Give me an urgent project, a deadline and a block of time and I can get anything done. Give me a bunch of tasks that need to be done sometime this month, with the instructions to do a little bit each day – forget about it!
We all have different ways that we approach tasks. Some people don’t mind interruptions, they can switch between tasks and projects, do a little bit here and there. However, I describe myself as a “batcher “ (someone who does things in batches) not a “juggler.”
As a batcher
- I don’t switch tasks easily
- projects are my forte, I like to focus and give it my all.
- it takes a lot of mental energy to get started, but once I get moving I’m good.
- I can get lost if there is too much information, or too many choices.
- I love a good deadline, it increases my focus, however, anything else that might be going on may be forgotten.
- things that require brain energy, are best scheduled when my brain is at its best.
Sometimes I try to live life against my style and try to be a juggler. When I try to keep a lot of balls in the air, rather than my preferred style of focusing on one thing at a time, my stress level goes up and my productivity goes down. I imagine the opposite is true for jugglers, who may find that doing one thing at a time is tedious.
Sometimes though, life throws me all the balls at once and I have to deal with it. I guess we have to step out of comfort zones now and then.