Thursday, June 14, 2012

Continuous Improvement

There are no shortcuts to success.  All it takes is a commitment to improve the little things you do every day.  It helps to ask for feedback.  Others may spot areas you can improve to turn your "A" game into an "A+" game.  Here are some ideas to help you improve in any area of your life:

  1. Recognize the significance of the details.  Ask yourself, "is this the best way to get the job done or should I try something new?"
  2. Find ways to save time.  The easiest way to do this is to experiment.  Don't be afraid to experiment.  If you can find a way to do something more efficiently, you will have more free time for other areas of your life.
  3. Keep track of how you spend your time.  The best way to improve is to eliminate activities that distract you from your priorities.  Cut out the time wasters.
  4. Small changes make big changes possible.  Start small and stay disciplined.  Be patient.  Continuous improvement takes time.
  5. Promise yourself to make continuous improvement a lifestyle rather than something you try for two or three weeks.
It's a good idea to write down all the areas of your life that need improvement.  Break down your goals into bite-sized morsals.  This will make it easier to stick to a schedule of continuous improvement.  Written goals are like road maps.  You know where to go and how long it will take you to get there.

Would you like to share how you practice continuous improvement in your life?  Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.

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