So, here’s my idea!
My ultimate goal is to get a job that allows me the flexibility of the washing machine principle/approach. Or, is it the washing machine/dryer approach?
Isn’t the goal to be more effective and efficient over time? Use less time on the minutia and more time on the big ideas and such?
Every Friday I wake up and part of my ritual is to go straight to the washing machine and put in a load of whites and then colors.
Here’s how it goes:
Pour in detergent
Turn the buzzer
Close the top of the washing machine
Leave the room and do other stuff – work, vacuum, clean, read a book, exercise on the treadmill
30 minutes later…
Pull clothing out
Put them in dryer for 40 minutes
Put colors in the washing machine
Leave the room and do other stuff – errands, work, exercise, book
40 minutes (or much more) later
Take clothes out of dryer
Load 2nd load from washer to dryer
Put away clothes
Fold 2nd load
Think about it – the total work involved is all of 10 minutes on my part and the machines did over four hours of work for me.
I need to figure out how to apply this concept in my profession or in an entrepreneurial venture – leverage tools, people and technology to get a lot from a few minor decisions and a few hours a week.
It’s the birth of the washing machine approach!