Batch Work vs Daily Tasks

Batch Work vs Daily Tasks

Is it better to batch all of your work or have daily tasks? Personally, I believe it depends on the person. Batching work is like doing a month’s worth of work in one day. For example, some bloggers will write a month’s worth of blog posts all in one day. Then they don’t have to worry about doing one each week. It sounds great in theory but I feel like it depends on who you are and how you work if this method is right for you.

Batch Work vs Daily Tasks - mom blog from home

Batch Work vs Daily Tasks - Mom Blog From Home
Batch Work vs Daily Tasks - mom blog from home

Batch Work Pros

Here are the pros of doing batch work.

  • It is all done at once and you can check it off the list for the whole month.
  • It only takes one or two days to complete a month’s worth of content which is a major time saver.
  • You are able to brain dump and get all of those ideas out and things flow into the next easily.
  • You can get more done in the month if each day you batched everything.

As you can see there are great pros to this method. You are able to check big things off your list. A month’s work of work can be done in one week. If you batched all of your blog posts one day, your images the next, your social media posts next, your emails the next, and so on!

In the first week of each month you could have all your major work done and would still have three more weeks to work on everything else!

However to me, as great as it sounds it also has some cons that come along with it such as these.

Batch Work Cons

  • It can be overwhelming.
  • What if you have a foggy brain day that day.
  • What if something comes up that day and you can’t reschedule so now your behind.
  • If you go too long in between working you may feel disconnected.
  • If you dedicate one whole day to one thing then other things may not get done.

To me, the process seems overwhelming. I love the idea of it all getting done in one day and to schedule one day a month to finish a month’s worth of work sounds great! But at the same time, there are so many daily tasks that I do each day that it kind of feels overwhelming because I would get backed up on those.

Then if I were to write 4 blog posts in one day and then not write any more until the next month I worry I would be disconnected and lost. I would have to go back through what I wrote before to get myself back into the flow.

Also, a lot of bloggers are growing their blogs on the side with only 30 minutes a day to spare. They don’t have this option to batch all of their work. Or maybe this method is perfect so they only have to work a few full days out of the whole month.

This is where I again feel like it depends on the person as to which method fits into their lives. Let’s look at the pros of doing daily tasks.

Daily Task Pros

  • You are able to check things off daily.
  • Smaller “bit-sized tasks” are less overwhelming.
  • You stay involved daily and fresh in your business.
  • You have the option to move things around or change things.
  • More things get done each day.

I love checking things off of my list and even if I only put three major things on there a day that makes me feel like I made progress. Then if I have to roll something over to the next day I can do that. With batch work I don’t feel like that would work. Then you would have pushed a large project over onto another day full of another large project.

Life is too unpredictable and I feel like with daily tasks I can knock out a few small projects and feel like I have gotten something done.

Also, this helps me be able to choose which small project I can put into each time frame I have blocked off!

Of course, there are also cons that come with doing daily tasks.

Daily Task Cons

  • May take up more time than batching per each project.
  • With a bunch of little tasks, you may feel overwhelmed.
  • Things could get lost or forgotten on the to-do list.
  • The list feels like it gets longer and longer every day.

Daily tasks may feel overwhelming to some. Once more it just depends on the person. Seeing a long list full of little projects may be too much for someone. As another person may see small attainable goals.

It is all about your perspective and how you personally handle projects and to-do lists!

What should you do?

The best way to find out which one is right for you is to give each one of them a try! If you have a Saturday that is free then you could try dedicating that whole day to only batching one month’s worth of work. Then you will see if that worked for you or if it was a struggle.

Go through the list of pros and cons of each and get a feel for what you think you can handle.

Combined them

Then (and this is actually what I think I am going to do) you could even try doing both! Pick the project that seems to be the hardest for you to get done and put that at the top of your list at the beginning of the month.

Batch that work and then you don’t have to procrastinate on getting that project done each week. It will already be done for the whole month!

Now you can focus the rest of the month to getting your daily tasks done!

Which method works best for you?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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How to Handle Mean Comments

How to Handle Mean Comments

It is bound to happen, nowhere on the internet is safe from receiving mean comments from someone about something. For some people that is literally all they know how to do is to speak hate. And some say you have finally “made it” when you start getting haters.

First off, that is extremely sad. The fact that we have to just accept the mean comments and use them as a milestone of “making it”.

I usually receive nice comments or a lot of spam comments but I also haven’t been out in the spotlight much. I am the more laid back, stand in the back of the room kind of person. Which is hard to be and try and have a blog that brings in a lot of traffic.

How to Handle Mean Comments - Mom Blog From Home

How to handle mean comments - mom blog from home

How to handle mean comments - mom blog from home

Thousands of Page Views

Well, recently I had a pin go viral and it shot up to over 24k impressions in one day. I started to receive around 2,000 more page views a day from that one pin. Once I saw the spike in traffic I, of course, made a few more pins and two out of those three are taking off as well.

This showed me that it was the content of the blog post, not just the image that was driving them to my blog.

At first, it was just one big spike and then it started to trickle but then it picked back up again, thanks to Tailwind, and it has maintained for the last 5 days.

Random Blog Post

Sometimes we plan every detail of a blog post out and other times we just write something up quickly. I like to write as if I am talking to my audience. That can be good and bad.

I tend to ramble even though I feel like it is all relevant.

This blog post that took off was one of those that I just rambled on talking about a fun fact I had found.

Cue the Mean Comments

I didn’t realize it at first until I just happen to see on my pin that there were three comments. I read the comments and two of them were brutally honest about my blog post and how it was too long.

That hurt to read.

The third comment was someone saying “thanks now I don’t have to read this”. So based off of the two comments left that third person decided to not even read my post.

If they didn’t then I’m sure others weren’t either based on the opinion of two people that left a comment.

Take the High Road and Learn From Them

It took me a few minutes do decide not to delete the comments but to learn from them. I had just quickly put the post together. I had already planned on making changes so I went in and cut the fluffy, added a more relevant freebie, and moved around some other things.

I then went back to the pin and commented back thanking them for the constructive criticism (taking the high road). Hoping that would help show that I can handle things with my head held high.

I also hoped that would show anyone else that read the means comments and my reply, that it would still be worth reading to see how I fixed it. So far I have not received any more comments on that particular pin. And as of today, it has over 201k impressions for the month it has been up.

Just Hurtful

On my second popular pin for this blog post, I found three comments on it too. One was cutting to the chase on what my post was about. Another was just stating her opinion about something in my blog post. But the third was just mean.

She called my freebie ugly and that the blog post was a waste of time.

This isn’t something you can hold your head up high and learn from. I could learn from the first two comments on the other pin saying my post was too long.

I can’t, however, change my freebie because one lady thinks it’s ugly. Her comment was only left to be hurtful. There was no other goal behind it, she was just trying to hurt me.

So how do you handle comments like this?

Delete Mean Comments and Move On

I posted in two different blogging Facebook Groups seeking the advice of other bloggers and I received at least 60 total comments and they all said to delete it and move on.

Almost all of them had been in a similar situation and most congratulated me on “making it” by receiving haters and hateful comments.

It is very sad but it is the reality of life.

People are mean and I’m not sure exactly why but you can’t let them get to you. Which is much easier said than done.

Look at The Facts

I had to stop and look at the facts and remind myself this was one person and one comment on how she didn’t like my freebie. On the other hand, I had over 300 people sign up for that “ugly” freebie. So the numbers show that they all liked it!

I haven’t received any mean comments on the blog post or any emails back after getting the freebie. No one who actually went in, read the post, and downloaded the freebie complained. It was only that one person commenting on how she didn’t like my freebie on one of the pins that had over 100k impressions on it.

I had four pins go viral in one month from this blog post with a total of over 490k impressions combined. So the facts were showing that A LOT of people saw this pin and A LOT of people read the post and over 300 people signed up for the freebie.

I couldn’t let one person’s opinion get to me. (again much easier said than done)

There is a time to learn and take the mean comments as constructive criticism, and then there are times to look at the facts and delete those mean comments and move on.

Don’t Let Mean Comments Stop You

I love blogging. I know that I am not perfect. No one is perfect. But I still love to blog and share my tips and tricks I learn with others looking to start a blog too.

I have got frustrated and wanted to quit so many times but I keep coming back because it is something that I love to do. Whether I am making a bunch of money or no money I will always blog.

However, those mean comments really shook me. I hadn’t had mean comments and to receive those it did make me feel like I should throw in the towel.

Then I took time and really thought it over and I can’t believe I let them get to me like that. This is something I truly enjoy doing and it is my outlet.

No haters are going to stop that.

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

 

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