Kaizen (改善), is the Japanese word for “improvement.” And the Kaizen Effect is the idea of getting 1% better everyday. Another way to look at it is “No Zero Days,” which is saying that every day you do at least one thing everyday to advance your goals.
And to alter a Bill Gates quote:
Most people overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year.
A one percent improvement every day will compound to amazing results in a year. Even, or perhaps more importantly, establishing the habit of thinking of improvements and consistently working towards your goal every day will do more to advance your goals than working for hours intermittently.
In this spirit, every week I will put up a suggestion on a 1% improvement you can make.
And in honor of my book reviews, which I started this week, and which will become an ongoing weekly feature:
Pick a book that you want to read, borrow it from the library (or take it off your bookshelf) and read 1 page every day this week.
What book will you start this week?