Show Notes

Episode 51: Daily Action vs. Batching

Is it better to take care of regular tasks daily or let a backlog build up and then take care of it all at once? You probably won’t be surprised by the answer that question: It depends. This week Janine and Shannon discuss their ideas around which tasks are better handled daily and which can be batched.

Discussion topics include:

  • Tornadoes in St. Louis
  • Taking care of things every day versus letting things build up to do at once
  • Janine’s affinity for daily habits
  • How it’s more beneficial to batch some tasks rather than do them daily
  • Areas that really benefit from daily action, like handling email and keeping the kitchen clean
  • How perfectionism can get in the way of putting stuff away
  • Janine’s definition of clutter: Having more items than you can comfortably store
  • How some things are better done in batches
  • Being mindful about approaching tasks daily or in batches
  • How Shannon batches the processing of the mail
  • The Paper Karma app that helps you get rid of unwanted mail
  • Right-turn technology (have you ever seen a UPS truck turn left?)
  • Getting rid of a backlog without adding to it
  • How sometimes a backlog doesn’t even have to be dealt with



2 thoughts on “Episode 51: Daily Action vs. Batching”

  1. I appreciated the pep talk on how to deal with the backlog, especially with genealogy papers. I have boxes and boxes of research that I want to process. I think I will take your advice to heart about starting NOW with new stuff, and working on the backlog little by little. I also went to your site and bought the Paperless Genealogy guide. Looking forward to reading it!

    1. Thank you, Christy! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by a backlog of genealogy papers. But processing it little by little will get it done, right?

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