How to Stop Doing Busywork, Start Doing Your Best Work

Learn how to juggle life's competing demands at the office and home, using Personal Kanban, an award winning visual tool
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  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to keep track of your daily activities? Afraid that you'll forget something important?

Most people feel that there's just not enough time in a day to do everything they need to do, never mind what they WANT to do. Life is a rush from point A to point B, meeting deadlines and milestones in-between, and they associate a lot of stress with day-to-day activities.

But I'm here to show you how you can have less stress and more fun in your life!

Hello, my name is Gerry Kirk.

I have been coaching and training individuals, teams and organizations for 10 years using Agile, Lean and Kanban. I have seen literally hundreds of people transform their lives with Personal Kanban™ through my workshops and individual client engagements.

Only a handful of people in the world actively consult or train in Personal Kanban™ and I am honored to be one of them. Personal Kanban™ forms an integral part of not only my business, but also my personal life. Thanks to Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry for writing the Personal Kanban™ book and sharing this powerful tool.

Hundreds of people have had great results with Kanban under my coaching guidance and I guarantee that you will see immediate results with the Kanban system, too.

This is what some of my clients have to say:

I am pleasantly surprised by this course! When I enrolled, I had never heard about Personal Kanban before. Nevertheless, I was eager to learn about this work management system, because I was feeling increasingly more overwhelmed and frustrated by my schedule and never ending pile of work. [I found] this course was a joy to take: it was engaging, easy to understand and follow, and Gerry Kirk's passion for Personal Kanban is quite contagious! ~ Jennifer Gehly

"I had never heard of Kanban before but once I did this course I realised that it was exactly what I had been looking for. At a glance now I can see what needs to be done and the priority of those tasks. No more 'To Do' lists in the back of my diary! I feel less stressed and more organised. Highly recommended, thanks!" ~ Jennifer Bailey

"I find that the clutter in my head has drastically reduced." ~ Mandar Maranthe

"Gerry [reveals] how to continue to improve your flow of work. In advanced topics, he shows you how to discover more about the how and why of what you choose to do and learn a bit about yourself along the PK journey. ~ Mark Kilby

Are You Ready For a Change?

It's time to say goodbye to the old tools and processes that have let you down in the past. It's time to throw out that unforgiving to-do-list and time to say hello to a new visual management system that will actually improve your life. Time management isn't enough, it's about doing the right things the right way.

This unique and intuitive system will:

  • Reward you with extra time lost from task switching, interruptions and from focusing on time-wasting activities.

  • Free you from feeling overwhelmed by showing all of your options in a way your brain will enjoy.

  • Give you peace of mind with a system you can trust to remember everything important.

  • Make prioritization effective, without making it feel like a chore.

  • Celebrate your accomplishments, and increase motivation to get things done.

The system is simple, because I understand that you don't have a lot of time to learn to use complicated systems. The system is based on two simple rules:

  1. Visualize all your work

  2. Stop starting, start finishing!

Learn how to stop doing busy work, start doing your best work because life is too short to do less than what you love.

Do you want to create more value for your organization?

Do you want to live your best life every day?

Forget about productivity - let's focus on VALUE.

Personal Kanban™ is adaptable to all ages and situations and it is easily accessible to all learning styles. Personal Kanban™ is a pattern, not an edict. It can be moulded and optimized to deliver the best results for your requirements.

Start the course today to transform your life. Get the best value for everything you do by removing stress out of your life. It's easy and it's guaranteed.

Remember, you are protected by a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

Let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • For a physical board, a whiteboard or flat wall space, post-its, good black marker (Sharpie), tape or white board markers
  • For a digital board, a tool of choice or pick one of the ones shown during the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Design and adapt your own Personal Kanban board
  • Reflect on work done in order to make improvements
  • Visualize work effectively to uncover bottlenecks, gain clarity and peace of mind
  • Uncover the damaging effects of too much work-in-progress, and how to reduce its effects
  • Prioritize work so the important isn’t crowded out by the “urgent”

Who is the target audience?

  • Managers, executives and other teams of 1 within larger organizations
  • Startup owners, entrepreneurs
  • Member of a small team
  • Anyone doing knowledge work, which is pretty much everybody
  • Anyone who wants more balance in their life

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Start here - how to use this course
Section 1: Background to Personal Kanban and why it works so well
An excerpt from a 2012 presentation at SDEC in Winnipeg, video courtesy InfoQ.
The power of visualization
Personal Kanban sampler
What do I want from this course?
Section 2: Manage with clarity - how to visualize your work
Should I use a physical board?
Advantages and disadvantages of using a digital kanban board.
Need suggestions on what digital tool to use? Here are a few I recommend.
Discover your options for setting up your own system. Start with a template I've seen used often, and adapt to fit your needs. Be up and running in less than an hour.

Start with a proven, highly effective board design I've refined by working with hundreds of individuals and teams. This is the board design I use myself when getting started on a new venture with others.

Included is a template file you can import into LeanKit, my preferred digital tool. You need the full version of LeanKit, which you get for free for the first 30 days. If that isn't an option, use the board editor to create the one shown. If you are using a physical board, it's simple to go ahead and copy the one shown.

LeanKit: board design tips
Questions often asked when starting out with Personal Kanban.

We all have routine work that needs to get done. There are also new habits/routines we want to establish, like going to the gym or learning a musical instrument. Finally, how much of our capacity do these activities demand?

Learn how to visualize repetitive work in your kanban.

Work pattern: managing project work
3 pages
Download this guide to take some of the guesswork out of designing your board. Fill in the tables and follow the steps to define the pieces you'll need.
Exercise: Show us your board!
Find your rhythm: using Personal Kanban on a daily basis
Section 3: Everyone has a limit - find your optimal flow
Life is a highway - are you stuck in rush hour traffic?
How to use Personal Kanban to move into the fast lane
Exercise: Add WIP limits to your board
Section 4: Discover who you are, become who you really want to be
Discover what needs improvement
Exercise: Add your first goal(s) to your kanban
Make reflection powerful
Section 5: What to start next? Options for managing to dos
Organize your backlog of options
Finding that elusive balance
Prioritization technique: Priority Filters
Section 6: Personal Kanban in different contexts
1 page

A one page guide for running Lean Coffee-powered meetings. Use as a reference for yourself and a handout to introduce others to this effective format.

To download, click on the lecture file below.

Section 7: What's next
Keys to success

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Instructor Biography

Gerry Kirk, Business and personal effectiveness architect

For 10 years I've been laser focused on bringing the best out of teams and individuals. I'm a professional coach and trainer whose worked primarily in the tech world. I've used Agile, Lean and Kanban in large corporations like Rackspace and Mass Mutual, in small innovative startups, as well as overworked non-profits who have a hard time saying 'no'.

Personal Kanban fuels my professional and personal life. I've trained and coached hundreds to tap its power to reach their potential.

Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Here's a few comments from clients and colleagues that sum me up better than I could myself...

“Before Gerry came along we had trouble organizing ourselves and really understanding how to work together as a team. Not just developers but as a company including managers. Gerry helped to increase communication company wide and increase productivity and organization. Using his expertise in Agile, he set us on the right path to company wide success. We still use the ideas and principals he set out for us to this day.”

- Jeb Bisson, IT Manager / Lead Architect, RBB Innovations

“Gerry is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever worked with; thoughtful in the sense of considering options and making wise decisions and more importantly in making those around him feel listened to and valued. Gerry is passionate about building communities and is a strong connecting force in building a shared purpose and aligning people towards achieving a shared vision through action. This of course makes him an exceptional agile coach and trainer.”

- Declan Whelan, Agile/Lean coach and CTO PrintChomp

“I can now visually and tangibly organize all tasks in my life, prioritizing and gaining a work / life balance with less anxiety!”

- Joanne Kovich, Realtor, Century 21 Realty, Director of Marketing, REDMNKY, Busy Mom
Attended in-person Personal Kanban workshop

“Gerry guided us through the entire process of getting started with Agile / Scrum for our project and went the extra mile to ensure that things went smoothly. I enjoyed the creativity in his approach to developing a self managing high performance software development team. I would recommend Gerry to any organization looking to take their IT development to a new level of quality, responsiveness and productivity (not to mention fun).

- Jordan Baker, President, Scryent

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