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 be a better option.

For something with such a staggering amount of information, to-do lists fail miserably at providing the context necessary to effectively prioritize our work, understand and communicate our capacity, or surface issues so we can address them in real-time, preventing them from recurring.

Rather than create a static, task-focused, prescriptive inventory of your to-dos – inviting little more than an opportunity to react – visualizing your work on a flexible, flow-focused Personal Kanban transforms those to-dos into a narrative of your work that promotes cognitive ease and invites informed action. Tasks are situated in context, options and priorities become obvious, and emergent patterns (like recurring bottlenecks) give us the necessary feedback to invite discussion, collaboration, and/or improvement.

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

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