There’s a lot to be said for batching – saving up similar jobs and then working through them efficiently in one go.
But doing little jobs in free moments – in checking-the-news moments, social media moments, junky youtube moments – has its benefits too:
- Doing little jobs can act like a form of mental keepy-uppy, keeping your head in the game and saving time when you come back to the larger job that the small job is part of;
- Ticking off small jobs makes you feel good – which helps you do better work;
- It may be less efficient than batching, but it reduces the cognitive and emotional friction that comes from carrying around a list of undone jobs – so the job might take a bit longer, but you’re faster once its done;
- If you’re a bottleneck for other peoples’ work, your little job can unlock a lot of productivity;
- Doing a job in the space between other stuff can create space for doing them in a new way, or for new connections between unrelated things – one of the benefits of having a little slack in the system.
You might even get a blog post out of it.