Everyday you lose a tremendous amount of productive minutes by switching from one task to the next.
Every time you start a new task, you lose precious momentum, energy, and time. This is because you have break the inertia of one task in order to transition into a new one and get those creative juices flowing.
It’s hard to explain but try and see for yourself.
The less time you burn jumping in and out of tasks, the more attention you have available for deep, important work.
So whenever possible, I batch tasks together with other similar tasks. If I have a big project to work on this week, I’d rather have two uninterrupted 4-hours chunks than a bunch of smaller chunks scattered around every day of the week.
And yes, I recently read Cal Newport’s Deep Work and am #firedup.