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

The Overhead of Overwork

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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 we naturally overload others as well. When we visualize our work, we quickly see that there is too much. Strangely … Read More

Jim BensonThe Overhead of Overwork

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

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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

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

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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 Personal Kanban is that it is a visual system. Visual systems rely on visual cues that let us know what … Read More

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

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

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What is the Personal in Personal Kanban?

Jim BensonPrimers1 Comment

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 period. Since we rarely act fully alone, no Personal Kanban is ever going to only relate to us as individuals … Read More

Jim BensonWhat is the Personal in Personal Kanban?

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