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Task Batching vs. Time Blocking: What’s the Difference? Which One’s Better for Time Management?

June 5, 2023

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Task Batching vs. Time Blocking: What’s the Difference?

Task batching and time blocking - easily two of my favorite time management strategies! And chances are, you’ve heard of them too. But do you know how to USE them…well? In this episode, I dig into all the details, like what makes them different, how they can help you focus, and what it takes to make them your most loved time management tool yet!

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Ever heard of task batching vs. time blocking? Chances are, you’ve probably at least heard them mentioned at one time or another. They’re the OGs of time management after all…and they just so happen to be some of my favorite strategies too!

Task batching is when you group like-tasks together, or tasks related to one project, and get them done in an allotted time period. Time blocking, on the other hand, refers to when you actually schedule the tasks into specific blocks during the day.

But believe it or not, there’s actually a pretty big difference between the two, but they often get roped together and used interchangeably. However, when you have a better idea of what they do and how they can help you stay productive, organized, and on top of your to-do list, they can be a game changer!

Task batching vs. time blocking — and why the difference it matters

Bad news to all my multitaskers out there — multitasking is the fastest way to kill productivity! That’s because when you multi-task, when you shift your focus from one thing to another, what you do becomes less efficient. And it can actually take an average of 23 minutes to get re-focused after getting distracted

That’s why far too often we end the day feeling “busy” but not necessarily “productive.” And it’s also where both task batching and time blocking come in handy. But first, you need to know how to do them effectively, so you can get the most bang for your buck (or in this case…your time!).

In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • The difference between task batching and time blocking 
  • Why they both can be effective time management strategies
  • How to use them both well

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