Words by Tara Wagner
Batching Work When You Have NO TIME for Batching
This video is for you if you are interested in batching work as an entrepreneur but you don’t have time to get started.
You hear Amy Porterfield and Jasmine Star talk about how they crank out these batch days. They’re cranking out a month or several months of content at a time and you’re over there going “Must be nice. Wish I had an entire day just to crank out content“.
I hear from a lot of you that the real challenge is just getting started, which I totally get so we’re going to change that. Deal?
Also be sure to read till the end so that you can grab my free batching brainstorm guide. It has 101 ideas of things that you can start batching to save time, both in your business and in your personal life, because let’s face it. They’re kind of one in the same.
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Truth is most entrepreneurs don’t have time because they’re not batching their tasks, but they’re not batching their tasks because they don’t have time.
Ain’t that a B.
So, I’m going to walk you through some strategies to help you break that cycle and start getting ahead of your tasks.
Step 1: Adopt the right mindset
First things first, we get to start cultivating the right mindset when it comes to batching work.
Stop telling yourself you don’t have time, even if it’s true right now; because all it’s doing is making you feel crummy (ask me how I know).
We’re going to stop saying that we don’t have time and we’re going to start reminding ourselves that we actually do have time for the things that matter most, and most things don’t matter as much as we say they do.We actually do have time for the things that matter most (and most things don't matter as much as we say they do). Click To Tweet
Step 2: Be ruthless
Take a deep breath and be ruthless with your schedule because you’re going to get to STOP some things in order to get ahead on others and I know it’s difficult but it’s going to be necessary.
The way I’m going to have you do this by doing a giant brain dump of all the things you do in a week or maybe even in a month and then ask yourself what can you stop, or at least pause for right now?
Maybe that’s social media post (less or no social media posts). Maybe that’s taking the kids to practice, or certain appointments that you have that you can just flat-out cancel for a little while.
Now, before you say you can’t, I want you to go back to that mindset and remind yourself that not everything matters as much as we say it does or we think it does.
If you were trapped in a snowstorm without Wi-Fi living on canned peas for a week, some things would naturally wait, right? So, pretend that this is an emergency and ask yourself “What can legitimately wait?“.
Be ruthless. Take back your schedule. Take no prisoners. You’ve totally got this.
Step 3: Schedule in advance
Tip number three to batching work when you have no time is just schedule as far in advance as you must.
A lot of people will look at their immediate calendar and say “I don’t have time to start time blocking“, and legitimately you don’t right now, but guaranteed three weeks down the road, even if it has to be three months down the road, you’ve got some open space in your calendar.
Block that off now and plan everything around it.
Pretend that it’s an urgent doctor’s appointment or a long plane ride. Don’t let yourself cancel it. Don’t let yourself double-book.
Plan everything you can around it so that you can use that time to start getting ahead.
And this is really important: you have to also repeat that time in your calendar.
So whether you need that time every week, every month, or twice a month you have to make sure that you’re starting to schedule it ahead now before that time books up.
Step 4: Start Slow
Step four for batching your work is to start slower.
I know Amy and Jasmine will talk about batching 1 to 3 months at a time, but they likely did not get there overnight or if they did, they’re unicorns and you, baby girl, are a sweet little pony. So until you sprout that horn out of your forehead, give yourself some grace and allow yourself to just take some baby steps.
If you can only batch a week’s worth at a time, or 2 things instead of one thing, you’ll start to slowly get ahead.
Instead of trying to batch 5 or 10 podcasts at once, start off with 2. That’ll put you a week ahead and then next week, you can do 2 more and that’ll put you, what… 2 or 3 weeks ahead? (I don’t know. I can’t even do my math).
My point is baby steps are legit and they will help you get out of this season in your business where it’s just hustle-hustle-hustle or scramble-scramble-scramble.
You have to slowly chip away at it to move yourself in the right direction.
Step 5: Hire it out
Step number five is to hire that shizzy out!
Maybe you can hire out actual business tasks, or maybe you’re hiring out housekeeping. Maybe you can’t afford to hire anything out but you can barter, preferably for something that does not take more of your time.
Or how about this, just ask for help.
I bet that there are people in your life that would love to lend you a hand for nothing more than knowing that you were just a little less stressed out.
Bonus tip #6
For good measure, let me throw in a little bonus tip that we can always use a little reminder on.
Turn off your distractions!
Phone on silent, no notifications on your desktop. Really allow yourself to focus on batching work. Because legit, if you’re short on time you don’t have time for all these interruptions either. Right?
And be sure to grab my free batching brainstorm list so you can start batching work!
This list was a collaboration between me and dozens of other female entrepreneurs listing 101 different ideas for things that you can start batching in your business and in your life to save you time in either.
You can grab it for free with the button below or click here to learn more.
What about you, boss lady?
Leave me a comment and let me know which tip stands out for you the most, or if you have a tip for other female entrepreneurs who are trying to get started on batching work.
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About the Author
I’m the breakthrough coach for self-employed women who are barely surviving their business. I help you to identify and overcome your old habits – both practical, as well as emotional and mental – learn a better way of approaching the work/life/family juggling act, and gain confidence in your new role in your growing businesses. Learn more about me here.
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