How To Get All Your "Stuff" Done Each Day: Kittens!
Plan your day. Make more time.
Have more fun. Save some cats.
We all have too much to do in a day. And there are no less than one gazillion productivity tools to help you do everything on your list. And it’s not just YOUR list, is it? It’s the list from work. The list from school. The list from life! And then there’s laundry or dishes or just buying toilet paper and putting it on the dang roll.
You know who doesn’t worry about stuff? Kittens. And yet, look at them go. Little productive members of feline society, such as it is. Kittens get the same 24 hours you do, I do and every king, emperor and president has ever gotten since the dawn of time.
The trick to getting stuff done is managing those 24 hours. We've gamified your productivity AND added adorable cats.
The cards in Kitten Things Done are designed to help you make yourself accountable, in a tangible and fun way -- and to DO all the things you have to do each day. It’s flexible enough to use it with other productivity systems, like Reminders on your iPhone, or a web-based, collaborative online project management system. Really! Think of it as a meta-tool.
How It Works
- Build your deck using the cards included. There’s a good sampling of the “stuff” most people who work in offices have to do: Meetings, planning, projects, checking email, and so on (full list below). Each card is a 30-minute increment, so you build a daily deck of 16 cards for your 8-hour day, then another 16 for when you get home, and we’ve thrown in an 8-hour “sleep” card because we’re optimistic you can get fully rested.
- As you go through your day, you’ll “play” each card, and set a timer for each item. As you work through the cards, you’ll see the discard pile add up, meaning you’ve been very productive! If you don’t get to something or want to put it off, just toss it in the discard pile or move it to tomorrow’s deck.
- Before you go to bed, check what you did that day by looking at your discarded cards on one side of the wallet (or whatever system you have for keeping track -- it could be your back pocket, we’re flexible!).
- Now, before you go to sleep, build your next day with the cards in the deck and whatever you pushed off to tomorrow. Your day can’t total more than 24 hours! But it CAN total less, especially if you’re on vacation…
- When you wake up, as you do stuff, just move the card that matches what you’re doing to the discard side and voila! You’re keeping track! You’re getting stuff done!
Now, the idea here is you can use KSD cards as you see fit. They could be something you go to when you’re like, “what do I do next?” Or, you could use them as you check things off a list, moving through your deck to account for all the big and small things you accomplished that day. There are cards that allow for flex time, or time spent chatting with co-workers, and so on. Plus, if you suffer from decision fatigue, just pull one randomly and let fate decide your next task!
Designed For Real-World Use
Personally, I developed these while working a 50+hours a week gig in tech news. I worked at home, and it can be hard to stay on task. So I started using the Pomodoro technique, which makes you focus on a task for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. That’s essentially the system! But Pomodoros are just blocks of time. I had generally similar things to do every day, but not always. Some days I’d have a two-hour meeting, and others I’d need two hours to just write. I hated juggling projects, so I needed a kicker to remind me to jump into project mode. All of this was coming from a very unstructured life, but one I had to keep on track every day. I merged the notion of blocks of time based on stuff that had to get done (projects, checking email, writing, etc.) with Pomodoros, and originally called it Pommes.
But kittens are more fun. Plus, I now have two kittens, KitCat and Jiji, and they are as opposite as night and day. I had planned to write a book on how kittens get stuff done without really trying, but I like games, so here we are. And there's sort of a game included... those numbers on the cards actually account for the energy you "gain" while doing things. Some are energizing, some are depleting. If we get go over our funding level, we'll explain how that works in more detail with a special treat.
- Build your deck as you’d like to spend your time through the day. Put the LAST thing you want to do that day FACE UP (meaning the kitten doing the thing is facing up on the table), then keep adding stuff face up. Ideally, Evening Ritual is that first card (on the bottom), and Morning Ritual is at the top.
- As you go through the day, take the card off the top, and move it over (and turn it over for maximum satisfaction). If your day gets thrown off whack -- maybe a fender bender, maybe a forgotten lunch at home -- you can just move the cards around! Nothing wrong with that.
- At the end of the day, you can easily see what you missed in your plans, and tomorrow you can course-correct.
This gives you the brain rush of checking off a to do list (which you can still do!), and something tangible so you're not checking your phone or computer and getting distracted all the time.
Support Saving Cats and Artists!
A portion of the proceeds will go to cat rescue groups. My hope is we can keep making decks, with different artists and themes, plus booster packs, to fit everyone's needs over time. Both of my cats are rescue cats and I believe it's important to help control their population AND find them happy homes! A portion of the print sales will also go to the artists who contribute.
We have the printers ready, we have the designs done, and we have the rescue groups picked out for this crowdfunding round. Now all we need is you!
Thank you for helping make this dream come true!
Keep an eye on the website: kittenstuffdone.com as we’ll announce booster packs and tips on working with the cards! We'll also have a full list of all the artists and where you can find their work outside of the KSD project.
List of Cards in Base Deck
Here's the list of 50 base cards included in what is essentially a starter pack, which seems to fit most of our daily workloads.
- Instruction Card
- One special 8-hour "sleep" card (the only card that isn't 30m)
- Two blank cards you can write on in permanent marker for whatever extras you need
- One "Flex Time" which you can just leave face up all day to account for all those times when stuff happens outside your control (Bob just keeps popping into your office, doesn't he?)
- One Exercise card, because that's really the minimum, right?
- Two Meditation cards, which is wishful thinking but oh so nice
- Two Driving cards, as the average commute in the U.S. should be around 30 minutes (don't worry, we'll have booster packs, or you can use a blank or wild card)
- Two "Wild" cards, to account for even more random stuff, or use more flexibly than the blanks you write on
- One Napping card, which is always nice
- Two Project Work cards, to account for those work projects
- Three Cooking cards, because homemade meals are really best for you
- Two Shopping cards, which you hopefully won't use every day
- One Set Goals! card, to account for those life goals and work goals you need to think about
- One Focus Time which can be used for anything, really, as long as you commit to focusing on it exclusively for 30 minutes
- One Staring Into Space card, because sometimes we need to stare out a window and consider if we should have bought a boat
- Two Lunch cards
- Two Dinner cards
- One Breakfast card
- One Hobby Time card, because everyone should have a hobby!
- Two Email cards, because you shouldn't spend too much time in there
- One Medical Appointment card
- One Shower/Bath card
- One Planning card, which could include all sorts of planning, like parties if your name happens to be Angela (that's an Office joke)
- One Phone card, in case you still use those
- One Journaling card. If Marcus Aurelius could find the time, so can you!
- One Social Media card, because you should limit this!
- Two Reading cards, which could be books, or more email (egad!), or even internet articles
- Two Entertainment cards, which is how we relax
- One Snack Time card
- One generic Work card, in case you just needed to be reminded
- One Stretch/Yoga to get your day off to a good start or need a reminder to wind down
- Two Social IRL cards in case you're needing some face time with friends
- One Meetings card (yeah, that's wishful thinking, but the ideal meeting should only be 30 minutes!)
- One card for Chores
- One Morning Ritual card for brushing your teeth and, uh, other things
- One Evening Ritual card for... again, brushing your teeth and such
Of course, you're not going to use ALL of these every day -- but we think it's most of the stuff you're likely to do!
With over 20 years of media experience, this isn't my first rodeo. This project has been years in the making, and what you're seeing is the culmination of a lot of refinement and rework. Our supplier is reliable, and there's about a dozen spreadsheets to guide us. We're going to do our very best to ship everything in time for the holidays!
Of course, the artists are the real heroes here. From locals to well-known illustrators, you can find the full list of artists and their contributions on the Kitten Stuff Done website.
Plus, we've got a lot of future plans! Braille decks, decks with dragons and other fantasy creatures, lots more booster packs and perhaps even some surprises... Later this year we'll launch forums so people can share success stories and trade ideas and tips. This is the beginning of a long journey, we hope!
Here are some stretch goals if we EXCEED our funding goal:
At $10,000 = We'll make the cards using an air linen-finish, plus orders of 2 decks will get a free wallet. And everyone who orders at least ONE deck gets a sticker!
At $15,000 = Enamel Pins unlocked! Buy for just an extra $6 on your order, free stickers for everyone!
At $20,000 = Plastic Cards unlocked! A 52-card deck deluxe edition PLASTIC cards for $20 (over 20% off)
At $30,000 = Art of Kittens Book Unlocked (Available for $45) a picture book of all the artwork (Spring 2019)
At $45,000 = Artist-specific coffee mugs! ($20 each) & everyone gets a poster!
Risks and challenges
Cards could be subject to tariffs, there could be snafus with printing, and shipping is always a risk factor. I've had years of experience selling things online, plus providing services, and I've spent a considerable amount of time finding a reliable source for all rewards. I have a small team ready to fulfill orders in a timely manner, although if this goes really big we could have to delay some late orders.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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