In life, there can only be one goal and all things will follow – personal improvement. When it comes to personal improvement, you seem to get lost because you do not know where to begin. Stop wasting your time now and get to know the concept of kaizen before it gets too late to even try. Kaizen is a Japanese term that means “continuous improvement”.
Kaizen come from two Japanese characters – kai which describes change and zen which describes good. Most of the time, you will hear this concept used to enhance the results or any firm or company. Singaporeans should know that kaizen is more than a management strategy but it can also be applied personally.
In a corporate setting, kaizen’s ultimate goal is to develop best practices to accentuate the well-being of the employee that will eventually translate to productivity. In other words, kaizen is an approach to enhance the employee’s personal workflow. As mentioned earlier, it can also be applied personally. So how can you practice and eventually master it? Here are some points:
- Make a list: You have to know where to start but before that, it is imperative that you know what you want to change. Making a list can help you with this. Try to sit down in silence and think of the areas you want to improve on.
- Know what to tackle: The idea of kaizen is to start with small things before conquering bigger ones. You have to start small and then if you see tangible benefits, you have to tackle the bigger one.
- Make a time map: You have to make sure that you spend your precious time in doing something important to your personal improvement. Do not waste time in things that are not important. You can do this by making a time map. Now that you have a list, the next best thing that you should do is to make a time map to control how you spend it and eventually infuse things that you want to improve on. More importantly, make sure that your time map will be able to align your activities.
- Eliminate waste: Kaizen also encourages eliminating the waste. Waste means lost movement. It is important that you clear your personal space with clutter and make sure that everything is within arm’s reach.
You have to remember that kaizen is not an immediate solution to your personal improvement problem. It is slow but on-going process. You have to take small steps consistently and perhaps improve it as time goes on. The key here is to be firm and consistent about it.