Kaizen

- a method that divides a task into multiple steps

- it's a step by step approach

Hey everyone,

This blog is going to be a bit different than my usual blogs. It took a while for me to narrow down things and write a blog on this book. Yes, I'm talking about

Kaizen by Sarah Harvey. It's one of my go-to book for any problems I may have. It's that one book which will always be in the front stack in my bookshelf. It's that one book which will never be outdated or old school.
It's that one book which can be read by any age group and still it'll benefit them all.

Now you know, why it must have taken a while for me to sum up and share the secrets or break it down into an easy way.

This time it's not only going to be a blog but learnings' from the book in the form of info-graphics.





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Kaizen - Life approach

In daily life, we find it extremely difficult to stay up with habits. And because of the unproductive habits we often lose on our goals and targets, we often become a target of health diseases. Here, the Kaizen approach comes into consideration. It helps you focus on the little things in life, changing small habits incrementally, rather than taking big dive without proper care or making dramatic changes which lead to failure ultimately.

Sometimes, it's a unanimous approach that is taken by the whole family to reach a certain family goal.

Kaizen is also a business methodology, however mostly used for personal development.

Kaizen methodology tools you up with tips and useful tricks that you can apply to your existing habits and then change them. You can tailor build a Kaizen approach as per your own need. Everybody's approach would be a varied one, as their needs and goals would be distinctive. Remember, only you have the potential to overhaul your current habits and demolish the unproductive ones.

Kaizen the word, is a noun. It's a Japanese word that means improvement. No matter whether the improvement is small or big, timed or continuous.

What did I learn from Kaizen?

It's a systematic plan, it can be worked with any existing habit and at an own pace. It can be modified as per my convenience. It breaks down the heavy load of achieving the bigger and humongous goals into smaller and compact steps. Once the plan is ready, it can be implemented daily with my other routine or mundane activities. Life becomes pretty easy, I can now maintain sustainable changes in my habits and behaviour.






The Kaizen philosophy assumes that our way of life - be it working life, our social life, or our home life - deserves to be constantly improved.

- Mr Masaaki Imai.

Why Kaizen?

People often take new year resolutions for a better change or a better lifestyle whether it's on a personal level or professional level. However, the zeal to do so or to take a bigger leap fails miserably within a few days or weeks or months. You get tired of the change that you have made recently or you don't get time to resume the newly developed habit. You're loaded with new responsibilities, new challenges, new workload and this is when everything goes for a toss. (dries off). Things just get out of your control and you start cribbing on small things, within no time you reach the high point and completely stop the newly build activity and feel guilty for the rest of the year. It not only mentally distracts you but also affects your current performance. Here, Kaizen plays a vital role. Kaizen methodology makes some teeny-weeny changes and gradually helps you to reach the set goal or maintain your resolutions.

Let's understand by an example:

Normal plan:

New Year Resolution: Joining a gym for weight loss

Start date: 1 Jan 2020

End date: 15 Jan 2020

Activity buildup: Spend 1 hour in the gym and get trained for weight loss.

During the activity: Find it difficult as your body doesn't easily adapt the new change, you face new challenges in the office and hence it's tedious to cope up with the schedule and still take out time to go to the gym, you get tired and skip one day, next day you become more lethargic as you feel it's okay to skip another day, after a few days you feel nothing is happening it's a waste of time and money.

Result: You couldn't survive with the bigger and major schedule change and hence couldn't reach the goal.

Kaizen plan:

New Year Resolution: Weight loss journey

Start date: 1 Jan 2020

End date: Tentatively 10 Oct 2020

Target: 10 Months / 5 kilos weight loss

Be specific and time if possible.

Activities: Rather than going for a major shift in routine and forcing yourself on harsh reality, break it down and make things simpler and easier. Think of some smaller changes that can be given a try without even disturbing your current habits or work schedule.  

Steps:

1. Climb stairs whenever possible instead of using elevators.

2. Cut down on junk food - like instead of gulping down a packet of wafers alone, offer it your friend or colleague and share the packet. Likewise, you can have many examples.

3. Start a 5 minutes exercise in the morning using your mobile app, just to feel good and energetic.

4. Cut down on white sugar slowly. Add on substitutes like jaggery or honey. Replace the container in your kitchen with jaggery granules and use it while making tea or coffee. This will help you form a healthy new habit without even compromising or making a major shift. Initially, the taste might bother you but with times, you'll be okay.

5. Start taking charge of some household chores. Household chores are a great way for weight loss whether it's sweeping the floor, or arranging your wardrobe. It engages you physically which in return helps you become more active, and loosen your fat.

Aren't these five steps a great way to bring that change in your daily dose and make some remarkable achievement eventually.  

I know some might still feel that these are too many steps and there's a constant pressure of recollecting these. But remember, you have a couple of days to make a list and tick one at a time and gradually increase the habits. Some habits might just be a part of you for the rest of your life, isn't that a magnificent achievement? Making smaller and invisible changes in your daily routine will smoothly make you do those things without even you taking the pressure of recollecting or redoing it.

Habits are a great form of self-development.

This is just one example, but Kaizen has it all.

When I finished this book, the only words that I came up with were

"Wow! finally, I have found all of my answers. It's amazing to feel happy when your doubts are solved and that too in a simple manner. You name a problem and Kaizen has an answer for it". That's the beauty of Kaizen methodology.

Here I would like to mention, Kaizen isn't an instant two-minute magic approach. It's a process that changes you from within and helps you grow in your good habits and eradicate the unpleasant ones. It's a process full of action-oriented steps with some invincible changes in your routine yet gives you surprising and impactful results.


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"DO what you love to DO"


After a long time, feeling encouraged and happy. It's time for self critics, self-analysis, self rejuvenation, self-reflection and above all loving myself - Self-love.



Travel alone and you'll come across a personality of yours never seen before, a hidden "YOU". Maybe a talent you never knew you had, you might just roll out that bag of yours which carries all the anxieties, worries, consciousness, doubts, rage and deep ruining thoughts. It's so liberating to feel "YOU" the real you. It's an emotional purge. At times, people have a self-identity crisis.

While I write this with great interest and enthusiasm, is played a current favourite song of mine in the cafe. You're writing the place where I'm putting this down on paper is a Cafe. "Cafe Garde Manger". Coming back to the song, it's 'Senorita' the sensational song on YouTube these days which is been played in almost all the trending Cafes and not so trending Cafes. This song soothes my mind, relaxes me mentally and I carry the same flow of energy all day long. And there's my tadka wala moment, "Masala Chai" on my table. Frankly speaking, it's been days haven't sipped an aromatic masala tea. But this tea gives me the vibe of " Taaza ho le". And yes, it did enlighten my spirit, then can I have some sapid conversations with self. There's a synergy between the two. I'm feeling like, I'm back on track with my moves, my stories, my desires, my dreams and my free-flowing write-ups. Here, I want to scream, shout and tell the whole world about the way I'm feeling. There's a lovely smile on my face which I can't conceal. It radiates a positive response in me. Right now, is the time I'd love to get up, show some grooves. I know it would be obnoxious, but as they say "who cares when you're on cloud nine already".


"Do what you love to do", Discover your potential. The lines say it all, you actually do it and then see the magical powers.


I want to pour my heart out,

I want to capture this moment,

I want to mention every single detail,

I want to feel this way every single day, for it keeps me gracious, grounded, enthusiastic and at peace.


My suggestion to all, try the below steps at least once.


Step 1: Step out of your house, unplanned.

Step 2: Look at the wonderful opportunity of seeking your attention.


Step 3: Follow your heart and enter the place. (A restaurant, a book store, a Cafe, sea-face or a beach)

Step 4: Take time to settle, sink in the ambience, people around, feel of feeling in solitude for the first time yet loving every bit of it.


Step 5 : Do what you love to do.

a. Listen to the music

b. Eat yummy, scrumptious food. Observe people, think of some comments and giggle all by yourself

c. Explore the place by moving around

d. Talk to the manger of the restaurant or Cafe, know about the history

e. Talk to friends on call, if needed went out your discomforts.


I'm sure the above mentioned ideas are enough for you to take some actions and connect with my topic.


Thanks to Cafe Garde Manger.


#selfreflectiontime #discoverthenewyou #cafegardemanger #selflove #foryouandonlyyou #ritzyradhika #readsharedevelop #rejuvenateyourself

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Well, the answer is really simple but to follow/implement the solutions in reality is a tough job. It's a hard row to hoe.


What do you mean by Digital Detox?

Detoxification means removing the toxins, just add 'Digital' over it. Stay aloof from your mobile, TV or any other gadget that sticks you with it.

Here, the question is - How is it possible to stay remote from the adhering device which has some lucrative Apps that pop up right on your screen, almost the entire day.



Answer the questions below:

No.1: Why do you need this break from the glutinous device?

No.2: How many hours a day can you keep the device away?

No.3: Do you want to practice this in the long run or is it your short term goal?

Spend enough time finding the answers. And, when you're ready and feel the need then please precede on the solvent given below.


Living in the digital world itself and then planning to get rid of one is contradictory. For making it look possible, you need to rewind and think about the golden days our grandparents and parents lived. Those were the days without the harmful digital frequencies.


Festive time has just begun and it's just the right time to engross in a challenging task as there would be people to support and encourage. You don't need to put in loads of efforts to be away from the digital world.

Any activity that you pursue, for a prolonged duration, becomes a habit. So, choose your activities wisely. Basic activity of reading a newspaper and having your chai lasts till your last breath, isn't it?

Here your choice matters whether it's reading a newspaper or book, indulging in the phone, checking emails, talking to family or using the computer. Remember it's going to stay with you forever unlike a materialistic piece of thing. This habit is going to define you as a person.


It's never too late, the moment you realize something has to change that you have been doing for years and that change is much needed for you to grow, don't stop yourself. Motivate yourself and do the plan of action.

The first path-breaking step lies here. Going that extra mile to do what you feel is right for you and only you. Self-love is essential and Self-motivation is a demand.


I'm going to add a huge reference that put me on fire to give it a try. It's been years I always dreamed of being the one like my father who doesn't like to stay in bed after 7 or 8 am.

It took years for him to convince me on this one. The benefits are endless of course no need to discuss further.

So, failure was part of me when it came to sustaining with this morning habit. Then one day I came across this book 'The 5 am club'. It again convinced me for the benefits I would get, just like my father. The point is, convincing is easy implementing is incorrigible.


Will talk about the book -

The book has strategies and a plan for you to become a member of 'The 5 am club'. They say 'Nothing comes easy if it's easy it's fragile and won't last for long'. It takes years for a person to develop a habit. Every individual can have a different perspective even though the lines written in the book are going to remain the same. What you take and how you take is the way you're as a person and what's your purpose of reading that particular book.


Coming to the Crux of the Matter - The core formula/solution isn't at the beginning, but falls in the mid of the book. Also, there are small learning's in every chapter and every short passage given in the book.

My main target was to find 'TIME' to detach from the digital world. I'm not saying that you should be a member of 5 am club then only you can detach from the digital world. But there's going to be no harm if you become one.

'Early to bed and early to rise' is an old saying. That's possible with the people who are 'morning people' and unthinkable for 'night owls'. The major shift in the timetable takes a toll, mentally and physically. For me, it's the deciding factor that charges me to dwell on for my betterment.


Cutting it short, I'm not yet a member of 5 am club as my consistency is only for 14 to 15 days a month. Practicing this ritual has added a great value to boost my immunity, my mental stability and reliability on myself. Your body and mind is a double-edged sword you could use it to make a right choice or a disastrous choice which will make an end.

It doesn't mean that waking up at '5 am' is the only key for digital exemption. It could be '6 am or 7 am' as well.

Of course, after 7 am it's too late to retain the focus and essence of the mentioned theory in the book. Take it as per your convenience initially and gradually you can set a goal of achieving the desires. You can buy and read the book yourself to dive in more for the theory and concepts of becoming a morning person.  


Going back to where I started, firstly decide the path-breaking step and plan to start your day by performing Zumba, practicing yoga, some cool-down exercise, meditation, reading a book or having chai with the family. Focus is to spend quality time for an hour or more without your phone or any digital gadget. It will be tempting for you just to scroll down your screen to check a message or an email. Don't fool yourself and fall into trap of ' it's only Day 1, later I'll manage' as the later will never come.

You're shifting your time ahead of your normal time zone to keep yourself free and detach from the digital world.


If still, you feel it's looking an unmanageable task, here are 5  different ways you can start with.

1. Create a no mobile zone at your home -If you step in that zone with mobile then you'll be punished and have to pay a fine. Decide it with your family what you'll do of the money deposited in terms of fine. This will be scalable and interesting for the other family members to catch you red-handed with a phone. Fun and easy way of being intact with your closed ones.


2. No mobile time once a week - Take a small cloth bag and collect all the phones in the house. In this, watching TV or movie on a computer is allowed. Focus is to only be away from the mobile phone.


3. Depositing mobile phone in the cupboard, lock it at least for an hour or so - Here the focus is on individual forming a habit. You can engage in different activities like writing, cooking, applying a face pack, cleaning or just sitting idle in the balcony gazing at the trees and leaves. It's so liberating to do this. Check out yourself once and will want to redo it.


4. Setting timers on the influencing Apps in the phone - Make a list of the spending apps, time pass apps and just checking apps and put up a timer on each. Set a time of not more than, 15 minutes on each. It'll automatically turn in the grey zone once you exceed the time limit. This way you'll be in control of the device your using rather the devil device controlling you.


5. Indulge in some outdoor activity near your home - An activity like playing cricket, badminton, cycling, going to the gym or the yoga centre. The trick is to make a deliberate effort of forgetting the device at home. Sounds brain-sick but it works the best and with fewer efforts, you're already away from the Digi zone.

Finally, it's true, that we are living the digital era where it's unavoidable to distant yourself from the devices. That's why we can keep a small target of achieving less than achieving nothing at all and blaming the fuss happening around.

For me, it's my "Me time" without the phone as I can dream endlessly anything and everything. I'm not a slave of the technology, neither my brain is been controlled by a device.

My mindset, heart set, soul set and health sets are well balanced.


#ritzyradhika #the5amclub #digitaldetox #readsharedevelop #saveyourself

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