just-in-time lifestyle
n. A modern lifestyle in which people expend only the minimum effort to complete a task and rush from one appointment to another.

Example Citations:
Leslie Charles, a corporate consultant and author of Why Is Everyone So Cranky? (Hyperion) speculates that more people are running late because of "just-in-time lifestyles."

"They make plans to get there just in time and something happens."
—Justin Thomas and John Head, "I'm late! I'm late!," The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario), July 26, 2001

The Green Party's recent PPB for the Euro elections played beautifully with these tensions. It used all the technologies of a just-in-time lifestyle (laptops, mobile phones, screaming cars) to deliver long-term messages — about how we should slow down, maintain our human measure, think about sustainability rather than quick thrills.
—Pat Kane, "Thinking past the mental barrier of the millennium," The Sunday Herald, June 6, 1999

Earliest Citation:
White collar workers are living a "just-in-time lifestyle," bred by the constant pressures of new technology and increased demands to do more with less time and fewer resources, a new international survey says.

These employees have stretched the just-in-time manufacturing approach — intended to cut the costs of sitting on expensive inventory — to cover their business and personal lives, says the study by Priority Learning and Consulting group, a global firm.
—Ijeoma Ross, "Just-in-time approach creeps into personal lives," The Globe and Mail, January 5, 1998

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