A typical day at work is a lot different today than it was 20 years ago. Usually we are working on computers with access to the internet, answering emails and simultaneously dealing with incoming text messages and calls. With this overload of added stimulation it can be difficult to stay focused on the tasks that actually need to be completed.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with my to do list, I break it down and group similar tasks into groups. This way, it’s easier for me to get into a workflow and keep my mind focused on one specific set of functions at a time.
This is Task Batching.
I find that the best way to begin your work day is to start with the tasks that you enjoy the most, or the tasks that you are most effective at completing. Know your strengths and play into them. If you’re great at creating, start there. Get your creative juices flowing and check off all the assignments that fit into that creative batch.
When you’re done, move onto the next batch.
When utilizing this tactic, you have the ability to create a more concentrated workflow while minimizing distractions and eliminating procrastination.
Now, it’s time to get to work.