improvement isn’t just for technology. Using Process Improvement to Improve Your Quality of Life

Using Process Improvement to Improve Your Quality of Life

December 10th, 2015 by admin

You may already be aware that adopting a process improvement plan can drastically increase your work efficiency. By implementing the right technology, you’re able to free up the time spent doing daily tasks, allowing you to get projects done faster and increase your output. But what about your personal life? Adopting a personal process improvement plan outside the office can also help you live a better, more fulfilling life.

What is the Goal of Process Improvement?

The first step in creating a plan is to understand what process improvement is meant to solve. What are things you wish you had more of in your life? More time spent with family? That MBA you’ve always dreamed of getting? Process Improvement plans are designed to eliminate unnecessary waste to improve your quality of life. In order to do this, there are four steps you’ll need to take: define your goals, develop solutions, implement those solutions, and maintain momentum. But first…

Identifying Waste

In order to understand how to eliminate it, we must first define what waste is. Waste comes in eight forms: • Excess transportation • Excess inventory • Unnecessary waiting • Excess motion • Overproduction • Over processing • Too many defects • Untapped potential or creativity Many people spend hours out of their day sitting in traffic commuting to and from work or school, walking to and from different destinations, or stuck in a job that stifles their potential. For example, let’s say you work in city A and live in city B. Every morning, you get up, pick out your clothes, prepare your lunch, and sit in bumper to bumper traffic to get to work. You spend your work day moving from your office to the printer and back to your office. After work, you drive to your gym in city C to get a quick workout in before sitting in bumper to bumper traffic heading home. Upon your arrival home, you’re exhausted. Yet you still have to spend quality time with your family before you hit the hay and start the process all over again the next day.

Making Small Changes Drastically Affects Your Quality of Life

So how can you implement process improvement in your personal life so you have more time with your loved ones or to take those college courses you want to take? Lay out your daily schedule and create solutions on how to solve each action that creates waste. Start prepping your next days clothes the night before. Prepare your week’s meals on the weekend so they’ll already be made for the week. Feel like you’re spending too much time in traffic? Try leaving earlier to avoid it. Tired of walking to and from the printer at work? Invest in a personal printer for your office or switch up the furniture (if your company allows) to reduce the time spent walking all over the place. Switch your gym membership to one closer to your home or office and instead of working out after work, start hitting the gym at lunch. Along with the process improvement that technology can provide in your workplace, you might even be able to leave earlier and avoid the rush hour traffic home, giving you more time for you to take that class or spend with your family.

Keep it Up

The most important part to remember in maintaining an efficient life through process improvement is to keep it up! It’s very easy to become lax in your plan. Maybe you’re too tired to go to the gym at lunch or are comfortable in your old ways. Keep your focus on your goal and work the plan. And for process improvement in your business? That’s easy. IPro Media can help find inefficiencies in your network infrastructure and create a plan you can stick to!

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