Plan for Success with a Kanban Board

Those who have been following my blog and/or social media profile for a while know that I’m a writer and I’ve been seeking publication for several years. Actually, it’s been almost six years since I participated in my first pitch contest and submitted a story proposal to an editor. Back in 2013, I had no idea the up and down, rollercoaster ride I’d just hopped on. The joys. The heartache. The feelings of accomplishment. The self-doubt that says it’s time to end the journey. The burning desire that says never give up…the dream is obtainable…the prize is in sight.

I’d have to say my biggest struggle when it comes to achieving my goal of publication is finding enough time for writing. I think this is probably something a lot of writers struggle with, especially if they work a full-time job and have a family. Well, I think I finally have the answer!

This past week, I was introduced to the Kanban Board during a Zoom presentation by Sherri Shackelford for Faith, Hope, & Love members. Talk about a lightbulb moment! So simple, yet, so effective.

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Note: Each sticky note on my board equals one hour of time.

I only have a small dry erase board at my house so I’m going to be working in two week increments for now. I’ve divided my board into four vertical sections and three horizontal sections. The vertical sections are a ‘parking lot’ for things I will address at a later date and three goals (WiP, Blog/Social Media, Contests/Other). Each goal has sticky notes to represent tasks that need to be completed. The horizontal sections represent things I need to accomplish during the two week period (top section), things I’ll work on this week (middle section), and things I’ve accomplished (bottom section). The goal is to move all of the sticky notes from the top section to the bottom section by the end of the two weeks. Isn’t that so simple? I’ve always been a visual learner, so this concept plays to my strengths to help me be more productive.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more goals to move. 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Plan for Success with a Kanban Board

  1. Rhonda, I thought I caught a glimpse of you during the Kanban class Sherri presented. Wasn’t it great?

    I also have trouble finding time for my writing, so I’m excited about this method. I commend you for already having your board set up. Doing two weeks at a time sounds good.

    Thank you for sharing your take on the class! Now to find my sticky notes…..Happy writing in 2019 to you, my friend!

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    • Sherida, the class was so good! When you get your board set up. please share. I’d love to see it. I really think working in time increments is going to work so much better for me than setting word count goals. Happy writing!

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  2. I love how you personalized the board to work for you! That’s what’s great about this kind of visual tool – it can be molded to individual needs 🙂

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    • Sherri, thank you for presenting the webinar! I’m so glad I attended. I really think this is exactly what I needed to help move me forward in reaching my dream of publication. I spent three hours on writing related activities yesterday. The best part is that I know exactly where my time went.

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  3. Rhonda, what a great idea. I’m still experimenting with schedules and organization the plan I had last year bombed, but there’s always hope. And I like the idea of two-week goals. Right now I don’t have that much control over my schedule, so I like to give myself a window of time to accomplish things. Keep up the good work.

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  4. I am so intrigued by this! I have been trying to do a planner yet it is not very motivating for me. I wonder if this would work for me. Hhhmmm. Lots to consider!

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    • Sherrinda, I love planners, but what I’m enjoying about the Kansan board is it’s almost like a game. The object of the game is to move all the sticky note tasks from the top (to do) level to the bottom (completed) level. Will I succeed before time runs out (in my case two weeks)? I’m a very competitive person, so it works for me. I also like that my writing is in time increments instead of word goals.

      Keep me posted and let me know if you give the Kansan board a try.

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