I was wondering why JP tells us every time when we work in groups to remove all the stuff from the table. I must confess that the first time he told us to change the layout of the class, although I thought that was a good idea, I also thought that was an unnecessary step. Moreover, I always thought that we don’t need to remove our stuff from the table in order to become more creative and effective or efficient. But now, my point of view have changed since I have recently joined to a new workplace I realised how important is to have all my stuff organised in order to be more productive.
I would like to introduce the 5’s methodology, which I believe we all already know. 5’s methodoilogy is composed of 5 Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. Its word in English are: Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. It aims to create and maintain a clean, orderly pleasant work environment in order to facilitate the daily work which follows the productivity and the efficiency.
The theory says that “Dirty, cluttered, or damaged surfaces attract the eye, which spends a fraction of a second trying to pull useful information from them every time we glance past. Old equipment hides the new equipment from the eye and forces people to ask which to use” (Ward, Allen (March 2014)).
In conclusion, it is obvious that we all apply automatically parts of this method in our daily life, but if we force a bit ourselves and applying all these steps we would become more useful in our companies and become more successful in our daily life. Sometimes the simple tips are the useful ones.
Ps: I leave you this short but interesting video explaining in a practic way step by step how to apply 5s methodology. Hope you enjoy!