Is it better for your brain to bounce between tasks in a flurry of activity, or is it better to finish one task before you move on to another?
Bouncing between tasks – like those times where you’re going from a phone call to an email to a social media post – is called task switching. Honestly, I’m exhausted just thinking about that endless whirlwind of putting out one fire while ignoring others. Unsurprisingly, it’s better for your brain to finish one task before moving to another.
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I have the solution for smoothing out your flow: task batching. Task batching simply means that you do similar tasks or activities together, such as returning all of your phone calls or emails, planning social media content, writing a blog post, working on a book chapter, and sticking with the task until it’s done. Though it may sound counterintuitive, it’s actually quicker to complete an entire task before moving to another.
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So, why does task switching vs task batching have such an impact on your mind, and your time?
Different tasks use different parts of your brain or require different thought processes. Switching from one task to another, completely unrelated, task requires your brain to quickly switch trains of thought and play catch up.
Task switching isn’t an efficient way to use your brain, and it can be a huge time suck! With task batching, you complete similar tasks at once, allowing your brain to get into a solid groove, and reducing the time it takes for your brain to switch back and forth between tasks.
Here’s how task batching can help you:
✔️ Improve your productivity
✔️ Save valuable time
✔️ Create quicker, more efficient habits
✔️ Less overwhelm
As a fierce advocate for task batching, I can’t wait for you to try it. I am excited to hear how it makes your life even more efficient.
Are you going to try this new approach to productivity? Have you tried task batching before? Share your thoughts with me!