The Simple Steps Behind World Class Efficiency for Individuals

Jamie Bonini is vice president of TSSC, a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Plano, Texas that provides knowledge with other manufacturers, non-profits and community organizations to enable them to develop better ways of helping them be more productive, maximize available resources, or improve quality and safety.

Here are some steps he suggests you follow as you try to manage your daily workload and become more efficient.

1) Assess what needs to be improved. Ask yourself: What really needs improvement? What’s causing confusion? What’s wasting time and effort?

2) Sort, stabilize, sweep/shine, standardize and sustain. At Toyota, we call this “5S.” It’s a methodology for organization that can be applied to an area such as a work space to maximize effectiveness.

3) Consider bulletin boards for yourself or your family where you can map out tasks in a clear, visual way (see how New Tech City applied it to podcast production).

4) Analyze your habits and routines. Use and improve them to make them smoother and apply “built-in-quality” and “continuous flow.” That means taking an inventory of what tools you need to do a task like laundry, dishes, or washing your car and then listing out a sequence of events to follow.

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