This is SO easy and you will notice the benefits right away. Think about other places around your home that can benefit from Error Proofing.
In the assembly line, we will use many different methods to prevent mistakes. There are a bunch of methods:
- Using a shape with an unbuildable interference to prevent an incorrect assembly
- Using colors to denote the correct part or configuration
- Using a marking to show the final location of a component
Its not that people are unable to do a job, its that we ALL make mistakes. If you do an action enough, you will eventually make a mistake.
Error proofing isnt about ability, its about quality and time saving.
Your Shower Temperature
Do you start your shower, wait for it to heat up, test it, adjust a little bit, wait, test, then hop in?
Most of the time. But has it taken 3 or sometimes 4 times to get it right? Do you jump in anyway and deal with the discomfort until things are right?
We are going to make a small mark near the Temperature Control Valve, I use a shower crayon, but tape will work fine.
- Start your shower, find the perfect temperature.
- Stand in the normal position that you choose the temperature.
- Mark the Temperature Control Valve position with Tape or Shower Crayon.
Note: Make sure when marking you are standing in your normal position. If you are looking at it from the inside of the shower, you will see it from a different angle.
It takes our shower:
30 seconds to heat up,
10 seconds to feel and adjust the Temperature Control Valve,
20 seconds for the water to catch up,
60 seconds x 365 days x 50 years = 1,095,000 seconds,
That’s 912 episodes of Scrubs you could be watching on Netflix(1,100 episodes if you watch at 1.2x speed)
Do this today, notice the effects tomorrow. It shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes, meaning you recoup your time in a day. You will benefit your whole life.
Think of other places you can error proof. We have a white laundry basket for white clothes and a blue laundry basket for colors. No pre laundry sorting. Error Proofing, applied to life.
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