What is behind the Kaizen philosophy and how you can use these for new habits, we tell you here.
Kaizen: That’s behind it
The term kaizen is a composition from the Japanese quay for “change” or “change” and Zen for “for the better”. The Japanese Masaaki Imai published already 1986 a book over the principle Kaizen. What is behind it? Roughly speaking, Kaizen helps with production, service or quality management in companies (by the way, the continuous improvement process (KVP for short) is considered a German variant of Kaizen!).
Kaizen is above all a management philosophy , ie it is not simply a method, but a way of thinking that should be internalized by employees: processes, activities or products should be constantly improved – with the involvement of all employees. Waste should also be avoided as much as possible, not only for resources, but also for time!
The optimization process has a beginning in the Kaizen philosophy, but no end! So Imai is said to have said, “The message of the Kaizen strategy is that not a day should go anywhere in the company without any improvement.” The key to success here are the small steps and the day after day ! Step by step to the visible improvement. How can we use that for ourselves?
Kaizen: So we can use the principle
Yes, with self-optimization we can overdo it! And yet there are habits that we have long wanted to get rid of – and just can not make it. You have to know that getting rid of a bad habit is harder than establishing a new one. But there is a trick: the 1-minute method . That means you spend a minute a day on your new habit! Whether you want to do some situps, eat more vegetables, or update your schedule, at one minute you’ll have no excuse not to do it. And how fast is a minute? Just! Instead of getting angry about bad habits, you can get used to a better one and get closer and closer to your goal in little steps …
Admittedly, to stop smoking, the 1 minute method is not appropriate. But instead of lighting a cigarette, you could get used to an alternative … In the video below you can find even more tips on stopping smoking.
Kaizen: establish new habits
With the one-minute-method you are more motivated from the beginning and have very little success experiences – how great is that? And you can take advantage of another principle: a small study from University College London found that most of the subjects exercised new habits in everyday life automatically after an average of 66 days (here’s an interview with scientist Phillippa Lally ). If you repeat your new habit for about 66 days at a time, it is already as good as your life 💪🏻. It’s so easy to optimize your life step by step!
Kaizen for the home
The continuous optimization process is therefore not only suitable for processes in the company, but can be transferred to different areas of life. And what works in companies and offices also works for your home. For continuous optimization, you can use the 5S method:
- Sort (Japanese: Seiri): Dispose of everything unnecessary! For things you’re not sure about, put them in a box, label them, and put them away. B. in the basement. If you do not use it for a long time, you can also dispose of it.
- Systematizing (Seiton): Everything not only has a permanent place, but also a meaningful one! Keep related items together. What is not used often is stowed so that it does not get in the way.
- Cleaning (Seiso): After a thorough cleaning, you can set up your classification system. Cleanliness also includes repairing broken things.
- Standardize (Seiketsu): Standardizing is only partially necessary for home use, but you can use this principle to think through routine processes and optimize them step by step.
- Self-discipline (shitsuke): Bringing order to the home and designing processes more meaningfully are great ways to save time and resources. But without discipline, to keep this standard, unfortunately little successful. So stay tuned!