When you are getting started with figuring out your batching schedule it is super important to figure out your work flow. When I was working in insurance full time, my mornings started the same every day.
Get to the office, turn on computer, unforward phones.
Make breakfast (it was usually brought from home, just put together in the little office kitchenette)
Back to desk, filter emails, open my favorite blog to read (not my own). Eat.
Listen to Voicemails and prioritize to call back.
Respond to emails and return voicemails.
I would give myself 30 minutes to do all of the above, of course responding to emails and returning voicemails can take longer than that 30 minutes, but it was still my workflow. Each day started the same and got me in the zone. Now that I work from home here at Cultivate and with The Party Collab I have had to work on creating my workflow. And to be honest, the last two weeks have been so out of whack and I can feel it.
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Here's what my workflow looks like now:
Look at my planner and to-do lists.
Go through email.
Apply to different collaborations.
Create social media posts
Sit down and create content (this could be planning it, making it, editing photos)
Once you have a workflow in place you can then figure out what your routine is like and work with it. The key to this is not to change what you are doing, but to make what you want and need to do work with what you are already doing. Like I said in Monday's blog post, I plan:
1 Day: Planning Content
2-3 Days: Writing all blog posts
4-5 Days: Creating anything that needs to be photographed, gathering past photos
3 Days: Photographing
1 Day: Editing all photos
1 Day: Adding photos to posts
I recognize this isn't always as easy and simple, there are times I don't have the ability to take photos for a certain project on my photographing days because it happens to be a specific shoot being done on a different day and time. And I let that go, it will happen. Being organized is going to be your best friend and I hope I can teach you how to be organized and allow that to give you flexibility.