Kanban Technique in Time Management


It is quite normal for you to have difficulty with how to evaluate and manage your time. There are many techniques in this regard. In our previous discussion, we mentioned the Pomodoro technique about time management.

Think of it, you have a lot of work to do in your life. But you don’t know where to start. There is a method that can solve all these problems. The technique that will help us in this issue is the ancient technique of the Japanese Kanban technique. Kanban actually means wood. It was used by Japanese engineer Taiichi Ohno in around 1940 to organize the works at the Toyota factory. Kanban technique is based on two basic principles. What we do is to visualize and keep it within a certain limit. Kanban technique consists of 3 stages. First, separate a board or wall with three columns and classify it according to the following steps.

Step 1.

At this stage, write the works that have turned into garbage in our minds on post-it papers in different colors and stick them on a wood or wall. You can give a name to the area of ​​these papers such as “to do”. It will be important for the motivation that the colors are different and attractive.

Step 2.

After completing the first stage, it came to the second stage. At this stage, you can see it as the stage to start doing the works you have set in the first column. You can choose the name you give here as “curently doing”. But you shouldn’t stick a lot of paper in here from the first part that you need to pay attention to. Because when you choose too much work to do, this place will create a separate chaos area. As recommended in our research, there should be at most three works. The reason for this is that very few people have the ability to multietasking. Therefore, we have to pay attention to what we choose in this field and the amount.


Step 3.

In the last stage of Kanban technique, there is an atmosphere where we can feel happier than the other stages. Because we’re pasting the papers that show what we’re done in the second stage. It is extremely important that we are able to finish what we started. When we finish our planned work, serotonin hormone is released which helps us to calm down and feel good. When we see that we can finish a work, it will motivate is unto getting more work done. On the contrary, our unfinished work can lead to the Zeigarnic Effect in our minds. We can use technology to apply the Kanban technique. Programs like Pivotal Tracker and Trello will help you.


For a more detailed description of the technique, see the video below. You can contact us for professional help.





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