Preschool + Personal Kanban = Kidzban Success

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After teaching in the 4 & 5-year-old student preschool class for many years, the last year I taught I became a teacher in the 3-year-old student classroom.  While excited, I knew it would be a challenge when setting up my classroom because many of these students would not know how to read or would have a very limited sight word … Read More

Jim BensonPreschool + Personal Kanban = Kidzban Success

Kidzban Around the Web #1

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Around the web people are sharing their experiences with Kidzban.  This is the first post of the series – Kidzban Around the Web. With families becoming busier and busier it can be overwhelming keeping up with everything we need to accomplish in each day. Steve Hamilton tackled this problem with his Kidzban.   Steve’s wife was away for 3 weeks, and while … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #5

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This is the 5th post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. There are all kinds of kanban boards I have created and used in different situations. Here are a few images and short explanations: A kanban for summer A makeshift kanban board on a window for a team who had to prepare an event in short time … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #4

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This is the 4th post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. Here are a few kanban boards that were created in trainings with individuals and teams: See the neat illustrations using fish? This participant visualized everything with street symbols A participant explaining his solution out of 10 different kanban boards Using kanban boards in … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #3

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This is the third post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. In my practice, the following board has presented itself as the best and most simple way for me to work in a good flow: 6 columns: To do: Holds the backlog and has no limitation. Next: The … Read More

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Pomodoro and Kanban for Greater Household Throughput

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We’ve written before about the Pomodoro technique, which is (at its most simple) dividing your work into 25 minute chunks and having a bit of rest and recap at either end. I use the Pomodoro Daisuki plugin for Chrome for this. Pomodoro Daisuki is a hybrid Personal Kanban / Pomodoro app that lets you build quick and disposable Personal Kanbans … Read More

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The Kaizen Resolution

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If you are a typical New Year’s resolver, you’ve just taken on a large, daunting, personal transformation project. You want to lose weight or be nicer or play for the Celtics. Good for you! But if you are also typical you (a) haven’t been too successful at this resolution in the past and have recycled it (b) have good intentions … Read More

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Just Close It!

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Recently I noticed that I have a bad habit. I will go through a Pomodoro which includes a lot of research or interacting with multiple web tools. These all end up becoming tabs in Chrome. After three or four Pomodori, I can’t find anything because I have too many tabs open. This causes frustration and creates multi-tasking situations, even when … Read More

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What If I Had A Slack Card?

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“All things in moderation, including moderation.” ― Mark Twain In yesterday’s post, you may have noticed that we have a “Slack Card” in our Personal Kanban for the day. The problem we, like most people, were having was this: Productivity feels good. The Zone feels good. But productivity and the zone can lead to burnout. Just like Pomodoro includes rests … Read More

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Pomodoro Daisuki–Session Based Personal Kanban and Pomodoro

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Today I installed the Pomodoro Daisuki app in Chrome and thought I’d give a quick experience report. So far today, Tonianne and I have run our entire workday using Pomodoro Daisuki. Yes, it has the usual Pomodoro functionality, but some extra benefits. As you can see here, it comes with the fastest set up, easiest use cardwall tool I think … Read More

Jim BensonPomodoro Daisuki–Session Based Personal Kanban and Pomodoro