5 Ways to Focus and Finish

Jim BensonExpert, Neuroscience1 Comment

Focusing on our most important work (so that we can get it out the door and create value) is hard. It’s harder still when work suddenly picks up, is unfamiliar, or arrives with immediate deadlines when we are already busy. The tyranny of the urgent often distracts us from what is truly important. We lose focus on the important and … Read More

Jim Benson5 Ways to Focus and Finish

Q: What stops you from acting? A: You!

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Most of us, in our heads, have a list of “If I had onlies”.  These are horrible little things that nag us. If I’d only painted those steps, if I’d only bought those shares when the company was at the bottom, if I’d only … It’s clear we can’t live in a world of regret, but it’s also clear that … Read More

Jim BensonQ: What stops you from acting? A: You!

Dream BIG…But Get Those Dreams in Writing

TonianneFeatured, Neuroscience, Primers, Psychology, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

  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

TonianneDesignPatterns, Featured, Neuroscience, Primers, Psychology, Uncategorized2 Comments

  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

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

Clarity > Coffee

TonianneFeatured, Neuroscience, Primers, Psychology, Uncategorized1 Comment

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

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

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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 bits. What’s been fun is learning what are those really predictable parts, what parts seem predictable, and what is novel. … Read More

Jim BensonFive Years of Personal Kanban | Travel, Exploration, and Learning

Personal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

Jim BensonFeatured, Neuroscience, Psychology2 Comments

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 not exist. What you are able to do is to do a lot of things on autopilot (i.e. walking, breathing, … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain