This week I am talking to you about batching your work and getting ahead.
Hello and welcome to episode 31 Of the Kaz Johnson show, my name is Kaz Johnson and I am the blogger behind Kazjohnson.com and the Kaz Academy. The Kaz Academy is the place to be if you are planning, building or growing your online business with online courses and a membership programme. You can learn more about what I do at Kazjohnson.com
Just a quickie today, however, today I am talking about why batching your work helps productivity and getting ahead saves a severe amount of stress.
Some time ago I got sick, I got the flu and felt ill for weeks. I usually work on a week to week basis, producing my blogs, podcasts and course lessons each week as I go along. Which is fine, until something happens, like getting sick.
There are some things that only you can do, and before I knew it, I got behind, the more I got behind, the harder it was to feel motivated to catch up. It became a vicious cycle that I found really, really hard to get out of.
In the end, in order to catch up, I ended up creating a system, whereby I batched my work, and made myself do a blog a day, then record several podcasts in one day. Slowly and surely I ended up catching up, however, it did make me realise that not only did I need to be ontop of my game, but I need to systematise my work so that I was always at least 6 weeks ahead, just in case I got sick again, and that I could take a holiday without coming back to a heap of work.
I now feel so much more ontop of my work, however, just remembering the overwhelm of being behind, that made me procrastinate even starting with catching up a difficult task in itself.
My workflow goes pretty much like this now, each month I brainstorm 6 topics for my blog, then I go to a template I have created in my blog, so that I can just clone the main parts of the post, I enter the schedule date on them and put them to draft and source an image for them.
Each week I then write the six blogs over the course of two days, and once a week I sit and record them, I have also created a template for the recordings so that I only have to drop in the main recording. Heading over to Libsyn, I upload the recordings and schedule the podcasts to be released the same time as the blog post.
After that, I do the SEO and social media for each post on a Wednesday, again batching my work I get so much more done as my focus is on just that, and I have Meetedgar open and can complete all the social media in about just 10 mins for all 6 blogs!
Now that I am ahead of my game, just thinking back to how I felt with the overwhelm keeps me on track and batching my work now has helped tremendously in my productively, as I felt constantly tired just knowing I was behind. Which in it’s self is very unproductive.
What things do you batch in your work? Let me know by commenting on this post on my blog.
That’s all for this week, speak soon.
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