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December 13, 2012

Make Improvements the Kaizen Way

Kaizen is the art of incremental improvement, and it produces results because it breaks down tasks into manageable steps and bypasses resistance. For example, if you hate to exercise and like watching television, start your exercise routine by walking in place during the commercial breaks. That’s it. Just stand and walk in place for the commercial breaks in one half-hour television program. When you do just this small action, you add eight minutes of activity to your day. Eight minutes isn’t a lot, but it’s better than zero minutes!

Take the kaizen approach to any task you are resisting. Hate writing year-end reports or performance reviews? The kaizen approach would be to spend ten minutes on the task or complete just one section of the review. That’s all. Just take one small step and watch them add up.

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