Kaizen Philosophy: 5 Rules of Success from Japan
The path of success in life-the rules of Japanese Kaizen philosophy
It turns out that the Japanese know how to always be productive at work and happy in life. And the kaizen philosophy helps them in this. What are its basic principles and how to learn to follow them?
Kaizen is a philosophical concept originally from Japan, which originated in 1986 and is used both in everyday life and in management. "Kai "means" change", " zen "means something "better".
The Japanese are not supporters of the constant search for themselves in new working groups. When choosing a job, they plan to develop there, striving for excellence and gradually moving up the career ladder. The kaizen philosophy is aided in this by the five basic principles of sorting, ranking, purity, standardization, and discipline.
After World War II, this technique allowed many Japanese companies, including Toyota, to quickly recover and regain their former strength. Let's see how it is possible to implement its principles in practice.
Step 1. Sorting
First of all, you need to ask yourself: "What exactly is hindering my effectiveness?» and put all the answers in the list. For example, it often happens that in a working team, one person is responsible for almost everything: electronic correspondence, clerical routine, calling customers, etc.
Of course, it may seem that no one can do this job better than you. But in fact, it often turns out otherwise. Try to delegate some of your responsibilities to your colleagues, if possible, and see how this will affect your effectiveness.
Step 2. Setting the significance
Once you remove all the distractions and distractions from your work (or any other) process, you can organize it more efficiently and intelligently – so that it meets exactly your tasks and priorities. Determine what time you are most productive.
Now it is these hours that you strive to use to perform the most responsible and difficult tasks. For this purpose, it is advisable to have a daily planner, where you can plan your activities every day. Set aside the top lines of the list for the most important tasks, and the bottom lines for what can wait if necessary.
Stage 3. Cleanliness
In Japan, it is not customary to leave work before the workplace is fully prepared for tomorrow's shift. Inspect your desk before you leave the office. Attach all the sheets scattered on the surface to the necessary files and folders.
Throw away all the garbage, food containers, plastic cups, and unnecessary papers, and put the drafts in a drawer. Scientifically proven: a clean workplace increases labor efficiency.
Step 4. Standardization
Having achieved a balance in personal and work affairs, you need to make it your standard, your standard, something that you always need to adhere to. Of course, at first you will have to constantly remind yourself of your priorities, peek into your diary and follow a strict plan. However, soon all this will become a habit. According to scientific data, it takes only three weeks to fix a new action and firmly implement it in your life.
Stage 5. Discipline
Every now and then ask yourself the following questions: "What do I need all this for? How do all these actions contribute to my happiness, productivity, and success?" All this will support your desire to achieve the goal, even if there are obstacles and temptations at every step. Here is an example. You want to improve your professionalism at work and get a prestigious position.
But instead of making an important report, you are drawn to talk to a colleague or look at a catalog with new products that interest you. Think about whether these pleasant actions will bring you closer to a promotion, an increase in salary, respect for your superiors, and finally? Unlikely. Then do what really gives the result. And in a similar way-in everything!
The material was selected by Nikolai Merzlyakov.