There has been a little chatter about ‘personal’ kanban on the tubes lately. I don’t know about the need to hype it as personal, but if you’re looking to get your head wrapped around stuff needing to get done – then kanban is a healthy tool. clikan is a super simple command-line utility for tracking tasks following the Japanese Kanban (boarding) style. clikan’s core intent is to be easy to use, and to maintain simplicity.
pip install clikan
.clikan.yaml in your $HOME directory
--- clikan_data: /Users/kplummer/.clikan.dat limits: todo: 10 wip: 3 done: 10
clikan_datais the datastore file location.
limits:todois the max number of items allowed in the todo column, keep this small – you want a smart list, not an ice box of ideas here.
limits:wipis the max number of items allowed in in-progress at a given time. Context-switching is a farce, focus on one or two tasks at a time.
limits:doneis the max number of done items visible, they’ll still be stored. It’s good to see a list of done items, for pure psyche.
— or —
to create a default data file location.
This is where the tool will store the history of files. It’s configurable so you can put the data in a Dropbox or other cloud-watched directory for safe archiving/backing up.
If you’re like me, even
clikan is a bunch too many characters to type, so shorten with an alias in my shell config to
The basic usage of clikan breaks down into three basic commands:
clikan display (alias: d)
clikan new --task [task text] (alias: n)
clikan promote --id [task id] (alias: p)
And there are more supporting commands:
clikan regress --id [task id]
clikan remove --id [task id]
It’s Python code. Fork, fix, and submit a PR – it’d be super appreciated.
Tests? Um, yeah.
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