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Complete Meaningful Tasks

The Musing Our work should provide value to someone or something, otherwise why do it? When we build our Personal Kanban, we are building a board that drives us toward completing our work. But is that work worth doing? val·ue … Continue reading

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Visualize Your Past

It’s New Years again and time to take stock of things in our lives. As we know, the two rules of Personal Kanban are to Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work-In-Progress (WIP). One of the most important factors in … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

Sharing some thoughts around my weekly homework from my neuroscience studies Knowledge work is all about attention. Unfortunately that is a scarce resource, easily high jacked by any distraction. Multitasking, i.e. using focused attention on two different targets basically does … Continue reading

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READY COLUMN: Breaking Out Projects

Lots of tickets in our READY column make a jumbled mess. We’re not sure how close we are to completion or what ticket to pull next, Breaking your work into projects in the READY column lets you see both. You … Continue reading

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READY COLUMN: Ticket Aging

In our last post, we discussed a NEW STUFF column. In this post, we are being even more explicit, noting in our Personal Kanban how old tickets on the board are. We have seen, even on our own boards, that … Continue reading

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THE NEW STUFF COLUMN: What’s Just Come in?

Is your READY column filling up with tasks? Is it hard to figure out what’s new, what’s important, and what’s aging? One option to deal with this is a NEW STUFF column. This column holds exactly what it says: New … Continue reading

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PROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises

When we get overloaded, it is very easy to promise people work and then under-deliver. Promises are tricky, they bring with them social costs as well as costs for time and effort. When I promise something to you personally, I … Continue reading

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DONE COLUMN: Daily / Weekly Review

“When do I get tickets out of my DONE column?” People often allow their DONE column to get so full of work that it becomes useless – a huge pile of completed work. There are so many tickets in there, … Continue reading

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DONE COLUMN: How Does Your Work Make You Feel?

When we work, we spend our most precious resources: our time, our energy, and our emotion. Each task we complete takes a little bit of us and we’d like to think that time was not only productive, but impactful. But … Continue reading

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From Daunting to Done: Completing a Dissertation with Personal Kanban

I have never completed anything to date that was more complex, daunting, or onerous than completing my dissertation. From the first day of my doctoral program, I knew that the only way I could complete this monumental task was to … Continue reading

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