MKOZAQ Engineer's Log

PDCA cycle in personal life

I’m trying to apply the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle in my personal life. Even if it is a method used in business for continuous improvement of the products and processes, it keeps me on track with personal goals.

The usefulness comes from the fact that it gives you a practical way of doing things. You analyse the current situation and make plans towards reaching your goal. You carry on the plan by doing things. After some time, you measure and check if what you do gets you closer to the goal. If not, you take action and adjust the plan with the new pieces of information. Restart the cycle.

Without having a method that forces me to check if what I do keeps me on track, I get lost in details. And that pushes me far away from reaching the goal.