Category Archives: Primers

Dream BIG…But Get Those Dreams in Writing

  Perchance to Dream? No doubt you’ve seen evidence of its ascendance: the cottage industry that’s become a multi-billion dollar “motivational industrial complex” of sorts. Its rallying cry If you think it, you can achieve it! is plastered just about everywhere … Continue reading

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The Overhead of Overwork

In her post yesterday, Tonianne talked about Limiting Work-in-Progress to help achieve focus. We have to limit our WIP on purpose because we do not limit it naturally. We naturally assume too much work. We naturally overload ourselves. This means … Continue reading

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On Focus: Conquering the Shiny Squirrel

    The vibration of your mobile phone calendar reminding you of your 11am conference call. Dots flashing on your Fitbit guilting you to get in your steps at lunchtime. Aural and visual radiators on your desktop alerting you to … Continue reading

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Sleep: Your Workflow’s Most Important Form of Slack

  It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck In Personal Kanban, Jim and I discuss how workflow should be optimized for … Continue reading

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On Working Intentionally: The “Thinking Ticket”

  The quality of art is that it makes people who are otherwise always looking outward, turn inward. ~ the Dalai Lama   There’s a certain irony in the fact that knowledge workers are often afforded little time to do what it … Continue reading

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Capacity: It’s a Matter of Content…and Context

Envision This: You’re heading to a cabin in the mountains for a week-long getaway with your family. Your car is in the shop so you schedule a rental to be delivered. In addition to six bags of groceries, a box … Continue reading

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Pattern Matching: Use Your Personal Kanban to See What is Really Happening

I see people setting up their Personal Kanban with one color of post it note and then finding it hard to select their next task or figure out what they’ve done at the end of the week. The strength of … Continue reading

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Clarity > Coffee

Okay. So I recognize the title of this post might stir up some controversy, especially among my fellow coffee enthusiasts. Not to mention it undoubtedly puts me at risk of getting exiled from my beloved adopted home, Seattle. And yes, … Continue reading

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What is the Personal in Personal Kanban?

What is Personal? The “Personal” in Personal Kanban can mean many things. Capital P Personal – This is the personal nature of you. Your work, your decisions, your professionalism, your problem solving, your improvement, your life at home, your life … Continue reading

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Five Years of Personal Kanban | Travel, Exploration, and Learning

It’s been 5 wonderful years since Tonianne and I released the Personal Kanban book. The people we’ve met, the problems we’ve helped solve, the boards we’ve seen have been amazing. Every problem we’ve seen has had unique bits and predictable … Continue reading

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