With Kaizen to the goal: Change in small steps

The problem with goals, plans, and changes is that they often seem big and ominous to us.

The problem with goals, plans, and changes is that they often seem big and ominous to us. That's why we like to avoid them. Small changes would be much easier. And they would deter us less. This is where the Japanese management method Kaizen comes in. Because Kaizen places emphasis on continuous small steps and improvements, not on the big litter.

The problem with goals, plans and changes

The problem with goals, plans, and changes is that they often seem big and ominous to us. They scare. They look like work and sweat. They invite you to get bogged down or work around aimlessly, because there are no fixed sizes to look for. Small changes would seem much easier and more feasible. And they would deter us less. For example, I go about my search for a flat. Although I moved the move itself for work reasons to next year. But until then, I am busy with small changes and prepare so the big change "move".

For example, I take pictures of my apartment to document it and later to better remember it. I'm talking about what I do not want in my new apartment with me. I thought about what I would like to have minimal and optimal for an apartment. I tell everyone that I'm on a search. Although I'm saying it will not be serious until next year, if I had a "pearl" falling at my feet, I might change my schedule. I study potential residential areas and locations. And so on.

When the time comes, I will not only be well prepared. I will have long since said goodbye inside and can handle the change easier.

Kaizen is different: change in small steps

Kaizen's Japanese management method is different: it is not about big goals or plans or even about radical changes. Kaizen emphasizes continuous small steps and improvements, not the big one. Not infrequently, however, it is exactly these small steps that make the big changes possible. Because while our "emotional brain" at the big goals and task mountains ever walled and would like to pinch, appear to him the gradual improvements or changes relatively harmless and feasible. The first successes give additional momentum. Until it finds itself faster than the home stretch, as he is aware. How do you reach your goals with Kaizen now? For me the following procedure works.

Step 1: Take stock first

Check your life or your job, your business: What's going well? What's going on less well? What do you want more of? What do you want to get rid of? Also listen to your feelings.

For example, how long have you experienced subliminal annoyance? What would you most like to change if ... (If you had enough money, if you had the skills, if you were ten years younger, whatever)

On the other hand, what feels really good on the other hand? What would you most like to have around you? Or what would you like to do all day if that was possible? (Example: You would like to bake cakes all day long - did you think about whether and how you can make money with them?)

Concentrate on what you want more of. If you follow that closely, you will often be able to do without what you no longer want on your own.

Question: What do I want more?

Step 2: Next, set the priorities

Now consider how urgent is what you want more. Because usually there are several things that we have or want to expand. We may want to go on vacation more often. Or we finally want to write the book we dreamed about as a teenager. Or we want to have a new apartment. Have more money. Change the job. And so on. Now, rarely will everything be done at once. Either you will take over or the quality will suffer. Say, you will be less satisfied with what you get than you could have been. So decide what you want to do next. Set priorities.

Let's say you want to earn more money, go on holiday more often and move. Is there something that is mutually conditional or obstructed?

Example: If you have more money, you can go on vacation more often. However, if you have to work longer to earn this "extra money," you may not have the time to renovate and renovate your new home. On the other hand, if you have more money, an external service provider could take over these conversions. And more like that. You see the sequence of conditions and contexts?

You do not have to relinquish your move or vacation and concentrate on the job. They should only give priority.

Accordingly, the work might be priority 1. (Most important.) The holiday perhaps priority 2. (As a break in between.) And the new apartment about priority 3. (As a desirable goal for the near future.)

Question: What are the priorities for the things I want more? What is most important? What is less important? What may be related or complementary? What should I do first? What else would have a little time?

Step 3: At the end, think about your little steps

Well, you have your list of desirable things that you more or less desperately want more. Now think about what you can do today to get a little closer to these things. When I moved I had already done this with my little steps from above. So, count around everywhere, sound out the situation, clear out the old apartment, and so on, and so on. Or on the subject of work and more money: do a training and qualify me for better paid tasks. Take on an additional or better paid responsibility. Report me for paid overtime. As a self-employed develop new products or improve my marketing. And more.

Break this back into small steps. What could you do in a concrete way today if, say, you want to continue your education?

  • Ask my boss what skills and knowledge the company would need.
  • Ask my boss if the company might even participate financially.
  • Think about what know-how can help me and my life.
  • And more.

Go these steps. And if you have the green light from the boss and know what skills you want to acquire, think again: what small steps can I take today if I want to, say, learn French?

Realistically superior to what I bring with me to previous knowledge. If necessary, take a language test to be graded. Looking for courses on the Internet suitable for my previous knowledge. And more.

Incidentally, the same applies to your projects of lesser priority. Just be sure to give them less time, or plan for the long term, or anything else, to avoid getting in the way of your first priority. Nevertheless, the small steps here help you get your projects rolling and moving in one way or another .

So you run less risk of working one-sidedly (only all projects with priority 1) or drop the matter quietly and secretly. And the many small successes (conversation with boss led, apartment photographed pp.) Motivate you to keep going.

Question: What are my little steps? What can I specifically do today to get more from what I want?

In this sense, you have great success in reaching your destination with Kaizen

About Author:

Karen Berns is a business coach and writer with over 5 years’ experience from http://quizlets.live/ and she specialized in Creative Writing. Her job is her passion. She enjoys helping others master their writing skills in all of its different forms.