Positive Quote: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
This quote from so many, many years ago, reminds me of Kaizen; continuous improvement. It seems like so long ago that I was introduced to the concept. In essence, kaizen is about making minor, small changes that have a huge impact and that the small changes can stack on each other making an even bigger impact.
I am a firm believer in continual improvement, both at work and personally.
For a home perspective, it could be something like taking 15 minutes a day to tidy up and the impact is, before you know it the room or area is clean. Or, if you are trying to eat healthier, it could be going one day a week without eating meat, at my house we call this Meatless Monday. With either example, a small change can create a positive impact.
For a work perspective, it could be something like setting a small goal and each week go smaller and smaller in regards to email. I started out a few years ago with the goal that I would not leave until I had 50 emails in my inbox. Over time this has been reduced to 10, 10 is what I allow myself. This goal has the result of forcing me to take action of some kind when I open an email. It also forces me to prioritize and manage my time better as well as delegate more. Are some days rougher than others, yes; yet at the end of the day I feel good and that I know what I want to tackle the next day. Priorities shift and it can become easy to get bogged down. However, it is a habit for me now.
What do you think of this quote? How have you used the kaizen method in your life?
Have a marvelous Monday.