For those who don’t know, Deming was an engineer, professor, statistician, author, lecturer, and management consultant. He is credited with leading the Japanese in their post-war recovery with his management principles. The adoption of Deming’s work in the 1950s and ’60s propelled Japan to the second largest economy of the time.
His principles strive to increase quality while simultaneously reducing costs and increasing customer loyalty. In the 1980s Motorola expanded on the Japanese Kaizen method. Further development lead to what we today know as Lean Six Sigma. Lean principles focus on the elimination of eight types of waste. Six Sigma pertains to variation reduction. Combined we talk about continuous improvement.
I am a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and I am versed in Lean tools and the application of Lean principals. Yes, I am a geek. But I am also interested in productivity studies and how I can apply Lean Six Sigma principles to my writing. Enter the Rule of 52 and 17. You can read more about it here. Basically, the Rules states that the top 10% of productive workers use a 52-minute work sprint, followed by a 17-minute break.
The key concept is that during the 52-minute work sprint you are 100% dedicated to the task. While during the 17-minute break, you do anything except the task you are trying to complete. So, I have been trying to adopt the Rule of 52 and 17 into my writing sessions. It takes planning, I must know what I am writing, and I need a notification to remind me it is break time. I am seeing positive results.
How long do you write before taking a break?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer