The Power Of Batching

There are many things we do that require a large amount of setup before we can actually produce something. For example, these YouTube videos require quite a bit of setup to record. Often, we can increase our productivity in these cases, by learning to produce things in batches.
In this video, I’ll tell you why you might want to consider using batching to help you be more productive and I’ll tell you how I use batching to even make these videos.

About the author

John Sonmez

John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer and a life coach for software developers. He is the best selling author of the book "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual."

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  • DaveSchwReno

    I am really beginning to enjoy your ideas. Glad I found this site.

    This video – on batching – hits to the heart of any small biz owner, but especially to that of the programmer. We, by nature, would like to believe that what matters in a software business is the programming; and just the programming. IOW, if I produce great software I MUST succeed.

    Of course, nothing could be farther from the truth.

    The most successful software companies (or any other company, for that matter), succeed more based upon their marketing than they do the quality of the product. I could go so far as to say that a mediocre product offering with great marketing will probably get one farther than a great product and little or no marketing.

    As a developer, this doesn’t set well with me (and probably not with many others either). Unfortunately, this is reality.

    All this being said, the marketing (i.e. blog posts, YouTube videos, mass emails, etc.) are often relegated to the “when I get the time” category. Your idea for “batch production” is a great way to schedule things so that they get done. Example: Mondays are when I get things done. I write blog posts, send out emails, prepare for my next show, etc. The entire day is dedicated to marketing and related things.

    One thing I have recently begun is to install a simple rule: Never do ONE of a thing; do at least TWO. IOW, if I am writing an email for sending to my list, I don’t write one, I write at least two. Same with BlogTakRadio or videos. That way I begin building up a “next-one-is-in-the-can” queue.

    • jsonmez

      Thanks for the comment and for the great insights.
      I like your idea of never doing ONE of a thing. I need to start adopting that myself. Also, the idea of dedicating an entire day to marketing is something I will try as well.