Changes for 2016! (a belated “New Year’s Resolutions” post)

Hello again, long time no talk ūüôā Though it’s taken a while to announce it, I’ve been planning some exciting new things for 2016 for the past couple of months. ¬†The most notable feature will be “Three Questions”, an interview series with some of the coolest people I know! ¬†I’ll be featuring a new person each month, so keep an eye on the newsletter for announcements. ¬†Additionally, I’ll be launching …

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 ūüôā ¬†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 …