“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” – Robert Heinlein, American science fiction writer (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988)
With kaizen, or continuous improvement, it often seems like a fine line between “lazy” and “efficient.” The word “lazy,” has negative connotations, while “efficient” is positive. But one of the primary directions in the kaizen approach is to make improvements that make your own work easier. In healthcare, making your work easier might translate into rearranging supplies to reduce the amount of walking required. This frees up time for patient care, which can lead to better quality outcomes and shorter hospital stays – meaning a cost savings. So is “laziness” really that bad if applied in a good way?
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