Feeling overwhelmed with your daily activities? It’s time to discover a simple lifehack that will help you cultivate healthy habits, stay organized and become more productive – your own Kanban board
So many things to do, so little time – we all get overwhelmed with our daily activities, related to work, family, friends, as we try to stay on top all our schedules and deadlines. Keeping your duties neat and organized will not only save your time, but it will make you feel positive and closer to achieving your goals.
You can find online numerous tips on how to organize your life, but we would like to focus a very simple one – a personal Kanban board. It originated in the Lean principles, created to improve car manufacturing in Japan (and helped it become a global leader), and it is based on 2 principles: visualizing our work and limiting our work-in-progress. One of the most important reads on the topic is Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life by Jim Benson and Tonianne De Maria Barry. The authors explain that “visualizing work allows us to transform our conceptual and threatening workload into an actionable, context-sensitive flow, and 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.”
So let’s get started: all you need is a pen, piece of paper and some post-its. As soon as you start using it you will get a simple visual overview of your activities, it will be much easier to assign the priorities to your tasks and it will surely prevent you from doing too many things at the time.
To sum up:
- Visualize Your Work at any time, look at your overall workload, and you will be able to determine quickly what you should work on next, decide the priorities and time to complete, and that system should be easy to add, remove, and re-organize.
- Limit Your Work In Progress to a certain number of task at the same time, it will make it easier to visualize your work and it will help you complete them one by one, without the necessity to engage in often difficult multitasking
It might seem rather too simple to be efficient, but actually it’s supposed to be like this, and believe us, it works! if you are more of a tech-savy person there are numerous online Kanban boards that you can use like Trello or KanbanFlow.
Check out our insight on 3 Free Project Management Apps You Need to Try Now, including Trello.