Just in Time Play Leads to Success
We’re testing a concept and thought we’d share it with you. If you’re a regular here, you know we think that work-life balance doesn’t work.
Our thinking has evolved over time. We believe life is a system. BIGG success is life on your own terms.
Work and play are two of the five elements of BIGG success. The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy. Synergy begins with syncing work and play.
You may be familiar with just-in-time inventory management developed as part of the Toyota Production System.
The goal is to increase the return on investment by bringing inventory into the production process at the precise moment it’s needed.
So we’ve been testing what we call just-in-time (JIT) play. The goal is to increase our sense of fulfillment (i.e. our returns) by making time for play right when we need it.
Avoiding the crash
This is a response to what we’ve typically done. We love our work. But sometimes we push too hard.
We work and work and work. Followed by a crash.
We didn’t choose downtime. It chose us.
And it wasn’t very productive.
Your inventory of time
We all have a fixed amount of time. Unfortunately, we never know when we will be “out of stock.”
In the meantime, we all want to make the most of our time. In order to do that, play is essential.
Play is as much a part of BIGG success as work. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, play makes you more productive at work.
With JIT inventory management, signals are sent to tell workers when to order parts. With JIT play, we look and listen for signals that it’s time to bring in some units of play.
For example, when we get stuck writing, we’ll take five minutes to rejuvenate. When we start having trouble getting started in the morning, we know a day off is the ticket.
By getting essential play on our schedule when we need it most, JIT play is helping us maximize our productivity and get away more often.
Our business permits a great deal of flexibility on when we work. If your schedule allows you to adapt, give JIT play a try. Now that’s win-win.
And it may be your ticket to BIGG success!
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