Long to-do lists can often feel overwhelming.

The Kanban method is a planning system that lets you divide your to-do list into 3 parts; what needs to be done, what is in progress and what is completed.

Byte Author Uploaded Image Using this method to manage your to-do list will give you an at-a-glance view of your tasks in each step.

Let's Make A List!

First, make a list for things to do today or tomorrow, for school or work, or even a personal project.

Don't worry about the order of the tasks or the length of the list.

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The To-do List

  1. The first column on the Kanban board is the "To-do" column.

Move tasks from the list you made to this column. Focus on tasks you want to accomplish now.

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In Progress Tasks

  1. The "Doing" column comes next.

Move tasks you are working on to this column. Tasks do not have to be done in order.

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Note: You can add more sections before and after this columnif you have a task that requires more than just a completion e.g. a feedback phase.

Quiz

Which one of these tasks belong in the "Doing" column?

Task Completed!

  1. The final column is the "Done" column.

Move finished tasks here.

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Good job! You've completed a task from your list.

Being able to see your progress will keep you motivated to continue with the next task on your To-do list.

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Summary

Organizing a to-do list doesn't have to feel like a monumental task.

The Kanban method will keep your to-do list manageable and help you stay focused on your goals.

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Joanna Vieira

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