Quick question. Which is quicker – mixing up a quadruple batch of chocolate chip cookies, or mixing up four single batches?
If you said the quadruple batch, you’re spot on. And this is the reason my mom always used to mix up a quadruple batch when I was a kid. It only takes a little bit longer to measure everything out in multiples, than to have to repeat the process every week because you’ve run out of cookies.
I think it also had something to do with stretching out the chocolate chips to last longer. She’s sneaky like that. 😉
My point is, it’s quicker to do lots of the same thing in bulk, than to do it once every few days, weeks, or months. It may seem quicker to do just one at a time, but when you add it up, it comes out to a lot more time.
For instance: when I ran my nappy business, it was so much quicker to sew a bulk lot of six nappies than to do one at a time. When I did just one at a time, I had to do each step for each nappy. When I was doing several together, each part went quicker, because I got into a routine.
I could sew one nappy in an hour, or six nappies in five hours. You do the math.
You can also apply this rule to things like writing blog posts, newsletters, and social media updates. When you set up a lot of them at once, you get it all finished ahead of time. And then you don’t have to think about it later!
I’m batching my blog posts right now. My baby is due in about a month, so I’m getting as many posts written and scheduled before I go on leave. This way, I won’t have to think about it while I’m busy getting to know my new baby.
Take a look at your business and see where batching might come in handy for you. For instance, packing all orders at the same time, producing multiple of the same product at once, or writing multiple blog posts for publication later.
I guarantee batching can help your biz in some way. If you’re not sure how, leave a comment below telling me what you do, and I’ll try to help. 🙂