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Kaizen for Self improvement

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14 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. The Importance of Self Improvement

    • 2. History of Kaizen

    • 3. The Basics: What Is Kaizen Philosophy

    • 4. Why You Should Start Using The Kaizen

    • 5. Haisei — the first step to practice Kaizen

    • 6. 10 Kaizen Principles

    • 7. Tools for Kaizen

    • 8. Tools for Kaizen: 5 Whys

    • 9. Tools for Kaizen: PICK chart

    • 10. Tools for Kaizen: PDCA Cycle

    • 11. Tools for Kaizen: 5S Program

    • 12. Use of Kaizen In Your Daily Life

    • 13. Example of Kaizen Application

    • 14. How to Commit to Continuous Improvement

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Kaizen” is translated as “good” (kai) “change” (zen), so it implies to “change for the better”.

This principal is most commonly used in the manufacturing and management sector to define a process for eliminating waste and increasing efficiency. Nevertheless, it can be applied to your daily life.

This Japanese concept is the principal that you are looking, for personal development and effective change; to strive for continuous improvement on a more personal level.

This training will:

  • Explain the background on Kaizen (History, Philosophy, Principles, Tools).
  • Give ideas on how to implement Kaizen in your daily life.
  • Explain how to define your goal and objective, prioritize your actions, make most of your time and eliminate waste and excess.
  • Teach the continuous improvement approach focuses on making small improvements over time in achieving your goal.

At the end of this training, you’ll discover the strength and gratification by seeing the world in a real Kaizen-way.

Now, are you ready to kaizen your life?

Meet Your Teacher

More than 10 years of experience in general management and manufacturing industry, Emirul Academy provides consultancy, training and technical support services in the field of Quality Management and Improvement in order to enhance product and service quality, competitive edge as well as reducing the cost attributed to poor quality.

Our courses are structured to provide high quality training courses for corporate and personal development to help organizations’ create an environment of continual learning and close skills gap.

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1. The Importance of Self Improvement: Ever since we were young, we were told to excel in academics, focus on getting good grades and ASR exams. In schools and colleges, the learning has always been more directed towards academic courses. But what about aspects like self-improvement and personal development that play an equally important role in people's lives. The importance of self-improvement often goes unnoticed. We are either conveniently brushing our shortcomings under the carpet, refusing to face them or just happy being ignorant. Truth as you cannot run away from yourself the farther you run, the deeper grave you dig. Because there will come a time when all of those unresolved emotions will surface, leaving you overwhelmed. So what should you do? Start with consciously becoming more self-aware, observing your thoughts, emotions, and responses, and deciding to make self-improvement and integral part of your life just the way learning should never stop. The same applies for self-improvement. The idea should be to focus on continuous self-development at every stage in our life and become better versions of ourselves. 2. History of Kaizen: History of Kaizen. The Japanese concept now known as kaizen, actually originated in America. One of the most recognized proponents of this continuous improvement was W Edwards Deming, an American engineer, professor and statistician. He has been credited with introducing the Japanese to the system after World War II as Japan had suffered massive economic damage during the War, Deming's methods have helped Japan to thrive and become the third largest economy in the world. Taiichi Ohno and industrial engineer at Toyota implemented these Kaizen techniques at the automotive company and was able to build and expand on the philosophy to create the Toyota Production System. Further, Mr. Masaccio, am I a Japanese organizational theorist and management consultant who did some work with Mr. Ohno introduced the concept of Kaizen to the Western world in 1986 through his book Kaizen, the key to Japan's competitive success. So what does Kaizen have to do with us? How can it help us enhance our personal lives? 3. The Basics: What Is Kaizen Philosophy: The basics, what is Kaizen philosophy? The Kaizen philosophy merges to Japanese terms chi, good and Zen change. The term simplified translation as equivalent to the phrase change for the better. Kaizen encourages people to take baby steps towards larger goals, aiming for 1% improvement each day. Just as drops of water can erode stone by persistence, small actions will add up to become big changes in life. Think of it as the story of the hare and tortoise. The hair might have been fast, but it was the tortoise is slow and steady progress that resulted in victory. Likewise, applying the philosophy of improving 1% of day can turn things around for people stuck in a rut. Kaizen teaches you to navigate through life with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Using this approach gives you a better chance of reaching the desired outcomes. Otherwise, you cling to traditional techniques and the hope that things will change when you find a secret solution. When in reality, everything in the natural world progresses slowly to create a significant change. Finally, Kaizen isn't a one and done approach to life. It's a process of continual improvement. You'll never arrive with Kaizen. So the temptation to rest on your laurels once you've seen a bit of improvement is reduced. The Kaizen mindset reminds you that all improvements must be maintained if you wish to secure your gains. 4. Why You Should Start Using The Kaizen : Why you should start using the Kaizen. These days, Kaizen is being used as an umbrella term used to describe a whole set of ideas, buzzwords, and concepts that are designed to optimize a company's culture and efficiency. And for good reason, it's an effective approach to all levels of life. Kaizen is about the steady improvement of each of them. It teaches you patience, humility, discipline, and the wonders of true workplace collaboration. One of Kaizen foundations is the practice of hand, say, meaning self-reflection, which is a concept that's rooted in the center of Japanese culture, can say is all about the refining the art of self critique. It prioritizes acknowledging your own personal shortcomings, emotional or otherwise, and figuring out how to overcome them during the next phase. Therefore, Kaizen is focused on the improvement of the individual just as much as that of the collective, since they are both one and the same. The Kaizen approach is a reminder that all improvements must be maintained if we wish to secure consistent gains. Think of the smallest step you can take every day that would move you incrementally towards your goal. After learning this example, hopefully, you find the comfort and contentment by viewing the world in a true Kaizen. Kaizen teaches you to discipline yourself by living in the present. It encourages people to visualize attainable goals and set smaller milestones to maintain motivation. With time, your desired destination will come closer until you reach the finish line. 5. Haisei — the first step to practice Kaizen: Can't say the first step to practice kaizen. Hand say meaning is made up of two words, Han, meaning to change turnover or turn upside down. Then the second part, say, which means to look back, review, and examine oneself. The wisdom is about acknowledging mistakes and modesty, pledging improvement, looking back and contemplate how a process can be improved, can say is one of the first key steps to Kaizen as the concept focuses on improvement over punishment. Kaizen fails when you won fails to practice hand say, an important part of Japanese culture, a continuous form of subtle meditation undertaken to look at past mistakes, outline the lessons and pledged to act on those lessons. To achieve kaizen, you need to adopt the practice of self-criticism. In Japanese, that practice is known as pan. Say, this means that you need to hold yourself accountable and find room for improvement even if everything is going according to plan. Adopting this type of mindset will give you the ability to break the status quo and push yourself to the limits. While positive thinking will show you everything as a success, it is the negative emotion of it could have been better. That will give you the motivation to continuously improve and eventually conquer new peaks. Understanding why we fail in accepting we have done something wrong is important. We can then draw on this knowledge and learn valuable lessons and discover methods and ways to prevent it's happening again. How to get the most out of the hand say process. You have to follow no standard procedure, but you do have to include the following elements. Problem recognition, responsibility, emotional attachment to failure, and finally, commit to Improvement Plan. Problem recognition. It all starts with the identification of problems or mistakes that you can then reflect upon. However, it is more the identification of personal failures rather than process or systemic issues. For many people, identifying weaknesses within themselves is very difficult. It's a case of conditioning the mind and being honest with yourself. The first step is realizing there is a problem. Responsibility. The next critical step is to take responsibility for your personal failures and accept accountability for unwanted outcomes. Taking responsibility for your actions allows you to be more perceptive and accept your weaknesses. Justification of your actions means you are in a denial mode and our closed down to self-improvement, emotional attachment to failure. There must be a sense of wrong associated with the self-reflection. Trying to justify failures by blaming other people and situations as not being emotionally attached to the failure. It means we are still in, I'm a victim mode. Arrogant attitudes about a failure don't inspire the deep thinking which we need. Once we reach this stage, we take the list of weaknesses and attribute our behaviors to these through deep introspection. We associate the belief systems that are the foundation for such behaviors. We then start working upon ourselves to change these belief systems. Lastly, commit to improvement plan. The first two elements are worthless if you're not prepared to commit towards self-improvement with a concrete plan of action in place, you can prevent the same things from happening again. Kaizen is more of an internal process that happens within your own mind. The goal is to realize your potential, break the status quo, and this way achieve improvement. 6. 10 Kaizen Principles: Traditional Kaizen methodology consists of 10 segments are principles. There are many variations of these guidelines. Principle number one, there is always room for improvement. So continue to learn new skills and relearn old ones for healthy growth. Principle number 2, replace old habits for new ones whenever traditions fail to meet your current goals. Principle number three, seek assistance from many mentors instead of consulting one expert. Principle number 4, stop spending too much time making excuses when you fail. Changes only possible if you actively find solutions for your problems. Principle number 5, trust factual evidence over subjective opinions whenever you make a big decision. Principle number six, ask why five times to uncover the root of every day disruptions and problems. Principle number 7, sometimes budget friendly solutions are better than costly purchases. Principle number eight, pave a distinctive path towards success by questioning the status quo. Principle Number 9, take things one day at a time instead of setting it aside for another day. Principle Number 10, collaborate and communicate with others to benefit from shared success. Now, are you ready to Kaizen your life? 7. Tools for Kaizen: Tools for Kaizen. Because Kaizen as moral philosophy than a specific tool, It's approaches found in many different process improvement tools or methods. When Kaizen is being implemented in practice, it's usually combined with tools that follow the agenda of getting to the root cause of the problem. Measuring the impact of change implemented in a data driven way and then standardizing the new way of doing things. Among them are Five Whys analysis, PIC K chart, PDCA cycle, five-eighths program. The first technique is called the Five Whys analysis, which aims to identify the root cause of the problem. If you really want to improve, you must find the real cause of the problem. The basic idea is quite simple. You repeat the question, why? Usually at least five times until you find the root cause. The second technique is the use of PIC K chart and acronym for possible implement, challenge and kill. Pic K chart as a tool which helps to organize, prioritize, and pick the right solutions for a problem considering its impact or positive results and resources required. The peak chart as a two-by-two matrix that organizes process improvement ideas for easy review. The vertical scale on the matrix measures difficulty and the horizontal scale measures how beneficial the idea would be if implemented. The third technique is called the PDCA cycle. The PDCA cycle as a system for constant improvement, where p stands for Plan, D For do, see for check, and a for acknowledged and act. The PDCA cycle as a never ending process of improvement that should be followed in Kaizen. Plan is about finding problems and preparing a plan. Do is about implementing and testing different solutions. Check is about analysis, reflection, and introspection. Act is about final implementation and standardization. The fourth technique is called the used in Kaizen is called the five S program. The five S's stand for Siri, tidiness, psi time, orderliness, CSO, cleanliness, sake, kudzu, standardization, and shit scape, discipline, keep the effort going. In English, the words could also be sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. Its the most visible part of Kaizen wherein the end everything should shine, be in place and get done in a standardized manner. Standard tools and approaches in Kaizen can vary. The specific tools applied in any given event will depend on a variety of factors. Selecting the right tools for a given situation as challenging and using the tools effectively can be even harder. It is important that the right tools be applied in creative ways to ensure that the time and effort is used most effectively and that the tools produce useful results. 8. Tools for Kaizen: 5 Whys: Five Whys. You know what the problem is, but you cannot solve it. The five whys technique will allow you to dissect the problem and reveal its underlying causes quickly. The five whys technique is one of the most effective tools for root cause analysis. Using the five whys will help you find the root cause of any problem and protect the process from recurring mistakes and failures. The Five Whys method as part of the Toyota Production System developed by Tsukiji Toyoda, a Japanese inventor and industrialist. The technique became an integral part of the Kaizen philosophy. When applying the five whys technique, you want to get to the problems essence and then fix it. Actually, the Five Whys may show you that the source of the problem as quite unexpected. Let us now learn how to get started with five whys. First, define the problem, identify the problem and make a clear problem statement. It will help you define the scope of the issue you are going to investigate. This is important because investigating a wide scope problem may be a time consuming exercise with blurred boundaries. Try to be as focused as possible to find an effective solution in the end. Then ask why dig at least five levels deep into the issue with five levels of y's. This seems like the simplest part, but can in fact get a bit tricky. Getting the right question to start with the first y seems to be the key. Ask why as many times as needed until you can identify the root cause of the initial problem. Fix the root cause of the problem. Once you know what the root cause of the problem, you can implement solutions to those root causes. Pick you're the best solutions and decide how to proceed. See how it works. After you've implemented your solutions to the root causes, see how it works. Sometimes it's perfect and you've solved a major problem. Other times, you may need to tweak your y's and their causes. In those instances, just rework the y's, find the root causes and identify more solutions. The solutions should be targeted and measured and should directly impact the root causes of the y's. Let us now see the example of five whys application. The problem, social media addiction, the problem statement. I'm spending too much time on my phone and social media and it's affecting my emotions and commitments to myself and others. First question, why am I spending too much time on my phone? I think I am using it to avoid anxiety like I used to do with substances, but the result is increased anxiety. Next question. Why am I feeling so much anxiety? I'm feeling nearly constant anxiety over the past few weeks because I have multiple high pressure challenges or decisions weighing on my mind. Next question. Why are these challenges triggering anxiety? Because I feel like I am not in a clear head-space to prepare and overcome each challenge in a mindful and joyous way. Next question, why am I not in the right headspace? Because of often been missing my full morning routine. I get to clear my head, learn from failures and prepare for a full day that aligns with my values and builds more meaningful relationships. Next question. Why am I missing my full morning routines so frequently? Because my sleep schedule has been inconsistent recently and I've also been allowing myself to check my phone first thing in the morning. Lessons learned in action, reset my sleep schedule to get my body clock in order, which will have a huge impact on my health and energy levels. Keep track of my caffeine intake and when I stopped drinking coffee for the day, test out replacing my second coffee drink with a green or much of t instead. Ensure my phone and watch are set to Do Not Disturb until eight AM, then physically move the phone or charging stand further away from my bed. So it's not my first immediate action when I wake up. The beauty of the 5-Why process isn't that it's perfect. It's that it gives you a method to rationally find solutions to baffling problems. It's a way to find calm in a storm of issues. 9. Tools for Kaizen: PICK chart: Pic K chart. What is a pic chart? The chart as a Lean Six Sigma tool that was first developed by Lockheed Martin for lean production. Its original purpose was for organizing ideas for process improvement and categorizing them for easy review and analysis. What is a pic chart? The chart as a Lean Six Sigma tool that was first developed by Lockheed Martin for lean production. Its original purpose was for organizing ideas for process improvement and categorizing them for easy review and analysis. A PIC K chart is set up as a large grid, two squares high in two squares across. The PIC K acronym comes from the labels for each quadrant of the grid. Possible ideas that are easy to implement but have a low payoff. Implement ideas that are easy to implement and a high payoff challenge. Ideas that are hard to implement and difficult to determine, pay off, kill, ideas that are hard to implement and have low payoff. Why should someone use it? The PIC K chart makes it really easy to see which ideas you should run with and which ideas you might want to run away from. Or at least think about in more detail by plotting ideas against how impactful they are versus how difficult they may be. The PIC K chart makes it clear which ideas should be considered possible, which we should just do now, implement, which we expect to be difficult but potentially worth it challenge and which are not worth the effort required. Kill. Having this information at our fingertips makes it easier for a group to agree on actions to take place as a consequence. To use the PIC K chart, start with generating ideas using Affinity brainstorming or another means. Each idea should be written one per post it and in clear handwriting. Keep it simple. Don't feel you need to rush the stage. Take as much time as you need. The next step is to draw the chart. Depending on your setup, you might have the chart printed or drawn on large sheets of paper which you can stick on the wall. If you have white boards available, simply draw the chart on the wall. On the vertical line, right? Value impact low to high and on the horizontal line, right? Difficulty, very easy to difficult. The next step is to place these idea post-it notes onto the grid based on the axis value, impact, and difficulty. Consider each of their ideas with respect to its potential value and the effort it will require. Once the each idea from the brainstorming session has been placed on the most appropriate square. It becomes easier to identify which ideas should be acted on first. Once you've sorted out your options, You now have a better idea of what should be done next. Implement ideas are generally the ones that should be acted upon, but the challenge ideas may still be viable if there's an easier way to do them. Possibles should probably only be done if their spare time. Kill ideas are normally dismissed outright. But there are some who say that kill ideas should be reviewed and revised into something more accomplishable. Finally, implementing the ideas. Start with the ideas in the implement quadrant. Here is an example of PIC K chart on how to reduce your weight. The beauty of the PIC K chart is that it can be used anywhere in life, work, or business. So the next time you're evaluating ideas, try out the picture and see if it works for you. 10. Tools for Kaizen: PDCA Cycle: Pdca cycle. The PDCA cycle is a model for carrying out change. It is an essential part of the Kaizen philosophy and a key prerequisite for continuous improvement of people and processes. Proposed by Walter Shewhart and later developed by William Deming, the PDCA cycle became a widespread framework for constant improvements in manufacturing management and other areas. Pdca as a simple four-stage method that enables us to avoid recurring mistakes and improve processes. Plan is about finding problems and preparing a plan, is about implementing and testing different solutions. Check is about analysis, reflection, and introspection. Act is about final implementation and standardization. The main problem that appears when you decide to change and improve is that you don't know which change will bring the desired results and which one won't. You can only assume. Following the PDCA cycle helps you manage this uncertainty. The first logical step in the PDCA cycle is planning. You have to sit down and think about the final outcome you want to achieve or the problem you wanted to solve. By planning, you can clarify what kind of improvements you want to implement. Decide which opportunities to follow and write down the assumptions, hypotheses or educated guesses which you want to test. You also have to analyze and diligently determine what kind of a behavioral change will most likely lead you to the desired result. You need to set measurable and attainable goals, KPIs, and you need a strong why that emotionally empowers you and reminds you of the reason you want to achieve something. These questions can help you during the planning phase. What is the core problem or issue we're trying to solve? Which approaches have we used before? What resources do we need and have available for improvement? What is the optimal solution we should experiment with? What are the main KPIs or key results? How will we measure improvement? The basic idea of the planning phase is to design a set of controllable experiments where you implement a change on a manageable scale so you can analyze the possible effects on a greater level. The fact is that only by doing and putting your assumptions to the test and then reflecting on the results. Are you able to see if your assumptions in the plan are right or wrong? By doing and reflecting, you can decide to validate or reject, confirm, or negate your hypotheses. That leads us to the do and check phases of the PDCA cycle. In the Do phase, you implement the plan in a very controlled way. You change your behavior, setup, system or whatever will potentially lead to a different and preferably desired result. Essentially, the plan meets reality. When you change your behavior, you interact differently with your environment. And that reshapes the relationships in the direction in which the environment is evolving. Thus, any change causes friction and stress to the established system. And consequently, that leads to a polarization of external factors. Polarization means that every external factor has to become a blocker or a backer of your change. When you act differently, you have supporters of change and forces that want to put things back as they were. And you never know how polarization will happen. That means your plan mustn't consider only how the change will affect only your individual environment, but also how it will affect the organization as a whole. But only when you do things in real life and you get the firsthand experience or Genji gender you'd sue. Can you finally see things as they are in reality and compare them to your plan and assumptions. The properly executed do phase is very easy to spot. If you correctly implement any change, you almost always start doing something new stuff, doing something old or both. The next step is to analyze the results. The check step is not about auditing, but more about reflecting. That's why some people prefer to call it the PDSA cycle, where check is swapped with study, with reflection or introspection, as it's often called, you analyze how the change affected you and your environment after changing your behavior. In the check phase, you analyze which things went well, what didn't go as planned and expected, and what could have been done differently to get better results. You also brainstorm ideas for the potential next improvements and changes. In the check phase, you need a clear answer to the following questions. What went well during the experiment? What didn't go that well? How could I do things differently? How can I implement a new change? In scientific terms? You do the evaluation. You compare the results with the plan, you validate or reject your hypothesis. You convert data into information so you can draw final conclusions and insights and act accordingly. In the check phase, you learn how to act based on testing and experimenting. You do validated learning the Five Whys analysis can be a great help when you are performing the check phase. The final step in the PDCA cycle is acting based on the conclusions you obtained from the experiment. It's about implementing corrective actions based on your plan, the results of the experiment, and reflection insights. There is a decision to be made about the improvement, persevere, restore pivot, change while keeping fundamentals and try something completely new. If the change brought the results you wanted, you persevere. The new behavior becomes the new baseline, the new standard way in which you operate. If the change didn't work as expected and had negative effects, you have two choices. You can either go back to your old behavior or you can pivot partially or turned to something completely new. The very important thing to remember when you come to the Act phase is that you simultaneously enter the new PDCA cycle and already plan a new improvement and experiment. The PDCA cycle never stops. And that's what leads to constant validated learning and improvements. As what we have learned, Kaizen focuses on applying small daily changes that result in major improvements over time. And the PDCA cycle provides a framework and structure for identifying improvement opportunities and evaluating them objectively. 11. Tools for Kaizen: 5S Program: Five S program. By this Kaizen principles provide a system, a way of doing things that eliminates waste and improves performance, productivity and satisfaction. Five S is a productivity method whose name is derived from the 5 first letters of Japanese words, siri, tidiness, cytokine, orderliness, CSO, cleanliness, sake, kudzu, standardization and shift scale, discipline, keep the effort going. In English, the words could also be sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain. It's the most visible part of Kaizen wherein the end everything should shine, be in place and get done in a standardized manner. Siri, sort clear out, can't find what you're looking for and drowning and stuff. Commit yourself to Siri and declutter. Let go of all you no longer need, want or love. Make room, creates space. Turn your unwanted valuables into cash by selling them online or at a yard sale, less valuable stuff may still have value to others. So why not donate what you can't sell to a local charity and keep it out of the landfill for a while longer. You can also think of Siri as clearing out and did cluttering your mind. Emptying your mind, centering and meditation are a great daily practice that cultivates inner calm and renewal. Once you've declared your space in your mind, you'll be able to see, move and breathe more easily. Cytokine, set things in order, get organized. Put your space in life in order, a place for everything and everything in its place. You'll know everything you own, its purpose and its location. Imagine no time lost and searching for things. Cytokine can be done in stages. Your organization will be shaped by what you want to do. So don't organize everything till you're clear on your direction and plan of action. Put the basics in place first. Cso, clean and shiny. Cso, build spirit, pride and connection to your space in yourself. Consider your look and feel and your style. How's it working for you? Are you getting the results you want? Practicing CSO helps increase your self-awareness and awareness of your impact on others. Play with your style until you get the results you want. Seacat Sue, standardize the secret Sue step set standards for cleanliness or tidiness both on the environmental and personal fronts. Standardizing expectations makes them automatic and empowers all involved to monitor and make gentle adjustments to maintain performance benchmarks. You can adjust the process based on the results you receive. Skill, self-discipline, shit SKU, once achieved results in behavior change and achievement motivation, self-discipline, and holding yourself personally accountable to practicing the five S's Kaizen principles is what shifts goo is all about. Here are more examples of Phi of S that you can apply to your everyday life. Sort remove old clothes from your wardrobe that you no longer wear to make it easier to choose from the clothes that you do wear. Set in order. Always keep your keys in a standard place, preferably near the front door. Shine, wash the dishes regularly rather than letting them pile up. Standardize. Have a set day of the week to wash your sheets, sustain, and make sure you wash them every week. 12. Use of Kaizen In Your Daily Life: Use of Kaizen in your daily life. As with other goal-setting and personal development methods, there must be a period of introspection to determine what you want to change or develop. Spent some time in quiet reflection to journal and identify the areas in your life that you would like to improve or goals that you want to accomplish. Then work backwards to determine the smallest step you can take today to start you on your path. For example, you may want to write in self-publish your own book. Small steps towards this end could be to write one paragraph a day, gradually increasing by one paragraph per day until you arrive at your targeted daily writing quota. You may also find that when you start writing, you write more than the paragraph. This is good for It means that you are overcoming any fear or inhibitions associated with the task of writing your book. Examples of Kaizen in daily life, our goal, write a book, Kaizen application, write one paragraph a day. Goal, lose weight. Kaizen application, eat one bite less. Goal. Run a five-kilometer Kaizen application. Go for a 10 minute walk outside. Goal, quit smoking. Kaizen application, smoke 1.5 less cigarette. Goal. Meditate for 20 minutes everyday. Kaizen application meditate for one minute. Goal, a cleaner home Kaizen application. Set a timer and clean for just five minutes. Goal. Read more books. Kaizen application, read one-page. Goal, save $500. Kaizen application save $1 per day. Goal, communicate more with spouse. Kaizen application, give a compliment during the day. Each of these examples is meant to be improved upon every day in some small increment that would lead you to achieve your objective. Gradually work your way up from there, but continually seek to make progress. Incorporate Kaizen into your life on a daily basis. Look for any and all areas where you can make tiny changes towards improvement. These small efforts will add up over time and contribute to you becoming the person you aspire to be. 13. Example of Kaizen Application: Example of Kaizen application. The first step in personal application of Kaizen is determining your improvement objectives. In what areas of your life do you want to improve? Why? What are the key results you are targeting? For this example, we will select an example many of us can relate to, to return to my college weight by the end of the year. Once you have determined your objective, the next step is to identify and rank your current behaviors that are contributing or not contributing towards your objective. Use a combination of process tools and data analysis to review the current state. For this exercise, we will use this three-step process. Begin with a simple brainstorming session, identifying behaviors that would support your objective, right? These behaviors, at least 10 to 15 wacky, are not on post-it notes. If you are thick-skinned, ask a friend or loved one for their input. Remember that these are behaviors or actions and not outcomes or aspirations. See the example behaviors on the post-it notes here. Place each Post-it Note behavior on a PIC K chart with your rating and the dimensions of effort and impact. See the example shown. A tip on rating your behaviors for impact. How effective is this behavior and meeting my objective? Make your best guess. If you find out later you were wrong, then you can adjust for effort. Ask can I get myself to do this? Be honest, it doesn't help if you lie to yourself. Pick the most doable and practical effort. Select three to four behaviors from the implement quadrant that has big impact and easy to do first and then the possible quadrants second, pick only three to four and ignore the behaviors in the other quadrants. We will design a plan to turn these behaviors into habits. The four behaviors we selected from the PIC K chart above our exercise daily, eat better food, track my weight, drink more water. The three to four behaviors you selected from the PIC K chart are going to be the most impactful in meeting your objective. You are going to make these behaviors into habits by following our three-step process. Anchor. And anchor is an existing routine or event you will use to remind you to do your simplified behavior above. This is one of the keys to turning your desired behavior into a habit. It is suggested that linking your anchor with your behavior into a habit statement. Here are a few examples. When I put my wallet in my purse, I will add my reusable water bottle. While I wait for my shower water to warm up, I will weigh myself. While I brush my teeth in the evening. I will record my exercise for the day. When I parked my car at work or the store, I will park in the backlog so I have a longer walk to the front door. Celebration. The other key to developing a habit is linking the completion of the behavior to a positive emotion. Celebrate after you complete your simple new behavior. This will release hormones in your brain to wire in the new habit. Don't be tempted to skip this step. It really works. Here are several examples of celebrations you can use. Say yes, out loud, smile. Do a fist pump in the air. Say or think, good job. Do your own version of a happy dance. You can also celebrate by checking off that I completed the behavior. This will let you see the progress and makes you want to continue that behavior so you don't break the chain. Here are some examples of habit statements. Note how each habit has an anchor, a simple step, and a way to celebrate and lock in the habit. When I brush my teeth at night, I check off my health successes for the day. If I haven't done push-ups already, I will do at least one push up so I don't break the chain. When I need to leave for work early the next morning, I will prep a healthy bowl of oatmeal for breakfast the night before. When I plan to exercise the next day, I will put out exercise clothes the night before and put them on when I wake up. Habits take some time to develop, so make sure you keep them small and simple. For example, it is better to set the goal of a single push-up. Many days you will feel good and do more. But if you were extra tired, at least you can do your one, not break the chain and feel successful. You should also experiment with anchors until you find ones that work for you. Use simple tools and reminders. For example, if my new habit is to stretch on the floor for one minute when I turn on the TV, it is helpful to add a sticker on your remote control that reminds you to do this. After learning this example, hopefully, you find that comfort and contentment by viewing the world in a true Kaizen way. 14. How to Commit to Continuous Improvement: How to commit to continuous improvement. If you truly desire a successful life where you are thriving, the first thing you must do as embrace and accepted your journey of self-improvement and growth will never end. It is a lifelong journey of learning and removing barriers that get in the way. Once you have accepted that your journey to improving your life as lifelong and are ready to look into ideas for improvement. You then follow these steps. One, set your goals based on the philosophy of 1% incremental achievements. Remember that setting the goal as the easy bit, keeping motivated, focused, and on track to achieving any goal is the hardest part. The concept of continuous improvement provides you with a system or a process that will enable you to confidently achieve any goal. You said, it might not seem like much, but continuous 1% improvement achievements every day will gradually add up to 100% and the goal is achieved following the concept of Kaizen with the 1% improvement every day enables you to get off the feeling like a failure and being angry with yourself because you keep giving up. Secondly, break down the system into small actions. Continuous improvement as a journey of personal growth where you are making long-term, steady progress. It is not about random bursts of improvement with fits and starts of activity. This approach to self-improvement will not give you the sustainable long-term changes you seek to improve your life or achieve your goals. For example, if you have huge debt and you want to pay it back, but it is all too much hide away from taking any action to put the concept of continuous improvement into action, the first thing you need to do is not focused on how much you owe, but instead focus on creating a system or process that enables you to pay back an incremental amount each week. Once you have created the system, you must break down the system into small actions or behaviors with the least resistance and effort. Commit to these actions on a daily basis until your original system has habit. Commit to paying back a realistic amount each week and then increase the amount you pay back by 1% every week after that. Keep going until the debt is paid off. Lastly, keep track of your 1% success. The other important factor about incremental achievement and continuous improvement is that you must measure and keep track of your 1% successes. Evaluating and measuring your improvements are important for your own motivation and commitment to the journey. If you are not measuring your progress, your subconscious brain will kick in and sabotage your progress by convincing you that it is all too hard and you are not making any progress at all. Measuring and evaluating your 1% successes is key to you retraining your subconscious to believe that you can achieve your goals and succeed in life. Continuous improvement does not focus on making huge gains, are big improvements all at once. Instead, it focuses on long-term, steady progress. When you follow the philosophy of continuous improvement, you won't radically changed your life. But over time, with consistent and constant improvement and change, you will find that you are living your life to the fullest, empowered, resilient, and thriving. After learning all these step, why would you not want to embrace this philosophy of incremental improvement and growth into your personal life.