to yourself, wow, simple. That usually
means it’s right on the money. Now
wherever you are right now, look
around and apply those simple rules.
Can you see opportunity for improvement everywhere?
Nothing on the floor
Are there things on the floor? How can
we either get them on wheels, or make
a home for them up off the floor? This
is important for a few reasons:
1) Things on the floor that are hard
to move are also hard to clean under.
When nothing is on the floor sweeping
is easy, and when things are easy, they
2) The other not so obvious reason,
what is it doing on the floor in the first
place? Items on the floor may be there
only because we haven’t taken the time
to make a proper place for them, and
this forces us to not only do something
about it, but to do the right thing, get
it off the floor, create a home for it and
shadowbox it. Or, perhaps these items
represent a project started, but not finished. Getting them off the floor also
gets them off your To-Do list.
No guessing, no assuming
This one takes some discipline because
we generally think we are setting up
our work areas for ourselves. Yes and
no. Yes, because we are the ones who
will be working there, and no, because
creating an environment of no guessing and no assuming is for the person
who has to work in my area when I’m
not there. This is also extremely beneficial to new hires.
Some things you can do to test this
are: Grab a hand full of tools and take
three steps back. Would a stranger know
exactly where they are to be put away?
This can go for your supply cabinets,
materials storage, tool boxes, the desk
in your office and even the bathroom.
Shadow boxes are great, and the label
maker will soon be your best friend.
This is not just a rule to keep things
tidy. It applies to everything you do. If
you are sending drawings to the shop
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