Sometimes our nights go longer than expected. Couple this with the fact that family is important, and you come to a simple fact – sometimes writing an awesome blog post won’t be one’s first priority.
Sad as that is, I try my best to plan for such occurrences with a wealth of half-written content and advice provided to me by friends of mine.
Ever heard of SCRUM? It was originally designed for project management for software development but it works great in a simplified form for everything. LMK if you want more info. 😉
I use it for the soap company like so:Large poster board with four columns: Backlog, Commit, In Progress, Done. You are supposed to use one board for a project, so my main board is for soap production.
You make a stickie note for everything you need to do, if there are multiple people involved, you can use different colors of stickies for the different people. In the right hand corner, you’re supposed to write the estimated amount of time for that task – I don’t do this part.
All stickies start in the backlog. Commit is for stickies that you are committing to do first, if a stickie stays here too long, it needs to be moved back to backlog since you obviously aren’t committed to doing it yet. When you start a task, the stickie gets moved to In Progress. Once you finish, it moves to Done.
Stickies can ride the line between two columns – for instance, if one of my soaps is in the molds but not cut yet, it is riding the In Progress/Done line.
It’s an easy way to get everything out of your head, and lay out progress mapping. On top of that, it feels awesome to see a bunch of stickies in the Done column. I clean off my board every two weeks or so.