How you do anything is how you do everything – Zen Master

I was reading an extract from David Kundtz’s book – Awakened Mind and on reading the above quote it got me thinking just how true that statement can be…

Kundtz uses the quote to explain that how you wash the dishes could give you an insight into what type of physician you might be, or how you make a bed would indicate how you would practice law. He went on to suggest that how an accountant keeps his home says something about how he will keep his books, or how a carpenter treats his tools says a lot about his work.

That got me thinking about one of the foundation stones to lean / continuous improvement and how disciplined you are to ‘5S’ (Being Organised) at home, at work, in life could provide a good indication to the type of person that you might be…

How you keep your desk area at work, your workstation, your tool box, your kitchen vs. your kitchen cupboard is an indication as to how you keep your mind…

Are you:

  • Clean / transparent / visible / organised
  • Does the exterior look clean and tidy and yet underneath things aren’t quite the same



Are you:

  • Cluttered
  • Allow things to pile up before ‘needing’ to take action



Your approach to 5S, or how you do 5S is how you do everything.

Being organised, whether it be in the workplace or at home, can support you in being more efficient with the time that you have available, which means that the result would be that you create more time to get on with things that you want to do but never have the time!

There is no excuse or reason why you aren’t organised – it is what you choose to be, and you have the ability to choose a different solution.

Being organised will definitely allow you to create more time in your lives – what is not to like about that when we often hear people saying there isn’t enough time in the day.

If you are running your own business, being organised and adopting a ‘5S’ discipline will help you become more efficient and effective = improved profitability.

If you run your own home, being organised and adopting a ‘5S’ discipline will give you time back, and if everyone adopts an organised approach it will improve relationships with other family members as everyone is working towards the same expectations..

The little things that frustrate could include:

  • Tupperware being put in the cupboard (or thrown in)
  • Pans being put away any old how – not ordered
  • Towels in the airing cupboard – you can’t find the hand / bath towels, or a set of the same coloured towels as they are all chucked in
  • Moving crockery from the dining room / living room after eating / drinking
  • Putting the bread away after making toast
  • Taking the clean laundry up that has been put on the stairs ready to go up
  • Putting dirty laundry in the laundry basket (instead of leaving it on the floor for someone else to pick up)

All of the above and many others that I am sure that you can think of are just some examples of where tensions can be increased as you can’t find what you are looking for in a timely manner, or you have to sort out things in order to get to the item that you want as it hasn’t been put back where it is easy to find or access.

I am a great believer that there is a solid reason for having 5S as a foundation stone in lean thinking and continuous improvement.

An organised approach will give you time and energy and get things completed against a plan; a disorganised approach – you often find time runs away with you, or you never know where” it has gone”, things often get started at the 11th hour (and not always finished), so as the Zen master said, “how you do anything is how you do everything

enapay can help you become more organised and more effective and increase your time so you achieve your goals. Get in touch to see how we can help.

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