This is a good time to start applying principles of Kanban and Getting Things Done. I want to make a good impression, and being able to master all the new responsibilities I have taken on in addition to fulfilling other obligations would be a good start. I am also feeling somewhat overwhelmed lately with all the things I need to do, and I think having a system for managing it would enhance my sense of control and overall mood.
To do so, I started by creating a free account at kanbantool.com to manage my work-related tasks. The free account lets you create one board. I named it after my client. We'll refer to it as "Client".
I opted for a simple 3-column Kanban board (To-Do, In Progress, Done).
It became clear that some of the things I need to do can be grouped into related projects (a la GTD). For example, I am assembling a standup desk and that could be a separate project. Since I started that on the first board already, I decided to leave it there.
In any project, there are task-based and external dependencies which sometimes make it difficult to move forward in a linear sequence. Kanban to the rescue! I can only focus on one or two things at a time anyways (WIP limit), so having this system lets me focus on the things I can accomplish right now, without losing sight of all the other things that need to get done.
I upgraded to the account which allows me to create an unlimited number of boards for all these various projects.
I then created additional boards for various projects -- some work, some personal, some hybrid:
- Job Change Paperwork
- Development POC: Tasks related to creation of a new project based on discussions we had recently
- Garage remodeling
- Work backup kit: I forgot my earbuds today and have resolved to never be without certain items at the office, in case I forget to bring something again. Here's what I need to do to finish that project.