Kaizen and not creativity?

I had written on Kaizen white boards’ long back and I thought it’s a wonderful idea to bring improvement in the process we follow in our projects.

I was happy that we implemented the idea and utilized the whiteboards to

  • Track Individual performance by writing dashboard data on whiteboard
  • Write setbacks/challenges we face daily
  • Write the priorities we have for the day or for a week
  • Write continuous improvement plans as kaizen itself means Continuous improvement.

I do not follow any specific rules or methods to fill my whiteboard data. The format changes every week

I write almost all the things which I concentrate on. And I don’t think I should use a specific format for this

Recently I got an instruction from the manager and the audit team to following a specific template they have provided.

I’m against it. White board writing should be fun, creative, it should reflect your thought process in bringing the improvements

Hence I have reduced taking responsibilities on updating the board.

I think I should have the freedom to represent the thought process more creatively which will benefit me and my team and not just to satisfy some Audit team.

I write only the things which I concentrate on and do not wish to fill up too many stuffs just to satisfy the template they have provided and see my white board cluttered. NO I do not wish this

I do not support much of the work which stops the creativity within you

So what do you think of this folks?


There are times when we feel tired, bored, or even do not feel enthusiastic. We have different ways to overcome boredom.

  1. Increase the challenge in your work
  2. Take a break and have a cup of coffee.
  3. Listen to the music (plug in your earphones , otherwise a person sitting next you may do whatever it takes for him to get rid of u)
  4. Chat with your friends for a while (remember I said “FOR A WHILE” only)

So there is one more interesting thing I found who loves drawing and are artistic in nature You can do “Zentangles” Google it. Just keep drawing your own designs. Make circles, squares and all the geometrical figures you know and fill your own designs. zent2 you can also draw letters and fill these design patterns inside each alphabet Zent1 I keep doing this with pen and a paper. However, when I spoke to someone who is an expert is doing this I was suggested to use pigma micron pens and sketch books. There are couple of things which zentangles teaches us.

  1. Increases your creativity
  2. Turn mistakes into positives because there are no mistakes while doing these design patterns. Every mistake you do is a new design.

This is real fun . In addition, one more interesting thing is that we do not stop until we finish the pattern. so it teaches us to be focused on the work . PS:All images taken from Google . i would like you to try it and see how your design looks like I leave you with this beautiful quote

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci