One of the things I want to get better at is knowing what to do next.
I have always been pretty good at fitting bigger, strangely-shaped tasks into my day (I liken it to a game of Tetris), but knowing what to work on next, when I can work on anything, has been a bit of a struggle.
That’s where my Personal Kanban board has really started to help - although the list of what I could work on is huge, breaking it down into :
Backlog - ideas and possibilities, still in the design/thought stage;
Ready - I know how and what I need to do, I just need to do it;
WIP - work in progress - the three, and only three, most important Ready tasks)
means that I always know where I should be spending my next big chunk of time (and a list of smaller ‘adminy’ tasks in my A6 means I’m also getting better at knowing what to do if I have a spare 10 minutes).
I’ll never be a master of productivity, that doesn’t mean I can’t get better than I was before….