Now I want to evangelize lean software development, want to keep myself lean(which I am except for a slight fat around the tummy which I am after) and fit and also I want to apply the principles of lean at home as well.
At home, however, many of the things I was doing was not really lean. Clutter was my companion at home and also at work and I was uncomfortable if the desk was clean or I can't find all my books on the table. But there was a bit of logic to its madness, which was making things visible. I would have loved a google search thing on my cell phone that told me where I can find my stuff. I used to pride myself that it didn't really matter because I can find stuff wherever it is. In fact I was upset with my sister when she came home and cleaned up my clutter and I couldn't locate my cycle pump which was actually loaned to a friend of mine:)
So here is what I am planning to do to avoid clutter, which is a challenging task for me, but with the awareness of lean principles I may be able to motivate myself to do these things. Knowing the basic principles behind some action helps one make better decisions and spurs you to act.
- Process things quickly and dump unwanted things. I created a ToBeFollowedUp folder in for my email and kept things that need attention, but can't close. BTW, this was tried earlier as well, but I regressed into my old self, but I am determined this time.
- Ruthlessly dump mails(e- and snail) that I don't need immediately, don't keep unnecessary inventory. BTW, I lost an insurance policy and another document earlier when I tried doing this. I should have moved important stuff elsewhere.
- I installed a white board in our living room so that important things are visible. There is a todo list and our health statistics on the board. Wish I had some device that could read my brain and gave me this information without the manual information.
- Clean up used dishes, close wardrobes and chests after use(this should be automated). I use things and leave it as it is, only to revisit when I wanted later. Saving effort(or being lazy) to create clutter.
- One thing at a time: I keep switching between topics quickly, doesn't get to finish anything. White board helps here.