Kaizen For Life – Tiny Tweaks For Big Changes
Kaizen for life is a simple concept, one that everyone can apply. It simply means to make an improvement. No matter where you are and at what stage of life you are at, there are always tiny tweaks and improvements to be made.
As we take our journey through life, we have the ebbs and flows and the ups and downs but every day we can make a small tweak here or there to make our journey that little bit better.
Anything from improving our diet, getting a little more active, enjoying our free time or connecting with friends and family.
I love Denise Duffield Thomas (of Lucky Bitch fame)’s idea of mini upgrades, you don’t have to go straight from business class to first class you can upgrade slowly and incrementally. I recently upgraded out salt grinder, the one we had was supposed to grind the salt into fine or grande pieces, the reality was enormous chunks of salt on your meal – annoying to say the least. That small and cheap upgrade meals my meals taste so much better now!
Changing small things that annoy you, make you feel cheap or poor can have a huge impact on your outlook on life and they don’t have to be expensive. My mom finally chucked out all the old, chipped and mis-matched plates and dishes and started using the “best” tableware, the stuff that normally only ever came out at Christmas. “Mealtimes feel much posher now” she says! And she gets to use the plates that she loves rather than the “It will do for now” set that we grew up with. Using something you love makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and yes, maybe something with get broken but at least it got broken being loved.
In My Organized Chaos we look at specific areas of the home, the kids and yourself and see how to make them better. Using simple steps to make things run more smoothly, improve communication and of course how to get that all important self care in!
Kaizen for life isn’t just about material things though, we can use it to educate ourselves, look after our minds, body and spirits. Setting aside a few minutes a day to learn something new, making time to do something we love, stopping when we feel stressed and taking a few deep breaths. Meditating for a couple of minutes before we go to sleep.
There are so many things to apply to kaizen for life and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are doing, you can start today.
How To Start…
First you need to decide what you want to improve. Then think of a teeny weeny action that you can easily add to your day.
- Flossing after you brush your teeth
- Drinking a glass of water when you get up
- Decluttering your work space, 2 minutes at a time
- Doing 3 squats when you go to the toilet
- Writing two lines in your journal as soon as you wake up
These little kaizen tweaks are easy to add to your day, if you add them to a habit you already do, like brushing your teeth, you will have a greater chance at sticking to them. We are all different, so set up a reminder that will work for you, you could have a notification or alarm set on your phone or slap a post-it note somewhere so you don’t forget. If the habit is easy and sticky (you can stick it to a habit you already have) then you have a greater chance of sticking to it.