I Wish I Were Far From the Madding Crowd

March 6, 2010

Small steps, part 2

Going back to my previous post, “Small steps,” on One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, one of the things he recommends is keeping a journal.  He says that psychological research shows that writing 15 to 20 minutes a day in a journal can be psychologically beneficial for a lot of people.

But in keeping with the kaizen approach, he recommends starting out writing two minutes a day.  Or just writing three sentences.  So, after the last longish post, I thought I’d quickly just write up a short one.

In addition to the chapters I mentioned previously, he identifies the following as a way to continue, “Solve small problems,” “Bestow small rewards,” and “Identify small moments.”

Maurer offers kaizen tips, a kaizen approach to New Year’s resolutions (exercise, eating more healthfully, and so forth), using kaizen to beat bad habits or addictions.  Note: Kaizen may not work for everyone.  And Maurer doesn’t oppose innovation, and based on his background (at the time the book was published he an associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine) I’m pretty confident that he would recommend seeking professional help if your problem is more serious.  He uses examples of people who were given orders by their doctors, but were finding it difficult to follow those until they started taking small steps.

And if you don’t know where to start?  Maurer suggests using kaizen techniques to figure out what your first small steps will be.

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