This post is not going to be long, I promise! Life is happening at break-neck speed right now. The days are packed. I’m willing to bet they are for you, too.
It’s easy when we are this busy to postpone (or eliminate) continuous improvement from our thoughts. After all, we are too busy DOING to spend time eliminating waste and looking for ways to improve!
But, like Paul Akers says in his book 2 Second Lean, eliminating waste is like a giant scavenger hunt. (Not his exact words!) Waste is everywhere, and you need to find it!
So your goal for today is to find ONE thing you can do better. Just one.
If you find it hard to get out of the house when it’s time to go somewhere: is there a better place to store your purse or keys? Do you need an extra hook near the front door? Yesterday I realized a lot of frustration comes from not having a place for my son’s backpack. My daughter has a hook designated for hers, but Little Man doesn’t. (Don’t tell him I called him that!)
Is there something you can toss in the garbage? Oh I love getting rid of stuff. When I throw something out (or donate it or give it to someone else) I am assured that it will never again require my attention. Everything in your home requires attention; everything needs to be dusted/hung up/maintained/cleaned/thought about.
If you find it hard to keep your garbages empty and re-lined: could you store a week’s worth of bags in the bottom of the can, so you don’t have to go to the cleaning cupboard to get the bags?
Struggling with meal prep? Laundry? School runs?
Whatever your frustration is – work with it. Find one tiny way to make it better.
We all know that the longest journey starts with a single step. We sometimes forget how many more steps there are along the way. Take one of those steps today!
And of course…once you have found one thing to improve, there’s a good chance you’ll find another. Hooray!