I think I may have found the solution to my on-going problem with KB. Basically, some of the tasks on my board are small chunks of larger tasks which might sit around on my board for up to a month or more. No matter how much free time I have to complete them, they won't get done because no one really wants to work on their personal statement or cover letter every hour of the day for a month.
In the above scenario, not only does this foster procrastination, it prevents other tasks waiting to get done, to be delayed.
I have created what I called 'protected days' whereby I have one day a week where nothing but one (or two) tasks are scheduled to be completed. The difference here is that these 2 tasks are not in my 'currently processing' column on my KB board. Absolutely nothing else can be scheduled in on this day apart from what has already been predefined.
So, in my situation, I have some online training to complete for work. Of course, this is already on my 'to-do list' on my KB board, but can't move into the processing column because I first need to complete my personal statement and the other 2 tasks which will also probably take up to a month. Creating this one day out of the week to address other tasks in this controlled fashion allows me to switch things up and create a sense of progression.
What do you think?