Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Let's Catch Up And Productivity!!

I just noticed that I have not posted on my blog since March of 2013, I can't believe it has been that long. I am doing all my posting on Facebook and twitter now!

I just wanted to come and write a blog post since I knew it had been a while but I had no idea it had been this long.

Let's catch up a little with whats been going on over at My Country Cottage Signs I have been very busy with Wedding Signs and Birthday Banners, I just got over a bad cold that lasted over 2 weeks. I am finally caught up with all my orders YAY!!

I am gonna start on my fall ideas real soon, right now I am busy filling my sketch pad with lots of new ideas.

Productivity seems to be a problem for everyone, I want to share something I found out about yesterday, maybe you have heard of it. It's called Kanban, it is an incredibly simple and wonderful way to organize your work time. Kanban was originally developed by Toyota back in the 1950s as a way to maximize productivity and encourage the development of new ideas and concepts quickly.

You will need a Kanban Board to do this, you can make it yourself, all you need to make your own Kanban board is a white board, a Dry Erase Marker and some sticky notes. What you do is basically just draw 3 columns that are titled To Do, Doing, Done. When you have a task that needs to be completed, you write it on a sticky note and place it in the TO DO column. After you have begun, move the sticky note to the Doing column, finally when you have finished the task, move the sticky note to the Done column.

Its so easy to use I made one today and I just love it!!! I separated mine with 3 additional sections going across the whiteboard to make it look like a grid, I wrote 3 separate projects on my board. You can customize your board to suit your needs. It feels good moving those sticky notes across the whiteboard until you've completed your task at hand. I love the visual organization of my board and it gets me focused in a way that I never had before. The concept is so simple but truly helpful.

Here is a picture of mine so you can see how it's made, mine is nothing fancy you can make yours as elaborate as you like. I needed quick and simple, excuse the smudges, I will clean those up later. Oh No, Now you know the tasks I have to complete, well now it will keep me accountable...LOL

Well I took it one step further, I found an app for my note 3, my tablet and my computer that syncs all my tasks to all three locations. It's called Trello for the app, and for your computer. I love this, so when I am not near my Kanban Board I can still write down my task and later add them to my Kanban Board.

I feel so Productive already, I have been hunting for the perfect productivity system for a long time and I finally found it.

I hope Kanban can help you with your productivity, let me know if you give it a try. I would love to hear how it has helped you.

Here's to a productive day until next time,


P.S. Next time won't be this long, I promise!!