For Context, Clarity, & Continuous Improvement, Get Rid of That To-Do List

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Make list. Become overwhelmed. Cross off low-hanging fruit. Feel good (momentarily). Tackle next easiest task. Repeat. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But why simply optimize for productivity, when you can shoot for effectiveness? Those seemingly interminable, anxiety-inducing to-do lists – we’ve all been beholden to them. But if context, clarity, and continuous improvement are what you’re looking for, there just might … Read More

TonianneFor Context, Clarity, & Continuous Improvement, Get Rid of That To-Do List

Finding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

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There are those days where your Personal Kanban is on fire. You are in a state of flow and tickets are just moving right along. The days go by and you look at your DONE column … it’s full. Really really full. The DONE tickets seem to swim. There are so many of them. You’ve been productive, but what might … Read More

Jim BensonFinding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

Dream BIG…But Get Those Dreams in Writing

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  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 these days. From gilt-framed posters of eagles soaring high above alpine peaks, to bland, bald, and bare-footed Ziggy offering up … Read More

TonianneDream BIG…But Get Those Dreams in Writing

On Focus: Conquering the Shiny Squirrel

TonianneFeatured, Neuroscience, Primers, Psychology2 Comments

    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 additions to your inbox, changes made to Dropbox, and yet another instant message. Ubiquitous numerical displays incessantly signaling friend requests, … Read More

TonianneOn Focus: Conquering the Shiny Squirrel

Sleep: Your Workflow’s Most Important Form of Slack

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  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 throughput, not capacity. Work shouldn’t “fit” into your day but rather, it should flow. Much like how a freeway grinds … Read More

TonianneSleep: Your Workflow’s Most Important Form of Slack

On Working Intentionally: The “Thinking Ticket”

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  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 is they are enlisted to do: think. In an era defined by constant connectivity, information overload, ceaseless distractions, and the … Read More

TonianneOn Working Intentionally: The “Thinking Ticket”

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

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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 of pots/pans/utensils, and a cooler full of water, your four children each pack a suitcase; your wife packs three, your … Read More

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Clarity > Coffee

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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, perhaps it even seems a tad hypocritical how I’m writing this while enjoying a double shot at my local overpriced … Read More

TonianneClarity > Coffee

Little Cues

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Little cues in the tools we use can be very helpful in helping us communicate effectively. The shot to the right is from Slack, a tool that helps us at Modus Institute communicate, collaborate, and stay informed. We use it not only to chat with each other, but also to get status from our Personal Kanbans in LeanKit and Trello, … Read More

Jim BensonLittle Cues

Visualize Your Past

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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 limiting or controlling our WIP is understanding our work – this includes appreciating our work, when we’ve completed it, and … Read More

Jim BensonVisualize Your Past