When you have an urgent project, a deadline and a block of time, is it easier to get things done? How about if you have a bunch of tasks that need to be done sometime this month, with the instructions to do a little bit each day? Forget about it!
We all have different ways that we approach tasks. Some people don’t mind interruptions, they can switch between tasks and projects, do a little bit here and there I call them “Jugglers.” Others need deadlines and blocks of time to get things done – the “Batchers.”
Are you a Batcher ?
As a Batcher
- Switching tasks can feel like you are stuck in mud and if you don’t stay the course you’ll sink. It feels good to be deep in a project, to be in the groove, without distractions.
- It takes a lot of mental energy to get started, but once you get moving you are good.
- Too much information or too many choices may send you down rabbit holes.
- A good deadline gets you focused, however, anything else is forgotten.
How to manage life as a Batcher
- To get started, set aside blocks of time to focus, notice deadlines and plan your work around them.
- Before you get started, schedule breaks and set timers to come up for air periodically to make sure you are working on your intended task.
- Have a place to “park” your thoughts as they come up so you are not tempted to distraction.
- Have water and a healthy snack on hand.
When we try to keep a lot of balls in the air, rather than use our preferred style of focusing on one thing at a time, stress levels go up and our productivity goes down. I imagine the opposite is true for jugglers, who may find that doing one thing at a time is tedious.
Paying attention to the present moment and planning for the future goes a long way toward helping us manage tasks, time, energy, and attention.