The best productivity methods keep your to-dos in front of you and prioritized so you never wonder what to work on next. Some are complicated, but others make it easy to see everything, organized by priority—so easy you could use Post-It notes if you wanted.
Let's talk about one of those systems: Personal Kanban.
Personal Kanban is a productivity system that's easy to get started with, only has two real "rules," and is designed to give you a simple, visual look at what's on your plate, what your priorities are, and what you've accomplished.
It's a bit like other productivity systems we've highlighted, like Getting Things Done (GTD) and the Pomodoro Technique. It has a general structure you can follow, and a number of tools that can help you get started and, stick with it.
It's not a philosophy the way Kaizen approach is, but there is definitely room to tweak the system to work for you, and incorporate lessons learned from the things you've accomplished. Let's start with what Personal Kanban is, then get into how you can use it.