In inventory management, there are two main strategies: “just-in-case” and “just-in-time”.
Just-in-case is a management strategy where a large inventory is maintained, to reduce the risk of backorders. Almost every combination is available, even though it’s not certain that someone will buy it.
On the other hand, just-in-time is a strategy where everything is collected when the client makes an order. It takes more time to deliver the product, but the selling efficiency is massively improved since it’s certain that it will be sold.
How can we apply this logic to human minds?
So much to choose from
There are so many options, right in front of you. You can go to the nearest library, grab a book. You can buy an e-book online instantly, or read several articles here on News Break. Listen to some podcast, watch a video? Everything is right here, at your fingertips.
But do you really need it? Is the knowledge going to be helpful for you, right now?
There’s nothing wrong with reading. It broadens your perspective of the world, destroying the boundaries in front of you. But hey, reading’s efficiency can be improved. A lot.
I remember when I discovered Medium at first. So many great articles, so much great advice. So much of it, that I got lost inside.
I read just to read. I was impressed by how content can be so wise, so intelligent, so creative. I read everything, just in case.
But I used just a fraction of that knowledge to improve my life. I didn’t have time for it — I had to read more!
You don’t need to read a whole book to improve your life. You don’t need to read a whole article, even a whole paragraph. Sometimes, even one sentence is enough if you understand it clearly, and apply it to life’s challenge that’s currently going on.
Which strategy do you use?
If you read everything just to read, you’re using a just-in-case strategy. You don’t even know if you’ll ever going to need it — you just read because it sounds interesting. It’s definitely better than no reading at all, but it probably won’t solve your problems.
You read a lot, living in an illusion that you can handle the reality just because you recognized similar patterns in a book. But as soon as you move on to another book, the knowledge will vanish, because you never took any time to implement it in your life. It was just a phase of thoughts, living in your mind for a short period of time.
So much knowledge, that you don’t know what’s useful and what’s not. And knowledge without the correct application is — nothing.
On the other hand, you can use the just-in-time strategy. Look at your life as a client — what does he want to order? In other words, what life’s challenges have to be solved?
What bugs you the most, right now, in your life? Take your time, analyze it, and choose one thing about yourself. Choose one thing where you want to succeed, but you can’t find a way to do it. Or can’t even try.
Do you have it? Great, your topic is here. Your challenge is defined. Now, search for the solutions. There is a huge probability that some great minds had the same issue, solved it, and wrote a book about it. Find that book!
Find the right articles, videos, podcasts! Surround yourself with the solutions of your problem. Remember, one article can be enough if you study it patiently, and invest a lot of your time and energy to implement it in your life.
Identify your problems, and decide to solve them one by one — just in time!
Reading everything in front of you makes you think that you have everything in control. But in the end, you will just forget about it.
The goal of life is to constantly grow. To do so, your subconscious mind has to absorb knowledge. That way, it will be available in the future, without even asking for it.
Focus on the things that really need attention at this moment. Learn to think just-in-time. Remove the just-in-case speculations out of your mind — their efficiency is quite low.