In 2015, professional writers are writing more than we ever have. I hope you’re enjoying it more too. 🙂 I’ve had several questions about batching; readers want to know more, so let’s see how it works in content creation.
The image above is of my blog content ideas template. You can see that I have two main sections: ideas, and in-progress. I use the template to create a new mind map every month for each client’s blog.
When you use a mind map, you can see where you are at a glance. Most mind map apps will export the map to PDF or JPG, so you can send a map to a client at any time. I send a JPG (image file) to the client, then save the JPG to the client’s shared folder in Evernote.
Batch everything, step by step
In batching, you group similar tasks together. When I’m creating content, I brainstorm either on a whiteboard, or on a large sheet of paper, using a clustering process. It’s the easiest and simplest way to get ideas quickly. Out of 20 to 30 ideas I create, I choose ten, and add them to the mind map. I’ll brainstorm ideas for a couple of blogs in one session.
In the next session, I create post titles in the “In Progress” section of the mind map. I research keywords, and add them to the mind map.
Once that’s done, I’ll choose five of the In Progress items, and add them to Desk, or directly to the blog. I write a quick list outline of each blog post.
In other batching sessions, I edit images, complete drafts, do a little more research, and finally, set up the meta data, and schedule the blog posts.
“How does batching save time?”
Readers have asked how batching saves time.
- You only set up for the task once per session;
- You get into the mind set for the task, so that you can get things done more quickly;
- You eliminate procrastination.
Try batching. You’ll find that you get much more done. Your writing improves too, because you’re leaving time for your subconscious mind to work on the material.
Batching for Kindle publishing: group tasks
Procrastination’s the biggest challenge for my Kindle indie publishing students by a long way.
Batching helps you to eliminate procrastination, especially if, as I encourage you to do, you have two or three ebooks in progress at any one time:
- (fiction) Brainstorm characters and plot;
- (fiction) Research several books in a session. Leave XXX marks in your typescript where you know you need to research;
- (fiction and nonfiction) Collect meta data keywords;
- (fiction and nonfiction) Find beta readers…
Set up mind maps as batching dashboards
As we’ve said, batching is grouping similar tasks together; then working through them. If you wish, you can set up mind maps as batching dashboards. Add document and app links to your dashboard, then open everything, and get to work. This is useful if you continually find yourself searching for documents you need.
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