I have been beating myself up lately, upset that I have to work full-time, pissed that my business ventures haven’t taken off fast enough to replace my income, frustrated that I spend most of my time on the computer. Most days I am rushing my kids to bed so I can get some work done. Before you give me the worst mother of year award, I already feel like that.
It’s all for a greater good I tell myself. I’m doing it for them I repeat over and over again in my head. I know that I am missing out on something.
I remind myself that it takes more time than I am allowing be a successful entrepreneur. But still it makes me upset and I often through myself pity parties. Why isn’t anything going the way I want it to?
The feeling comes and goes, like today’s stock market, I have bad days and I have good days. Today, well I’m somewhere in the middle.
That is until I read an article on Smashing Magazine, completely unrelated to what I was feeling but it applies and I’ll explain how.
First I should say if you are a web designer or even have a website you should read the article Strategic Design: 6 Steps for Building Successful Websites
In the article Dmitry Fadeyev mentions a Japanese philosophy called “Kaizen,” which focuses on continuous improvement using small steps. Something my husband has been preaching to me for as long as I can remember. You can’t do everything at once so take small steps. What’s the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
But I’m in a hurry.
So today and going forward I am going to try using the philosophy of “Kaizen” to build my business ventures. After all I operate on the internet. I can always make improvements to my online baby boutique and if I find a spelling error on my blog I can change it in not time. I have no print deadlines I don’t have a brick and mortar store front. I can make changes almost with a snap of my finger.
Obviously I’m just scratching the surface of Kaizen, if you want to learn more check out this business process, check out the Quick and Easy Kaizen.
Here’s how I can see it fitting into my business model.
1. Identify the problem
2. Develop an improvement idea
3. Implement the idea
4. Recognize accomplishments
I have a slew of ideas that I would like to implement. If I think small and update frequently I bet I can get to them all. There never has to be a final version.