Personal Kanban

Learn how to integrate Kanban into your personal life. All daily chores, household care, family life and even weight loss can be organized and managed with a properly setup personal Kanban board.
Visualize and manage work to regain control over your life.

Building Your First Personal Kanban

by Jim Benson
Getting started with Personal Kanban?
Jim Benson, perceived as the father of Personal Kanban, has written a blog post about creating your first Kanban board for personal purposes. Read on, to learn how to set up a Personal Kanban board tailored to your particular needs in just 3 simple steps. Read more »

5s in Personal Kanban

When doing Personal Kanban, you may feel that there isn't much value in the particular ways you're going on about it. Because you're doing this just for yourself, the approach tends to differ from when you're trying to optimize a full project management workflow. So, your task descriptions are less precise, often lack due dates or specific descriptions.
Now, this is all fine, you and no-one else are the master of your person and your time, but.. since you've already got involved with Personal Kanban, you may like to make the most of it. Basing on the original Japanese philosophy, here are some pointers (the 5S) to do just that. Read more »

Personal Kanban 101

by Jim Benson
This presentation is definitely worth watching. It includes everything you need to know about Personal Kanban as well as the answers to the most important questions concerning the Kanban method.
It describes in detail the two fundamental rules of Personal Kanban: visualize your work and limit WIP. Furthermore, the presentation contains the set of four easy steps for getting started with Personal Kanban. Read more »

What is Kanban?

by Jim Benson
This blog post will give you the basic understanding of a personal Kanban. Jim Benson, the author of the famous book „Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life”, explains the the reasons for implementing and the benefits of using personal Kanban to organize your life. He also presents a simple Kanban board that consists of three columns: backlog, doing, and done. Read more »

Why Limit Your WIP?

by Jim Benson, Tonianne DeMaria Barry
WIP is an acronym for Work in Progress and it refers to all partly done tasks that have not yet been completed. Limiting WIP is one of vital principles of Personal Kanban. Why do we pay so much attention to this issue? Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry explain the meaning, the importance and the application of Work in Progress limits. The authors provide the readers with a simple simulation of what happens if you don't limit the amount of work you can handle at one time. Read this post in order to avoid the most frequent problems: leaving things unfinished and compromising the quality of your work. Read more »

Use Personal Kanban to Manage Your Job Hunt

by Johanna Rothman
Looking for a job is a stressful and complex process. Considering where to apply, polishing the resume, gathering and reviewing references, managing social media to keep up with the right network – all this is not only a lot to manage, but also a lot to be worrying about.
Wouldn't it be good to find a way of making this process easier and less time-consuming? Read more »