Batch your work

Many of us feel like there’s never enough time, and we don’t seem to be able to complete all of the items on our the to-do lists.  I recommend limiting your obligations as a first step in time management, but what if you’ve already stripped away the extraneous?  What if there's nothing left to edit?

While cutting back on obligations is a great way to manage time, there's another best practice that’ll help you fit more work into less time.  Batching tasks allows you to focus on one thing at a time. It puts you into a flow state, so not only do you accomplish more, but you do better work!

Cleaning your home is an inescapable fact of life, but does it have to take so much time?  I clean for 30 minutes--all at once--every week.  Granted I make a point of being neat throughout the week, but I don't go out of my way to vacuum or clean the shower. The major cleaning tasks are completed every Friday after work, so I can enjoy my weekend.  If the idea of reducing chores to a half hour seems impossible, maybe you have too much clutter.  Consider getting rid of the things you don’t need.

Batching your work is effective for more than just chores. I also batch email. I check my inbox twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. If someone needs me outside of those times, they can call my phone. Incessantly checking my inbox isn’t productive--and quite frankly--it's unhealthy.

These are just a couple of ways that you can use batching to improve your life. We all have unique obligations and batching can work differently for different people. What tasks can you batch?