Weekly Round-Up #268: Kanban Productivity, Death Cleaning & Free Time

Weekly Round-Up #268: Kanban Productivity, Death Cleaning & Free Time


This week we take a look at how you can become more productive using a Kanban App, we learn about the techniques behind Swedish “death cleaning” (not as macabre as it sounds) and we have a great article that discusses the fact that we’re all being told, thanks to the pandemic, we have more free time than usual when that might not necessarily be the case (and we don’t need to feel bad about it).

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Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you’ve had a fun and productive week.

This week we take a look at how you can become more productive using a Kanban App, we learn about the techniques behind Swedish “death cleaning” (not as macabre as it sounds), there’s a great article that discusses the fact that we’re all being told, thanks to the pandemic, we have more free time than usual when that might not necessarily be the case (and we don’t need to feel bad about it) and we also look at impostor syndrome – something that I think we all feel from time-to-time.

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How To: Use A Personal Kanban Board
Kanban isn't a new method for managing your to-do lists, but it's certainly kept itself quite in terms of personal productivity. In this post I look at how to use Kanban Boards to manage your to-do lists and keep track of your important tasks.

Google’s Shutdowns: Another App Bites The Dust – RS Components

Whilst the sheer volume of closures from Google is huge, it’s also an unlikely reminder of how bold the company is. They have regularly launched experimental products, only to kill them off later if they haven’t worked out. Although there have been plenty of fails, Google services and products continue to enrich the lives of pretty much everyone. Today, thanks to its more successful products and services, like Google Maps and Gmail, Google (under its parent company Alphabet) is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, making it one of the top American companies in existence.

The Evolution Of Television – TechTalk

Televisions have been through an incredible transformation since their first creation, but have our viewing habits and the industry changed as much as technology has developed? Currys PC World conducted a study into the evolution of television to investigate just how much the world of TV has changed and adapted over time. While 84% of Brits still prefer to watch on a television set, two in five 16-24-year-olds say they’d rather watch on a non-TV device. What’s more, over 15 million households now have at least one SVOD (subscription video on demand) service and 6% less Brits describe watching TV as “family time” now than 10 years ago. Read the article to find out more interesting facts about the UKs TV watching habits.

The College Student’s Guide To Financial Literacy – Annuity.org

A college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. By managing how you pay for school and what you spend money on, you can worry less about debt and more about your career come graduation time. Attending college or trade school is a wise choice because an investment in your professional know-how gives you the opportunity to make more money and accomplish your dreams. But for many Americans, college is our first lesson in financial literacy, and it isn’t always a pleasant one. Finding the right resources is the first step in how to become financially literate and this guide will help you figure out your college finances.

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Coworking Statistics & Trends For 2020 – DropDesk

Prior to the pandemic, co-working spaces were the fastest-growing type of office space in commercial real estate. While they currently comprise less than 5% of the market, they’re expected to make up 30% by 2030 (CNBC). Flexible space has been growing at an average annual rate of 23% since 2010 and with businesses wanting the ability to be more flexible and cost effective expect to see that growth rate rise even more quickly. In this article DropDesk looks at some of the statistics behind the growth of co-working spaces including market growth and perceived benefits.

23 Stunning Animated And Interactive Infographics (And What You Can Learn From Them) – Visme

Visual communication has always been a huge factor in human interaction. Visuals can help relay any message with very little words or none at all. Infographics, in particular, are a super practical tool for visualizing data and information that can be difficult to skim. They’re also super shareable! But what many don’t generally consider about infographic design is that you can bring them to life with a dose of animation and interactivity. To get your creative juices flowing, Vissme have put together this rocking list of 23 animated and interactive infographics to inspire your own visual content.

Install Kanbani And Get Total Productivity In Your Pocket – MakeUseOf

Kanban is a method of organizing workflows, with a board (or “Kanban” in Japanese) split into three lists: “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done.” Workflows are broken down into boards, then lists, and finally cards. Cards can be moved between lists, depending on the card’s content, the status of the list, and so on.

You might have used Kanban without realizing it, perhaps organizing tasks on a whiteboard, or using sticky notes to process your tasks.

Bringing Kanban into the mobile space, Kanbani adds a selection of useful digital enhancements that super-charge the Kanban experience. You can get it for free from the Kanbani website, from Google Play, and also from the Huawei AppGallery.

From Passion To Profit

Talk To Your Boss About Burnout Before It’s An Emergency – Vitals

Over the past few years, we’ve gotten much better as a culture at recognizing burnout at work. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ve made the changes necessary to address the root causes of burnout, even simply being able to identify when we’ve reached that point (or are about to) has been a step in the right direction. Many of the strategies surrounding how to deal with burnout—including the ones from us—center on the importance of taking mental health days when you need them. It’s time that we take it back even further, and look at what managing your mental health at work can look like on a long-term basis. In other words, rather than waiting until your breaking point to talk to your boss about stress and burnout.”

Swedish “Death Cleaning” Is The New Decluttering Trend – Treehugger

In Swedish, the word is “dostadning” and it refers to the act of slowly and steadily decluttering as the years go by, ideally beginning in your fifties (or at any point in life) and going until the day you kick the bucket. The ultimate purpose of death cleaning is to minimize the amount of stuff, especially meaningless clutter, that you leave behind for others to deal with.”

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology Of How To Handle Haters – Brain Pickings

We are excellent at deluding ourselves, and terrible in recognizing when our own perceptions, attitudes, impressions, and opinions about the external world are altered from within. And one of the most remarkable of manifestations of this is the Benjamin Franklin Effect. The self-delusion in question is that we do nice things to people we like and bad things to those we dislike. But what the psychology behind the effect reveals is quite the opposite, a reverse-engineering of attitudes that takes place as we grow to like people for whom we do nice things and dislike those to whom we are unkind.

How To Transfer All Of Your Facebook Photos And Videos To Google Photos – Android Police

Facebook was around four years before the first Android phone hit the market, and that means many of us have photos living there that far predate our cloud synced, smartphone-snapped photo albums in 2020. It may seem like a bit of a hassle to go in and manually download all these photos and re-upload them to something like Google Photos, but thankfully, there’s a much easier way. Using Facebook’s photo and video migration tool, you can now easily copy these precious images over to Google Photos for safekeeping.

No, We Actually Don’t Have A Ton Of Free Time Right Now. Why We Need To Stop Perpetuating That Myth – Well+Good

Due to COVID-19, an increasing number of people are working from home, or they’ve lost their jobs and are navigating unemployment and hoping for the best. While this is all happening, countless memes and tweets joke about how people are perpetually watching Netflix or stress baking sourdough bread. The idea that we should use our time at home to be as productive as possible—isn’t a new one. But it has become more widespread and controversial during the COVID-19 pandemic, when some people may have more perceived free time, but are also feeling more stressed and anxious. Even if you do find yourself with new pockets of time, other emotional factors may be otherwise clouding your energy, precluding you from nimble productivity we glorify in more normal scheduling. So, the question is: Should be feel guilty about not using or having extra free time? Well+Good thinks not – read the article to find out more.

15 Ways To Organize Your Books – The Order Expert

Are you a self-proclaimed bibliophile, or person who loves to collect and read books? Do you want some thoughtful tips on how to organize all those books in your collection? When it comes to actually organizing a collection of books, however, things can become a bit overwhelming. This can happen if you have the smallest of bookshelves in your bedroom or an entire room (or more!) full of bookcases in your home. But, what’s the best way to organize your books? The Order Expert has some suggestions to get your book collection back under control.

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Impostor Syndrome – 7 Tips For Overcoming This Destructive Feeling – Little Coffee Fox

Impostor syndrome strikes everyone from time to time. Whether you’ve heard this term or not, it is almost certain that you have experienced impostor syndrome at one point or another. Essentially, impostor syndrome is the feeling that you are never good enough — even when there is overwhelming evidence otherwise. Little Coffee Fox has put together 7 tips to help you take back control and regain confidence in yourself.

Have A Great Week

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next time, Stay Productive!

About The Author
Katy is always trying to be more productive one day at a time! Whether it's analogue, digital, motivational or psychological who'll try any system that will help her get things done and get organised. As well as running FlippingHeck.com, she also loves making music and reviewing things.
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