yeah.

Emma: After which the opposite mindset factor that I needed to get out of is, Elsie and I are small enterprise house owners, as we’ve talked about. And it’s not simply our weblog. We additionally used to personal a retailer and we’ve finished a number of different issues in our profession and we’re small enterprise house owners and so anybody else who owns their very own enterprise is aware of you find yourself doing a variety of various things, and particularly whenever you’re beginning out, as a result of normally you may’t afford a variety of assist at first. So that you’re simply doing a variety of various things as greatest you may. And so what it seems like is simply placing out fires on a regular basis. So for me, I had an enormous psychological block about spending a variety of time planning and in addition spending a variety of time reflecting on what was working in order that I may do higher planning. I simply didn’t wish to take the time to try this. I felt like that was a waste of my time or that that will be me, like not doing work. That’s me simply sitting round and never even doing work or like I simply had so many fires to place out on a regular basis. I simply was like, that’s all I can do. I can’t I can’t get forward. I can solely keep. And that was a psychological block that I wanted to get previous. As a result of for those who actually wish to do batch working and also you need the liberty and the advantages that it brings, it’s a must to make house for lots of planning and in addition for reflecting on the previous work that you simply did and seeing the way it may enhance, seeing what labored greatest, seeing what isn’t working, and so taking the time to do all that forecasting and planning and analyzing can typically really feel like not actual work, nevertheless it’s truly actually vital and the muse of all of it.

Elsie: Yeah, I feel that the factor that’s completely different is that for those who’re used to having in a given workday, the sensation of beginning after which ending one thing in that day, you may not be capable of have that feeling anymore. It’s sort of the alternative of a balanced schedule. It’s a really unbalanced schedule to spend your entire…like just lately, you recognize, to prep for this present day. We spent a complete day simply writing podcast outlines, which I’ll inform you just isn’t my favourite sort of day. It’s simply not. However we wouldn’t be capable of work forward after which have, you recognize, ultimately weeks the place we don’t must file if we didn’t try this. And planning for weblog posts is like that as nicely. It might probably really feel such as you’re spending a lot time simply interested by working earlier than you truly begin working, however I’ve discovered that for those who don’t put the time into like a very high quality plan, the remainder of it’ll all crumble. So I feel having an ideal plan at first is definitely an important a part of doing high quality work, it doesn’t matter what kind of labor we’re speaking about, pictures, writing, something.

Emma: I agree.

Elsie: Sure. So that you’ll have…whenever you begin batch working, it’s a really centered schedule. It is advisable study to focus. Like so many instances I attempt to Face Time Emma and we’re massive Face-Timers. We Face Time just about daily and he or she’ll be like, I’m doing recipes right now. I’ve actually good lighting. So principally I simply can’t speak to you right now. And that’s superb.

Emma: Yeah. (laughs)

Elsie: Like everybody in your life will perceive, I feel it’s vital to study in your staff to find out how, like, you recognize, that they don’t want you proper then each single time. You understand? I feel it’s actually, actually vital. So I’ve shared some examples about how I batch work in A Lovely Mess like planning. I normally plan about two or three months of content material at a time. Just lately I deliberate my entire yr of reworking and it’s down to love once we’re going to do the put up, once I’m going to finish the rooms, once I’m in {a photograph} `the rooms, what the finances is for the rooms, every little thing is deliberate, which feels actually good. However it took a variety of time to try this and it felt like I used to be engaged on issues that I didn’t must work on but. However it’ll free me up later. And it’ll additionally enable me to work forward, as a result of typically whenever you get forward, you may get bottlenecked whenever you don’t know what’s the following precedence. However whenever you’ve finished all that planning upfront, you at all times know the following precedence. So it may well like…

Emma: Yep.

Elsie: …preserve you transferring quicker. And in my private life, I batch work principally every little thing I can. I’m undoubtedly a grocery store as soon as every week individual and like an enormous haul as soon as a month, like if I’m going to Dealer Joe’s it’s like a carful as a result of I would like it to final for some time. You understand, with the freezer stuff, I purchase all my Christmas presents normally in about at some point yearly, which I do know is like very fast. However I really feel like if I don’t — if I unfold it out, like I unfold it out with my youngsters after which I purchase the entire remainder of the household in at some point and with my youngsters, guess what? I neglect issues that I purchased them as a result of it’s prefer it’s simpler like whenever you purchase one thing in August and one thing in September and two issues in October, then it’s simple to have like a bunch of presents all over the place and also you don’t keep in mind what all of them are. So I feel batch working can create a variety of effectivity for you too, and cut back waste. Like I keep in mind once I was in highschool and I used to be like staying over at certainly one of my pal’s home and I discovered that their mother went grocery buying daily on their manner house from work. And I used to be similar to thoughts blown by that, you recognize, and it was similar to how she did it and the way she preferred it. And possibly in a roundabout way it was like a consolation to her or a solution to, like, reset herself on the finish of her workday. However for me, it could be a nightmare to do it that manner. I wished to share a few explanation why having a batch working schedule can truly be far more productive than a balanced schedule the place you do a variety of various things in at some point. So particularly when creating content material, I feel that seeing…being zoomed out and having that massive view of what you’re protecting is admittedly useful. Like if I write 5 weeks of weblog posts and I do every of them in that week, I would sort of cowl the identical matter a number of instances and never even discover it, if that is sensible. But when I’m doing all 5 weeks directly, I will likely be extra cautious to do quite a lot of completely different subjects. And I’ll most likely be protecting off on a couple of of our objectives, which is admittedly vital and actually useful. One other factor is simply that centered vitality. So I discovered just lately in that The Twelve Week Yr ebook that we liked that multitasking decreases productiveness, which I had by no means heard that earlier than. I used to be at all times very happy with being a multitasker and I can multitask loads. Some individuals simply naturally can, nevertheless it undoubtedly decreases my productiveness. And as soon as somebody put a label on that for me, like a stat, (laughs) I felt like I actually obtained it. You understand, that it’s not the sort of factor I wish to do except I’m doing one thing that’s only for enjoyable, like only a passion. It’s not one thing I wish to do to be environment friendly in my work. Let’s take a fast break for our sponsors.

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One other factor that’s this one’s sort of a humorous facet impact. However OK, so once I began batch working, which was about two years in the past now for our weblog posts, at very first individuals had been type of like noticing the batching and calling it out. Like one time somebody was like, it appears right here such as you photographed a recipe and a put up a couple of shelf and a put up about your backyard packing containers all in at some point, (laughs) which is true. So I like principally, I discovered to cover it. And I feel that studying to cover it truly like created extra selection too, as a result of once I do my shoots, I’ll change garments like 4 to 10 instances in a day and the place I wouldn’t have finished that earlier than. And if I had been taking pictures in actual time, I usually put on the identical garments time and again, you recognize, like I undoubtedly most likely would have unintentionally worn, you recognize, the identical factor on two completely different weeks. However I don’t know…whenever you do batch working and also you’re attempting to, like, compensate for it, then you find yourself with this like pure like massive number of various things as a result of every little thing’s deliberate and every little thing’s intentional. So anyway, that was only a few of the issues that I discovered which have been actually useful. I’d by no means return. And my recommendation, if you wish to attempt it for the primary time, is simply take certainly one of your duties, no matter is your principal work job, and divide it into three completely different focus days and simply attempt it like see how rather more you may get finished dividing up the planning and the execution after which the ending work.

Emma: Let’s do our responsible pleasure treasure phase. OK, I’m at all times prepared for this one as a result of, you recognize, I simply wish to discuss buying. So my responsible pleasure. That is truly not I’m not responsible about this in any respect. I’m feeling very excessive on it. So, you recognize, I’m like obsessed about my dream closet and possibly going to be the perfect a part of my 2021 daily I’m grateful in my coronary heart for this closet. So one of many issues I did was a shelf of headbands and so I obtained these headband organizers truly began utilizing them in my final home and I’ll hyperlink to them within the present notes. They’re sort of like a plastic cylinder. After which you may open up the tops. You may retailer issues inside it, too, if you wish to. However I don’t like to try this as a result of I don’t like every sort of hidden stuff. Like I would like every little thing to be, like, simple to see except I’m attempting to cover it. However that’s what cupboards are for, proper. So anyway, I feel I’ve 4 or 5 of them, which is a variety of headbands. I do know, nevertheless it was certainly one of my buying therapies of 2020 like, how I made it by means of was shopping for stuff on Etsy and you recognize, similar to amassing little cute issues. So anyway — loving the headscarf pattern and I obtained these organizers and now they’re all like in a row I can see all of them on the identical time and it’s proper by my garments. In order that’s my responsible pleasure. However I’m not responsible as a result of I adore it. Woo! What’s yours?

Emma: Yeah, (laughs) mine is sort of dorky, I really feel like all my responsible pleasure treasures are similar to bordering into the dorky, however that’s OK. I obtained this heated therapeutic massage pillow for Christmas it was truly a gift from Trey and it’s you may put it in your automobile, which I’ve not finished as a result of I don’t find out about that, however I exploit it in my workplace chair and once I’m watching TV at evening and it’s similar to for those who go get your nails finished and so they have a therapeutic massage chair, it seems like that the place it’s sort of like steel balls which might be inside material and so they press in your again after which it heats up. And so, yeah, it’s it appears like just a little alien face and I exploit it on a regular basis. I adore it. It makes sort of a like buzzing sound although. So I attempt to keep in mind to show it off if I’ve a Zoom assembly or one thing as a result of I don’t need anybody to know that I’m simply giving myself just a little again therapeutic massage on the identical time!

Elsie: Oh my gosh, please put on that in our Monday assembly.

Emma: It’s been nice as a result of my again has been actual sore. So yeah.

Elsie: Yeah that’s an superior reward. OK, we’ll hyperlink to it. So do you simply apply it to the sofa primarily? Like the place do you normally use it whenever you’re sitting and the way do you place your self?

Emma: Yeah, I primarily apply it to the sofa or my workplace chair and it sort of can do like your decrease again or your center again or your like shoulder blades. It might probably’t do all these areas directly. It’s, you recognize, so I’ll sort of put a pillow within the space the place it’s not in order that I don’t really feel like I’m like leaning again or leaning forwards. So, yeah, it takes just a little finagling. However…it’s very nice!

Elsie: I miss the pedicure therapeutic massage chair. I miss it a lot. It’s certainly one of my issues from the earlier than instances that I can’t wait — mark my phrases. As quickly as I’ve my second vaccine dose I’m going again to the nail salon and I’m going to get some claws. It’s going to be superb.

Emma: I prefer it. Do it.

Elsie: Thanks a lot for listening to our podcast and supporting us. Should you haven’t left us a evaluation, we’d actually recognize it, particularly if it’s a pleasant one. We additionally love getting your questions and matter requests. Our electronic mail is [email protected] We love receiving these each week. And for those who check out batch working after listening to this, we’d love to listen to if it helps your life. It’s a topic we’re so captivated with and we hope that it’ll enable you out too. So have week, Bye

Emma: Bye!

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