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Kaizen is a Japanese management theory that encourages taking incremental steps to transform habits. First inventory your habits. Define your long-term goals and make a plan to start working toward them gradually. Once you start, track your progress and make adjustments according to your pace to keep momentum and compound improvements.



by Sarah Harvey


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Incremental Growth is Key

Transform your habits one small change at a time repeating until you don’t get results. Whether you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, get better at saving money, or rethink your career, kaizen can set you on the path to success. But first, you have to know where you stand.

Analyze Your Habits

Habits are the way our brain standardizes behaviors to save mental resources. Association strengthens with repetition until the behavior gets locked in.

As a first step make an inventory of your life.

  1. List the areas that make up your life
  2. For each area ...

Plan Your Actions

Your first actions should be so small you barely notice any difference. Adding them up will produce momentum (“contagious enthusiasm” and a compound effect. What is the smallest, most easily achievable step you can make toward your goal? 

Then set various incremental steps to achieve your ...

Break Down Your Goals In Short, Medium and Long Term goals

Breaking down your goals in achievable steps makes it easier to complete. If the habits you want to cultivate are permanent ones, it’s important to set a measurement and cadence (e.g. one yoga class per week). The kaizen philosophy suggests adjusting your time frame as you go, according to your n...

Monitor Your Habits And Your Progress

Tracking progress allows you to see timely where you need to improve. Bullet journaling can help through habit tracker inserts that enable a visual depiction of your progress. Alternatively use habit tracking apps. Do an end of month review to understand the progress you made and what you need to...

The goal of Kaizen Is Lifelong Improvement. Set your own Pace

The time required to pick up a new habit changes from person to person and from habit to habit (18 to 254 days). Everyone has its own pace, so respect your own. The beauty of kaizen is that it’s a flexible and personalized approach to lifelong change – adjust to what works for you. Stay aware of...

  • Ikigai: find your unique contribution, live longer
  • Ichigo Ichie: learn how to make the most of each moment and fulfill your Ikigai
  • Joy at work...

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Kaizen is Japanese for “change for the better” or “continuous improvement,” and the author explains this business philosophy that has expanded into the personal growth arena to give a clear pathway to reaching your goals through consistent incremental changes.



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