By Carol Chong

Here at SW+A we’re thinking a little differently about employee engagement. We call our approach “Spirit of 32” and this blog series will chronicle our journey. We’ll share what we’re learning along with resources you can leverage. We’ll be your test bed so if you have ideas, please let us know.

Overwhelmed with how much you have to do? Too many competing priorities? Nothing getting your full attention because you multi-task too much? Not sure where to start?

No worries….KANBAN to the rescue!

The Promise: A calmer, more in control you. A sharper mind. 100% focus. Yep, you’re now in ‘the zone’.

So, what is this KANBAN?? Literally, it’s Japanese for ‘billboard’.  Simply, for us busy marketers, KANBAN is a practical tool that can help make your life easier.

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KANBAN has many benefits, but my personal favourite is that it forces you to prioritize the 1 (or 2) things that you must accomplish without compromise.

As one co-worker described, “It gives me permission to forget about everything else, so I can truly concentrate on the task at hand.”

At a S32 Productivity Session held last fall, we shared KANBAN as one of our “Top 10 Productivity Tips”. We were thrilled when we heard this spontaneous testimonial recently from Amber, “KANBAN changed my life!”

Maybe it could change yours?

NOTE: Do NOT be deceived by KANBAN’s simplicity. There’s quite a bit of science behind why it works.

For more info on KANBAN, check out the following: – Online Tool (free trial) – Personal Kanban website
Personal Kanban: Mapping Work/Navigating Life  By Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry