5 Compelling Reasons to Start Batching Your Tasks

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Batching is when you group similar tasks together and then complete them all at the same time. For example, rather than spreading your errands over the whole week, you would run them all on one day. Instead of checking emails constantly throughout the day, you would batch all email activity into 2 or 3 pre-determined times during the day.

There are many benefits to batching your activities when you have ADHD.

Here are 5 of them!

1.     Be In Charge of Your Day

When you batch your tasks, you are in charge of your own day. Rather than responding to other people's demands (via email or phone, etc.) throughout the day, you focus on your priorities and then reply to those requests at times that are convenient for you.

2.     Zero Multi-Tasking

One of the biggest benefits of batching tasks is you stop multi-tasking. This is a huge breakthrough for your productivity. Multi-tasking gives you the illusion that you are being productive. However, the brain can only focus on one thing at a time; so when you are multi-tasking, you are quickly shifting your focus from one thing to the next. That rapid focus shift fatigues the brain and the quality of your work is affected.

In contrast, when you batch your tasks, you allow your brain to focus on one task and stay engaged for a period of time. This means you are able to be more creative and produce higher standard of work at a quicker speed.

The reason why people with ADHD enjoy multi-tasking is that it feels exciting and stimulating. If you find you miss the drama of multi-tasking, it may take you a little time to fully embrace batching. Nevertheless, persist! The results are worth it.

3.     Reduces Transitions

Many people with ADHD find transitioning from one activity to the next, challenging.

Batching is very helpful with this ADHD characteristic because the number of transitions per day is greatly reduced. Also, because you are more in charge of your time, you limit the unexpected surprises which can be stressful and disconcerting.

4.     Helps with Distraction

·         Internal Distractions

Often, someone with ADHD will be working on one task and then remember something else they need to do. They worry if they don’t do it now, they don’t know when they will, so they move from the first task and take care of the second. Then, when they are working on the second task, they remember a third. Many tasks are left abandoned half way through. Batching gives you confidence to know you have time to get everything done with a system in place so you won’t forget anything important.

·         External Distractions

Batching gives you permission to close your phone and computer, and limit external distractions when you are working on a task. You feel confident you will reply to people in a timely manner, so you don’t feel guilty when you let a call go to voicemail.


5.     Motivates You to Plan Your Day

Planning and batching go hand in hand. In order to be a success batcher of tasks, it's a good idea to plan your day ahead of time. Planning your day when you have ADHD is very powerful and it reduces many sabotaging ADHD characteristics such as impulsivity.

Are you going to try batching your tasks?

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