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Do better, not more: My Personal Kanban

Most adults struggle at some point or another with keeping up in today's fast-paced world . I certainly do! Many of us suffer from work and information overload. We search for balance. In their book Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life, Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry encourage us to visualize our work and limit multi-tasking.

Managing work schedules and balancing our personal lives is hard. In the introduction for Personal Kanban, I love how Tom McCluskey (retired Deputy of Human Resources for the CIA) calls this our "crap to fun" ratio.

Kan - ban is a Japanese word for "sign board."

I created my very own Kanban w/ Post-its and a white board (see "My Kanban" below).

Developing a Kanban can be considered a productivity tool, an efficiency tool or an effectiveness tool.

For me, creating a Personal Kanban is a clarity tool. It helps me understand my own human-ness. There is a limit to my capacity. I shouldn't try to do too much (my mama always told me this). I am continually having to re-evaluate priorities. Sometimes my priorities change and so does my Kanban.

Amazon Says: Machines need to be productive. People need to be effective. Productivity books focus on doing more, Jim and Tonianne want you to focus on doing better. Personal Kanban more...
Amazon Says: Machines need to be productive. People need to be effective. Productivity books focus on doing more, Jim and Tonianne want you to focus on doing better. Personal Kanban is about choosing the right work at the right time. Recognizing why we do the things we do. Understanding the impact of our actions. Creating value - not just product. For ourselves, our families, our friends, our co-workers. For our legacy. Personal Kanban takes the same Lean principles from manufacturing that led the Japanese auto industry to become a global leader in quality, and applies them to individual and team work. Personal Kanban asks only that we visualize our work and limit our work-in-progress. Visualizing work allows us to transform our conceptual and threatening workload into an actionable, context-sensitive flow. Limiting our work-in-progress helps us complete what we start and understand the value of our choices. Combined, these two simple acts encourage us to improve the way we work and the way we make choices to balance our personal, professional, and social lives. Neither a prescription nor a plan, Personal Kanban provides a light, actionable, achievable framework for understanding our work and its context. This book describes why students, parents, business leaders, major corporations, and world governments all see immediate results with Personal Kanban. less...

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Susan L. Says: My Kanban
  • Personal Kanban
    We have had enough of productivity. Let's create value. Personal Kanban gives us clarity in our work and our lives by visualizing those tasks, expectations, and commitments we have and helping us prioritize and complete. With only two simple rules, visualize your work and limit your work in progress, Personal Kanban is flexible enough to have already been used by pre-school classes to Fortune 10 companies. read more - See more at:
  • Kanban Flow
    KanbanFlow is completely free to use, and once you've signed up the tutorial will walk you through the process of creating tasks, moving them across your boards, flagging your to-dos with colors, adding and managing subtasks, and even setting up the built-in Pomodoro timer to work with the to-dos you've added. Adding items and managing them is super-easy, and you can set a timer for any to-do on your boards, including subtasks. If you don't want to cram all of your to-dos onto the same board, yo