Kaizen is a philosophy, with origins in Japan. It’s focused on taking small, incremental steps towards improving anything you choose! It can be defined as a continuous effort to reach your specific goal. By focusing on small changes in your daily habits, Kaizen helps to eliminate wasted time and effort. It can be applied to your eating habits, exercise routine (or lack of), your pain management, work, etc.
The Kaizen principle aims at continuous improvement, no matter how small … as long as it’s measurable and moves you towards your ultimate goal.
How do I use Kaizen to make my life better?
Kaizen activities are usually implemented by using the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.
This ensures that there is always an on-going cycle in action to monitor changes and continue moving towards your goal.
Plan – Define the problem and brainstorm potential solutions. In this cycle, information is gathered and a “do-able” plan is laid out.
Do – Implement the plan and begin taking the first small steps.
Check – Evaluate your results to see if the plan is leading to the solution you expected. Search for any ways to make the plan work better, get faster results or otherwise improve on the plan.
- Remember that “Kaizen” means “Continuous slow improvement, or good change.”
Act – Based on your results so far … if things are going well and the plan is working, keep it as part of your long-term habits. If you’re not getting the results you expected by this point, repeat the PDCA cycle to adjust some steps in the plan, or completely scrap it and come up with a new plan.
If you’ve followed the principle of Kaizen, you’ve only made small, incremental changes to your daily habits … so it shouldn’t be a big deal to adjust them or go in a new direction entirely.
You might want to check out this blog post too … “Reach Your Health Goals by Harnessing the Principle of Kaizen“
What Do I Need to Know About Kaizen?
Kaizen works by reducing wasted effort and time, and eliminating processes that are overly difficult and changes that are too drastic.
It succeeds when you make small changes, which lead to measurable improvements over time.
It’s also important to observe and document these improvements so you can measure your progress. Keeping a daily journal is really helpful.
You can download my free Gratitude Journal and use it as a daily “gratitude + progress” diary!
Want to know more about Kaizen and how it will change your life?
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Give this simple principle a try and let us know how it’s working for you by posting below!