Maintenance DayEach week has 168 hours. We have the ability to choose to
make the most out of these hours. However, we often regret how to spend time. How can we give more to those things we value and less to those we don’t? is the general question.
In order for things to continue working properly, they need maintenance. Without recurrent maintenance, things will break more often and cost more in the long run. Celebrate the day by performing maintenance on anything you can think of.
Every Sunday is my maintenance day. You group all of your “maintenance tasks” together and do them on the maintenance day. This process can also be called batching.
Best example, think about the way you do laundry. You don’t just take every single dirty piece of clothing you have and put in into the washing machine, right? Instead, you wait for enough clothes to pile up, and then you wash them.
By completing them this way, you can maximize your focus on one type of task over a period of time, and therefore greatly increase your productivity on that particular job.
Maybe you check your Finance or pay your bills whenever you just get around to it, but there can be major detriments to doing things this way. For a simple example, if you have a recurring reminder to check the air pressure on your car every 3 months, you’re less likely to be out in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire.
One thing to take into consideration is the potential inconvenience you could face in the long-run by not having a maintenance task. The task has to be of greater value than the time it takes to complete on a regular basis. Note that any maintenance system should not be set in stone. Make your best guess as to how often you’ll need to do it, and then modify how often it recurs based on your specific needs.
It’s a more systematic way to maintain your life, business, and the people and objects around us.
Let’s discuss the Importance of Maintenance Day:
• It’s much easier to get the ball rolling, especially when you start on a smaller task such as reading an article, or other related tasks. Once we get used to form a chain of actions around the tasks it’s much easier to finish all of them at once than to do them independently.
• Whenever you have to do a bunch of boring or menial tasks, it is inevitably easier to do them all at once. It establishes a mindset or a frame of reference for what kind of work you’ll be doing.
• It’s a great opportunity to plan out your week in advance. Check on your calendar to see what’s in store for the week. What meetings, events or calls do you have and what do you have to do to prepare for them? Are there any scheduling conflicts that need to be solved?
Grouping a bunch of similar tasks together offers a chance to listen to your favorite music, podcast or audiobook. Once you’re able to justify the work as a learning opportunity, it’ll make it all that much easier to get started.
Much like a warm up routine for a sport or gym workout, there’s a certain level of mental preparation that we must undergo prior. Grouping similar tasks together and then executing them is in part more successful because of the frame of mind it forces you to enter.
Having the mindset is also just as important as having the right context and conditions which allow you to enter that frame of mind.