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My Batching Process

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By Emily Quinton

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Many of you have asked for more details and my work flow for batching. As you know I am a huge fan of working in this way, so anything I can share to help you I will happily do so!

What is Batching?

If you've missed me talking about batching you can hear more here .

Essentially, it is putting together similar tasks and doing them together without the distraction of anything else. By focussing hard on one type of task at a time you will work more efficiently and therefore achieve more each day.

I batch writing, social media planning, videos, podcasts, emails and lots of my photography.

How I start planning?

This year my big 2018 wall planner has really helped me to plan. I can see the whole year in one go, which may feel daunting but for me it has made me feel really organised. I can look ahead and see the school holidays, celebrations that I want to feature and really plan in a much more structured and helpful way.

It can often feel like there is no way we can create all the content we need but by scheduling in weekly posts, podcasts and live sessions, I've already got structure to work to.

I then take a big piece of paper and plan each month. I then transfer that planning onto my wall planner.

Thinking Ahead

Planning in this way is really helping me to think ahead in ways that I found harder without a full year planner. I am already working towards having content made for the Easter holidays and our big Makelight Project in May/June.

Leaving Room For Spontaneity

As well as planning ahead I also leave room for being spontaneous. Often things come up in the news, new products are released or questions are asked that spark new content ideas. You don't want your plan to be so tight that you can't move things around. Remember to be flexible for when you need and want to be.

Scheduling in my work

Once I have my content plans then I can begin to bundle up my tasks into batches and then book them into my diary.

So, this week I know I need to book in a video day for example. On that day I will try to keep it clear of as much other things as possible. Or at least keep the other activities for after the videos have been made.

I will then make myself two lists. On the first list are all the videos that need to be made to put out over the next two weeks. And on the second list are other videos that would be great to do if I can manage it. Sometimes I can only manage 3 videos before I get tired and on others days I can quite happily make 10!

I plan my outfits the evening before, so that I'm not wasting natural light time on that. And I also make sure that all the batteries are charged and I have enough empty memory cards.

Learning from each batching exercise

One of the most important things I have learnt this year is to make sure I'm learning from each batching experience! I have already made some great improvements in my work flow that make the whole thing even better.

For example, when I take the photographs for my book reviews. I then edit them and upload them into the software we use to create our Makelight content. If I don't have time to write the posts then I make a draft for each post and upload the images into the right posts.

When I record the Podcast episodes then I have a similar workflow. I upload, add images and then put them in the draft posts.

Celebrating the extra time

There is no doubt that batching my work this year has given me extra time. It has been wonderful to be able to spend more time with my children and friends. To be able to do some fun photo shoots and to have some time to potter about, which has to be one of my favourite pastimes ever!

Questions

If you have any questions about Batching then please leave them below, so I can answer them in another post for you. I want to help you as much as I can! xo

I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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