I admit it, I’m a process control geek. It all started in 1986 when I discovered W. Edwards Deming. In case you don’t know who he is, he’s the father of the process improvement and quality control movement. All of the strategies to take waste out of your process flowed from his thinking. This includes Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Agile thinking and The Theory of Constraints.

When I first discovered Deming I was thinking too big. I bet this is an issue you’ve had also. Thinking too big means we are trying to make changes that are huge. No one likes big changes and they’re almost impossible to implement. Instead, what if you thought about small changes. What if you thought about how those small changes can change your life. If you find that interesting, this video is for you.


I admit it, I’m a Process Control Geek, it all started in 1986 when i discovered W. Edwards Deming. In case you don’t know who he is, he’s the father of the Process Improvement and Quality Control Programs in the world. All the strategies take waste out of your processes, flowed from his thinking. This includes Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Agile Thinking in the Theory of Constraints.

You know, when i first discovered Deming, i was thinking too big. I bet this is an issue you’ve also had. You know thinking too big means we’re trying to make changes are huge. And no one likes big changes they’re almost impossible to implement.

If you actually can make them instead, what have you thought about small changes? What have you thought about how those small changes can change your life. If you find that interesting this video is for you. So let’s jump right in.

You know, when I had my vending company and I taught vending stories a lot but in my vending can be, we had route drivers they would go out and fill vending machines. And it would fill out between 25 and 30 machines. Today, when i first went down this road and i discovered Demio I was saying, what can we do to save 15 minutes per service. Now, 15 minutes per service would have been about five hours a day. That just wasn’t realistic thinking. Then we brought it down to five minutes per service. And again, too big. We kept whittling down and willingly down and whittlling down, we finally got to the point where we’re looking at 15 seconds savings. Now you might think 15 seconds isn’t worth very much, but take 15 seconds and multiply it times 25 times a day, that’s five minutes a day or 25 minutes a week, you can do the math and take it over a year turns out to hours. If I’m doing this on a consistent and regular basis. The whole point with process improvement, is small movements, small changes and a consistent basis.

You know, i still think this way. Even though I’m in the advice business and I’m no longer looking at vending machines, I have a lot of things I’m trying to accomplish that day. I probably get more done in four or five hours most people do in 10 hours. And the reason isn’t because I’m so great at it being fast at what I’m doing, is when I look at small changes I can make along the way. You know if I’m gonna spend $200 on a piece of software, i’m going to say if I can save, improve my processes by three hours or four hours or five hours a year, What’s that worth? Well, let’s just say my time is worth $200 an hour, it’s actually worth a lot more than that. But let’s say $200 an hour. And if i can say, five hours, that’s $1,000 with the time i’ve gotten back. It will cost me $200 to do that. Doesn’t that make sense to be thinking about how you can get small changes in your productivity, you keep putting on top and you stack it, you stack it and you stack it, and when you do this, over time you start noticing you have huge improvements on how fast you can do things. I just bought a second huge 27 inch screen for my computer system. Why? Because it’s going to save me about 15 or 20 minutes a day. Now for that 15 to 20 minutes a day, and I multiply that times 200 days a year, that’s about 50 hours worth of savings that’s a lot. Well, $50 worth of savings is worth a whole lot more than $1,000 i paid for the monitor. So I’m going to pay $1,000 for a monitor any day to save $10,000 with the time which is what that does.

So use a tool for it’s designed for. Don’t try to jury rig your tools, you just waste a lot more time. Buy the tool that’s the best for the solution you have, even though it costs you a little bit more.

So again, if you were able to save five hours a year, what’s that worth to you? What about 10 hours or 15 or 25 hours and then we start adding up and becoming huge when you start stacking your savings and stacking your improvements on top of them.

It’s the same thing we do with our Financial Planning Process. You know most financial planners you go in and you do a financial plan with them. It takes three or four or five weeks get your plan back. If you do a plan with us, it takes you three hours. We’ve taken an hour put the information in, and then you and i will spend an hour and a half for two hours together moving bars around to say, if we make these changes and we do this, here’s the financial result that you can expect. Now isn’t three hours better than three weeks? Was not only makes our customers happier with what they’re doing, and makes my time more efficient, and I’m spending much less time putting together a plan than the average planner does, and it’s a better plan. Why? Because the client is the one telling us what they want. We’re putting the client into the experts shoes. And that’s what he wants you to do.

So remember, it’s small changes that add up to big results.

So I’m curious as to what you think about focusing on just a few seconds of improving a day? Why don’t you let me know in the comments below.

And while you’re at it, get our Free eBook on Simplified Budgeting. This will save you way more than 15 seconds. It might even give you a roadmap, where your annual planning is actually used in Your company.

Hey, this is Josh Patrick, you’re at the Sustainable Business, thanks a lot for stopping by, i hope to see you back here really soon.

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