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When re-engineering was a bright idea, the rule of 80/20 spread across the land. It states that twenty percent of the work force does eighty percent of the production. 80/20 is less heartless and equally valid applied to things, and I’ve tuned my inventory 80/20 to very good effect.
Eighty and twenty seem to be valid proportions applied to other criteria as well. One of the big search engines encourages its staff to invest twenty percent of its time in adventuresome self-generated projects. I tried this after I discovered the practice, and it brings Friday to life.
At home, I find that filling only eighty percent of the storage space makes cupboards and drawers fast and flexible to use. It’s soothing to know that if a semi-annual shipment arrives from the Great Big Discount Warehouse, we won’t end up sleeping on piles of produce in the hall like crew members on the first day of a submarine deployment.
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