5 days of S-mas: Sustain

Our final “S” is “Sustain!”  In a machine shop this is generally implemented in the form of reviewing how the other 4 “S”s are functioning within the shop, determining if they can be improved, and developing a process to do so.  The idea is to maintain and improve upon the positive changes that have already been put into place with the 5S process. For our purposes, this means reviewing how …

5 days of S-mas: Standardize

Today’s aspect of 5S is “Standarize”.  This step is key in a manufacturing setting, as it allows for the organization in “Sort”, the rearrangements in “Straighten”, and the cleanliness of “Shine” to be easier to maintain by implementing efficient, repeatable procedures.  The same is true for our purposes with mental engineering, as our newly established positive outlooks will be easier to maintain if we’re able to streamline our thinking, rather …

5 days of S-mas: Shine

The 5S step we’ll be discussing today is “Shine.”  Compared to “Sort” and “Straighten”, this step is relatively simple, but very important!  In manufacturing, this step ensures that work spaces are clean, well-lit, and generally pleasant to be in.  For our purposes some of the cleaning took place in previous steps, so today we’ll explore ways to minimize distractions, give yourself a rosy outlook, and generally make your mind a place …

5 days of S-mas: Straighten

The 5S attribute we’ll be discussing today is “Straighten.”  Yesterday we discussed how to sort through your thoughts and perceptions to identify which ones are helping you, and which ones are holding you back.  Today we’ll be exploring how to best put that sorting effort to use. An alternative translation for “Straighten” in 5S is “Set-In-Place”, because this step is all about finding places for tools and other necessary items …

5 Days of S-mas: Sort

Welcome to the first day of S-mas everyone!  Throughout this week we’ll be examining how to apply 5S methodology to your mental life, to become more efficient, happy, and peaceful no matter what you’re faced with.  Just in time for the craziness of the holidays too 🙂  Today’s “S” is “Sort”, so let’s get started! The “Sort” step in a factory setting would usually involve taking inventory, grouping things by …

5S For Your Mind: How to Improve Your Thinking

If you woke up tomorrow really wanting to improve your life, how would you do it? You’d probably do something like start working out, or call a friend to meet for lunch, or sign up for a training at work.  Getting some exercising would improve your health, spending time with friends and family would increase happiness, and working on your career would help you make more money.  It’s always good to try to optimize …