Kanban for my kids

Had to reblog this post by Dana. Great idea to apply a project management tool to real life.

A bit about the simple yet powerful tool Kanban. It was invented by a Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. All you need is a board and post-it notes and you can move tasks from one column (stage) to the next as they are completed.

If you prefer this tool in the form of a free app then Trello is great for personal use.

Ramblings of a Project Manager

I am a working mom of three wonderful kids, but seriously getting three kids up, ready, fed and out the door can be an epic challenge every single day.   If you have kids like mine they never seen to remember the tasks that need to be done everyday. The same tasks never change but they can’t seem to focus on them and they can’t seem to get any of them done with out me hounding them for status….are you done yet, are you done yet, are you done yet.   All I can think each morning is please make the pain of this stop.

Each weekend the kids also have their chores that they are responsible for completing.  I use to create little todo lists for each of them and then they would cross off the tasks as they completed them.  This worked well for the weekend chores but not so well for creating…

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Time Management: Two Minute Cleaning

This sounds like an excellent method for getting more done. Just looking at clean surfaces will make you feel more serene and it will be two minutes well spent.


The Struggle

As you may have read in my previous blog post, I struggle with procrastinating and being unproductive in my role as a stay at home mom and homemaker. After reflecting on my habits, I realized there are a few reasons that I put off necessary tasks (such as cleaning, dishes, that nagging project that has needed to be done since we moved in):

  • I won’t have enough time to do them.
  • Interruptions will cause me to stop the task altogether, and it will look worse than before.
  • I don’t feel like doing them.

After reading about the two-minute rule, I decided to try an experiment and see if it works with helping me clean my house. The basics of the two-minute rule: if it takes two minutes or less, do it now. If it takes longer, spend two minutes working toward that goal.

The Experiment

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