Get Work Done and Stay Healthy

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I’ve been watching myself. Asking myself why do I do certain things? Why do I lose track of time? I’ve combined a few regimens that have calmed me down, increased my effectiveness, and made me feel healthier. I’ve created for myself things that some blithely call “habits”. But we all have habits we’re not really proud of and the word … Read More

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What Was I Just Doing? Zeigarnik Forgetfulness

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“What was I just doing?” “What was I just talking about?” How many times have you been happily working away on something, creating value, just a wonderful productive piece of a great masterful universe then … you are interrupted. A phone call, an email, someone nearby sneezes, your attention is diverted. Then … what happened? What was I doing? This … Read More

Jim BensonWhat Was I Just Doing? Zeigarnik Forgetfulness

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

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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

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Dave Prior’s Quest for Understanding: A PK Interview

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Dave Prior’s interview covers three or four big things. 1. What is our work really? Is it getting things done or is it satisfaction? 2. What is collaboration? 3. Why does Personal Kanban lead to surprising realizations about the impacts of our choices? 4. Backlog guilt. A fun, excellent interview with Dave, a long-time Personal Kanban user and trainer.

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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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It’s About Communication: PK Interview with Trent Hone

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Trent Hone uses Personal Kanban to manage teams, to consult, and to help his family get things done. In this interview, Trent talks about how he uses Personal Kanban and what changes its fostered in his family’s stress level, his ability to complete work, and his teams’ camaraderie. This is the first in a series of weekly interviews of Personal … 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

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I’m Having A Creative Emergency

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It can happen. It does happen. We are being good Personal Kanbaners, we are limiting our WIP. Suddenly we have a burst of inspiration and we just HAVE to get something done. Should we do it? Should we blow our WIP and jump into this new task that has set our mind ablaze? The answer is … maybe yes.

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Fuel and Motivation

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Sometimes we plod. We get ourselves into projects or situations where the only way out is through. We find ourselves on the treadmill. Maybe being productive, but feeling our passion waning or perhaps even gone. I awoke each day over the last week feeling very much this way. I could not find motivation for action. I could still act, of … Read More

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