Create A Theme For Your Days To Batch Similar Work And Avoid Switching Costs

Batching is a productivity principle that involves grouping similar activities together for efficiency. Jack Dorsey—the current CEO of Square and former CEO of Twitter and Square at the same time (!)—takes advantage of batching by setting themed days. Dorsey shares:

On Monday, at both companies, I focus on management and running the company… Tuesday is focused on product. Wednesday is focused on marketing and communications and growth. Thursday is focused on developers and partnerships. Friday is focused on the company and the culture and recruiting. Saturday I take off, I hike. Sunday is reflection, feedback, strategy, and getting ready for the week.

As revealed in Hack #20 (Make in the Mornings, Manage in the Afternoons), you can also try batching strategic work in the morning and managing/meetings in the afternoons. Another idea: batch your weekly food preparation on Sundays. With batching, you’ll work smarter, not harder.

Source: Ben Meer