Just in Time Planning

dreamstime_xs_38121377As you probably know, there is such a thing as “just in time inventory.”  Rather than having lots of inventory on hand for production, which costs money for storage and ties up cash, supplies are delivered “just in time” for production.

I have noticed that some people do “just in time” planning and organizing.  The job gets done—just in time.

A disadvantage to just in time inventory is that if the supplies don’t show up on time, it can seriously delay or even stop production.  A similar disadvantage can occur in just in time planning.  If anything takes longer than planned, the project won’t be completed in time.

I prefer planning far enough in advance that if something does happen (which it usually does) it will still be possible to complete the project on time.  I like having a buffer to take care of any unforeseen issues.

Which type are you?  Which type is your supervisor?  I have a friend who is organized, but his supervisor does not think he is.  I think the issue is that his supervisor is like me and plans far in advance.  When he sees my friend finishing a project just in time, he thinks it is because my friend is not organized, which isn’t the case.  The project was finished as my friend planned—just in time.

If you are having issues with your supervisor, your employees, or even people in your personal life related to planning and organization, maybe it’s an issue of different strategies.  It could be worth discussing.

Don’t Save It, Use It

dreamstime_xs_67912497About a year ago my mother had to move from her apartment to a nursing home related to her health.  There was a limited number of things, including clothing, that she could take with her.  Although my brothers and I were able to take a few things, the vast majority went to Goodwill or had to be discarded.

She had many nice clothes that she never wore.  When I asked her why, she said she was saving them for something special or that she wanted to keep them nice.  They no longer fit her, so they went to Goodwill.  There were other items that people had gotten for her, such as purses, blankets, throws, jewelry, and decorative items that were still in the box.  Again, she said that she liked them and wanted to keep them nice.  Most of those went to Goodwill as well.

I found this incredibly sad.  She had so many nice things that she could have enjoyed and yet she never did because she was “saving” them.  Saving them to take to Goodwill?  I don’t think so.

This was a wake-up call for me, because I do much the same thing.  I have since decided to enjoy what I have and use it now.  Why save it so that years down the road someone will give it away or discard it?  I have decided it is better to use the things we like than to save them.  So what if I’m overdressed for an occasion if I like the clothes and jewelry?  So what if the cats shed on the wool blanket from Ireland?  At least the items are being used and enjoyed, not stuffed in the back of the closet.

What about you?  Is this something you do?