Our local ASQ members have indicated an interest in speakers discussing quality of life, so I’m putting something together for next month. New year, new resolutions…
I like using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to discuss quality of life, but the HBR assessment categories crossover well.
- Health & Well-Being
- Enjoyment & Satisfaction
- Focus & Prioritization
- Meaning & Significance
I took the HBR assessment some time ago and had posted separately. There’s another from The Energy Project I haven’t taken yet. The GROW assessment includes 135 questions that outline your well-being in multiple areas. With an 18 page report and ongoing tracking capabilities, this one provides enough feedback for any quality geek to appreciate. “GROW uses the scientific literature to suggest best practice ways for you to develop wellbeing.”
Digging into the material further, there seemed to be a connection with the quality tools we’re already using at work. Starting with an assessment as noted above sure seemed familiar.
I’m attempting to collect as many uses of quality tools to improve quality of life as possible. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Brainstorm – What are your goals in 1yr, 5 yrs and your lifetime? Consider: Career, Financial, Education, Family, Attitude, Physical, etc.
- Audit yourself. Personal SWOT analysis is always a win.
- Use an affinity diagram to group brainstormed ideas or SWOT information… Focus on the 20%. Pareto always fits.
- Set SMART goals – Create calendar reminders to assess and improve as necessary.
- Use an app & or set calendar reminders to walk – Work up to 10,000 steps per day. This is more challenging than I thought.
- Flowchart your day or specific activity to identify areas of improvement.
- Use a Grid Analysis for important decision making. I’ve posted examples for selecting suppliers and use a group vacation planning example in my management class.
- Develop a personal mission statement – Hang it up. A friend of mine wrote it on her bathroom mirror.
- Use ISO 26000 as a guideline for personal social responsibility – Audit yourself. I did this recently and discussed it in Quality Progress.
- Use To-Do lists to manage time. Each day, identify activities that focus on both short and long-term action items. I’ve got a whole post of checklist resources here.
- Keep a food journal for a week. Use a spreadsheet to analyze the results. Have fun with bar charts and all kinds of fun tools.
- Track health data with wearable technology, such as Fitbit. Destroy the statistic from The Energy Project indicating “58% of people say there are significant gaps between what they say is important in their life and how they actually live.”
- Use Lifehacker’s Daily Personal Inventory Form to identify root causes.
3-to-1 ratio – Keep a daily list of 3 things your thankful for. “Research shows you’ll be more resilient to adversity and better able to achieve things.”
- Someone from the ASQ LinkedIn Group suggested 5 Why, which you could use anytime you need to consider all aspects of a situation and need to get to the root of a problem.
- Excellent TEDx on “The happy secret to better work.“
Additional LinkedIn ASQ Group comments include:
- “Root Cause Analysis of Quarrel between husband and wife by using Ishikawa diagram”
- “Quality of Life could be achieved / improved by numerous Quality Tools: beginning with subscribing to a quality standard, then devising your process life map, applying rules to live by, integrating PDCA, many forms of CAPA, and internal auditing to measure and adjust your effectiveness.”