How LEAN Time Management has Changed My Life

More information on Time Management below (including why Lean Time Management works and how to improve your time management):

Check out my skillshare course: How to Get Great at Just About Anything (Including Time Management/Personal Statements): (you can sign up for the free trial and discontinue after for free!)

LinkedIn (publications, professional stuff I'm up to!):
Twitter (my random thoughts and love of econ/medicine memes):
IG (literally me being extra af): h
Snapchat (literally me being extra af): @prerakcity
My Board Game:
My Podcast:
Join me on clubhouse (@prerakcity) and Instagram DM me (or twitter) if you'd like an invite!

According to:, “Time management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. I always thought that you needed to be super talented, organized, and “on top of everything” to be good at time management. I am not any of those things, and the “lean” time management system has allowed me to really get a lot of things done.

The aspect of lean time management is based on the lean production system, which was made famous through Toyota. Lean production is a production methodology focused on eliminating waste, where waste is defined as anything that does not add value for the customer. Although Lean's heritage is manufacturing, it is applicable to all types of organisation and all an organisation's processes – including time management. In this case, lean time management is focused on minimizing TURNOVER of rescheduling and lost time when things come up that you did not account for.

There is a lovely article linked below on how to apply How To Apply Lean Principles To Time Management. It starts by first highlighting: Six themes that prevent you from getting ahead of your work and then showing you why a lean time management system helps to fix that. These six themes are:

1.Interruptions, which increase the time it takes to re-start and get back to your previous level of productivity. Some studies suggest that interruptions can cost up to six hours of productivity per day.
2. Taking and trying to execute more priorities than they need to – not identifying the “must-do, can’t fail” priorities, putting them ahead of all other work and completing them. The longer it takes to complete a priority, the more time you spend reporting on it, and updating it as the environment around us changes.
3. Everyone has a time of day when they are at their peak ability and productivity. Filling those periods of the day with lower-value administrative tasks, instead of completing their most-valuable work, leaves them pushing their value work into low-productivity zones of the day.
4. Making unclear requests, so the person doing the work comes back frequently for instructions and clarifications; or accepting assignments without getting more clarity first.
5. Meetings that are unfocused, that invite too many people, and whose purpose could have been achieved in a different, lighter, way.
6. Providing feedback on proposals, memos, etc. by email instead of face-to-face. This can lead to endless cycles of review instead of a “one-and-done” approach. We have seen review processes reduced by 80-90% by adopting this “one-and-done” approach.
Note that, in all of the aforementioned ways, if you find ways to be LEAN, you’d save time simply because you have fewer interruptions!

Here are some of my more popular videos:
Anki: All You Will Ever Need PLAYLIST:

How to Make Anki Cards from Med School Lectures (Part 1):

5 HUGE Limitations of ANKI (...And How to Get Around Them!):

How to EFFECTIVELY CRAM Using Anki (College Classes + Med School):

5 SIMPLE Ways to UP Your Anki Game! (EVERYTHING You Need; Strategies for ALL Subjects):

00:00-01:15 - Introduction

01:15-02:35 - What IS LEAN Time Management?

02:35-04:34 - Basics of LEAN Time Management

04:34-09:20- Getting STARTED With Lean Time Management

09:20-11:16 - Why Lean Time Management Works!
Be the first to comment