“The Key To Every Organization is Organization” – Rich Gorman
When was the last time you went through your closet to pick out an outfit and thought to yourself:
- Can’t wear that shirt, it’s too small.
- That one won’t work, it has a stain on it.
- Maybe this will work, although it’s a little outdated.
Yesterday I found myself at an impasse. For the past few weeks I’ve worn a variation of just a few outfits. It’s worked well except now it’s finally warm enough to wear polos. And that was the problem. All of my polos were either antiquated, stained, or too small. Does anybody remember Bugle Boy or Stussy? LOL, I’m not even gonna go there!
So I finally did it. I went through my closet and pulled every single piece of clothing that was suspect. Six trash bags later, I realized that my elaborate wardrobe was merely a few nice outfits. You wouldn’t believe some of the clothes I pulled – stuff dating all the way back to freshman year in high school!!!
At any rate, my fiance and I headed over to the King Of Prussia mall and spent a few thousand bucks on new clothes. The end result: a fully optimized closet. I’ll save a few minutes every morning easily identifying an outfit for the day. That means my life is just a little more optimized and efficient today than it was yesterday.
Which brings me to the point of this post. It’s the little things in life that add up, not the big things. Try adding up all of the little expenses you’ve had in the past month. You’ll find that they add up to more than big expenses like car payments or mortgages.
How can you cut back on wasteful activities/expenses while simulatneously improve your efficiency/bottom line?
Easy: Six Sigma Your Life!
Six Sigma is a business management strategy originally developed by Motorola, USA in 1986. As of 2011, it is widely used in many sectors of business, although its use is not without controversy. i.e. A lot of bonehead union workers in Detroit lost their jobs to machines. These machines handled the processes more efficiently and didn’t have the ability to file workers compensation claims. Hence workers lost became obsolete.
Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization (“Black Belts”, “Green Belts”, etc.) who are experts in these methods.
Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).
Advertisers use Six Sigma all the time. We identify areas to cut costs, from fulfillment to manufacturing. At the same time we optimize campaigns. i.e. One of our clients setup fulfillments centers in France for his teeth whitening campaign. French traffic costs a few dollars to convert and has a very high retention rate. By fulfilling in France his shipping costs are reduced by 40%. French customers receive their whiteners within 3 days vs. 7-10 days via US international shipping. Refunds and chargebacks are reduced. End results: Lower Costs and Higher Profits.
You can apply Six Sigma principles to every aspect of your life. The end goal is to make more money and have more time via efficiency. I work with Webmation on all of our business systemizations. Their group has turnkeyed my entire operation while dramatically improving my bottom line. Are you applying Six Sigma to your life?
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