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The Power of Batching 🔄

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The Power of Batching 🔄
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #36 • View online
Hi friends!
Ever since I’ve discovered the power of batching, I’ve tried my best to use it at every instance because it just saves time, effort and most importantly, it reduces friction to get stuff done!
What do I mean by this?
When we’re in the flow of doing a task - it makes sense to continue and completing the same bunch of tasks since you’re already in the groove of things. It does somewhat relate back to the theory of ‘focusing’ on getting the same task done, and not ‘distracting’ your brain by multitasking.
Take me for example, every time I want to release a new YouTube video, I’d have to: Brainstorm ->Write script-> Set up camera -> Film -> Film B-roll -> Import footage -> Edit -> Release video -> Market. As you can see it takes a tremendous amount of effort to get things up and running, and I basically have to do this every single week without fail because YouTube is all about consistency.
Instead of doing this process bit by bit, I wrote and batch filmed 5 videos in a single day. This helped because I didn’t have to keep setting up my camera, style my hair (gotta try my best to look presentable although my hair is looking long at this moment) and get into ‘Jamie on camera’ vibe! By getting that out of the way, I didn’t have to set up my lights / camera / mic for 3 weeks straight - and that allowed me to concentrate on my other efforts like editing and marketing.
The cool thing about this - ‘batching’ is that it can be used with tons of situations! This can be done with:
  • Emails - set time in your calendar to batch reply emails instead of constantly replying to them one by one! (wrote about this in my previous newsletter when I reviewed Cal Newport’s Deep Work’)
  • Meetings - be selfish with your time, and put your meetings together so that you’ll have more time to focus on your work instead of having to run in an out of meetings every ½ hour!
  • Meal Prep / Dishwashing - Preparing your meals for the next few days always helps! You cook once for a few days, so that you don’t have to cook every single day (unless you love cooking of course). When washing dishes - I also try to soap everything before washing it all off and drying them (instead of doing them one by one)!
Of course there are more examples, but these are the main 3 I use batching for. I really love this productivity tip and it’s definitely helped me improve my focus and save me time!
Do you use batching in your life? What do you use it for?
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Productivity - Animedoro, the greatest study technique ever? by Dabido (& Josh Chen)
Animedoro, the greatest study technique ever?
Animedoro, the greatest study technique ever?
No, it’s not the Pomodoro Technique - it’s Animedoro! What in the world is that?! Of course the inner anime / productivity geek in me had to find out what this was all about - and let me tell you, I LOVE this Technique! Got introduced to this concept by my fellow YouTuber - Davido. Check out his video on Animedoro here!
Even though it’s highly recommended by productivity enthusiasts, I’ve never particularly liked the Pomodoro Technique (which I wrote about in my previous article on ‘Time Management’.) You basically focus for 25 mins / 5 min break, and do this X 4 - then have a longer break before continuing to do work. The problem with this is that - 25 minutes was barely enough time for me to ‘get into the flow’ - and then 5 minutes of break wasn’t enough. I found that it also interrupted my workflow and thoughts and the break felt ‘forced’ - so I’ve ultimately abandoned using this method to work.
With Animedoro, you get to ‘finish’ up your work - and at the end of it, you get to enjoy an episode of anime! It’s perfect, because if you skip the intro and the end - each episode is roughly around 18-20 minutes - and that to me is a sufficient time for a brain breather. What a great incentive to get work done :D Of course, you’ve got to have the self-discipline not to click ‘next episode’ once you’ve reached the end.
If you don’t like anime, I guess this could work with a sitcom too, but it’ll definitely be longer than 20 minutes.
I’ve been using this method for the past week, and I’ve never been happier getting my stuff done!
Video Of The Week 🎥
The BEST questions YOU should be asking interviewers (Free question bank template provided)
The BEST questions YOU should be asking interviewers (Free question bank template provided)
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Of course, sharing the videos with anyone who may potentially benefit from this information would help me a ton as well! 🤗
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
Get yourself into the grind and build up your skills! Once you get good enough, more options will open up for you to choose from.
Get yourself into the grind and build up your skills! Once you get good enough, more options will open up for you to choose from.
Photo Of The Week 📷
Had Penang food with the Funties and Funcles, and visited Karmen's new loft! Company is always gold, and Karmen, you have very good taste in design (and friends too :P) Definitely need my haircut this week!
Had Penang food with the Funties and Funcles, and visited Karmen's new loft! Company is always gold, and Karmen, you have very good taste in design (and friends too :P) Definitely need my haircut this week!
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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