In business, there is a proven technique for attaining long-term improvements. Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continual improvement. We can apply the method to every aspect of life. It relies on minor modifications that snowball and, over time, culminated in growth, advancement, and progress. There are six steps: Standardize, Measure, Compare, Innovate, Standardize, Repeat.
Standardize: What are you doing today? You have a process, even if you don’t realize it. Study what you are doing and commit it to paper.
Measure: Objective examination of your current workflow helps you determine where you are efficient or inefficient.
Compare: Inspect your results and plot them against your goals to see if your present operation is moving you in the direction you wish to go.
Innovate: Search for a better way to execute your plan. Your innovation may be big or small. Studies show that modest incremental changes get superior payback because they are easier for you to achieve and faster for your team to integrate.
Standardize: Implement your innovative ideas and make them part of your daily practice.
Repeat: Once your modernized workflow is a habit, you start the procedure again. Until your baby steps lead you to your target.
How are you progressing toward your goal?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer