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Friday, August 26, 2011

Lean Quote: You Can't Recycle Wasted Time

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"One thing you can't recycle is wasted time." — From Taiichi Ohno

If you search the internet you will undoubtedly find many tips on time management. So many of us do not know how to properly manage our time. If you ask a group of people to define “time management”, they will probably talk about getting it all done, crossing items off of a list, and being productive. However, the best time management tips do not involve cramming more and more into your day. The most valuable time management tips available will actually involve learning to focus your time on those activities that are meaningful to you.

To help you to increase your productivity each and every day, both on and off the job, here are three easy tips to help you to stop wasting time.

Plan Your Day
Set aside time at the end of each day for daily planning. A time for you to take control of your most important asset, the next twenty-four hours. Create a "to do" list with all the things you "have to" do and, more importantly, all the things you "want to" do. A “to do” list organizes your thinking and planning onto one form in the least amount of time with the maximum amount of efficiency.

Evaluate Time Wasters
Time wasters come from the people around you as well as from within yourself. Some time wasters are unavoidable, but can be reduced. Identify the most frequent sources of time wasters in your day. Whatever you discover to be a time waster you must take steps to deal with.

Find ways to do things faster.
Look for ways you can get more done within your day. Plan your trips and errands so you don’t backtrack and can combine as many tasks as possible into one trip. Use time management tools like a simple calendar, a day planner, a dry erase board, or even adding reminders on your computer or cell phone.

I hope that these tips will help you find ways to more productive and stop wasting your time.

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  1. I think a part of this lens is figuring out what you can delegate, outsource, or share. Just like when you perform the beginning of 5S, you get rid of things. Some things you through away, and some things you just find a new home for. Do the same thing with you time.

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