The article Personal Kanban Part 1 -- Why Todo Lists Don't Work explains the advantages of using a kanban board for personal productivity and the advantages over the use of todo lists.
|Article title||Personal Kanban Part 1 -- Why Todo Lists Don't Work|
|Focus||Personal productivity, Planning|
A kanban board is a means of illustrating task management and the stages tasks go through to completion. Sven Wiegand explains reasons to use a personal kanban board to increase productivity. The first part of the article details problems with relying on todo lists, even with modern tools that have automated reminders and completion due dates.
The second part illustrates the use of kanban boards to keep track of the state and progression of tasks. He illustrates starting with a very basic kanban board and the progression to more detailed boards with columns for various time categories, such as weekly, monthly and yearly due dates. However, a personal kanban board is just that, personal. So, you get to personalize the columns and how to use them.
If you do not already have a personal kanban board and are interested in creating one, there are many tools available. I was introduced to kanban boards on projects that use issues and project boards in github repositories. That prompted me to create a personal kanban board using gitlab issues, with separate labels for each of my multiple projects. Using a personal kanban board does not eliminate problems with context switching between projects, but is extremely helpful. The follow-on article refers to several kanban resources and details the use of one of them, Trello. Below are references to Part 2 of the series and an article that describes using gitlab for kanban.