I thought I would share one example of Lean from our home. My wife and I are very busy with our 3 kids between the ages of 4 and 8. There are school activities, sports, church activities, scouting, youth hockey association (board members), and parent-teacher association (wife is treasurer). This is probably like most households with young kids. It is extremely important that we are organized and have a plan. We use a central calendar on the fridge to keep track of all our activities.
The calendar is simple but the color coded writing tells a message:
- Black - family meals, we plan out the plan out the entire week on Sunday
- Red - Kid activities or meetings that we need to go to
- Blue - Tasks, things we must due by these dates
This helps keep us organized, forces us to plan ahead, communicate our plan, and keep our sanity.
Do you practice Lean at home? Share your experiences in the comments section.
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