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Kanban Crazy

writing Kanban board - CopyI was getting a bit overwhelmed with all the things I have on my writing plate, so I took the drastic measure of creating a Kanban board.  Kanban is a process management tool that helps keep tasks organized and moving.  I thought, why not?  I made three columns:  To Do, In Progress, and Done.  I then wrote everything I knew I need to do on sticky notes.  They start in the To Do column, with the sticky notes prioritized with the most urgent tasks placed at the top.

When I’m ready to do something new, I grab the top task off the pile and move it over to In Progress until it’s Done.  The problem is that more and more things keep getting added to my backlog of things To Do.  But it’s organized and I don’t feel like I’ll accidentally miss something.

I feel like I’m using my whole brain here, right AND left sides.  Geeky, but cool.

2 Comments

  1. Raine

    I’ve never heard of this method but I like it. I’m very behind and unorganized right now, it’s overwhelming because I don’t know where to begin tackling tasks. I gave lists upon lists, I’m definitely going to try this, I like the visual aspect and that you can prioritize. Good luck to you and wish me luck, thank you for the inspiration!

  2. admin

    You’re welcome, Raine. Give yourself a work-in-progress limit, too, so you don’t have too many things going at one time.

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