Lean and agile business processes hold the key to excellence. Many businesses struggle to streamline their processes. They have a number of unnecessary protocols and processes that retard the business’s growth. If you are struggling to put your house in order, look to the KonMari concept for answers.

KonMari concept: An introduction

The KonMari concept was created by Marie Kondo, a Japanese consultant. The method focuses on helping homeowners declutter. The method is based on a simple principle; if an object in your house does not bring you joy, get rid of it. Kondo introduced the KonMari concept to the world through her bestseller in 2014. Since then, the concept’s popularity has skyrocketed.

People from around the world are using the concept to declutter and organize their homes. The question to ask here is that can the KonMari concept help project managers get one step closer to the ultimate goal of business excellence? The answer is yes. Here are some ideas inspired by the KonMari concept that project managers can use to streamline business processes

1. Get rid of things you no longer need

The KonMari concept revolves around this one central idea. By using things, ideas, and people you no longer use, you are blocking entry routes for fresh ideas, concepts, and new people. Discard old files, lead lists, unused programs, and excess email accounts and logins.

Get rid of old logos, unprofitable projects, and clients that aren’t a fit. Though killing a project that was once close to your heart is easier said than done, by getting rid of it you would be opening doors for new business opportunities. The exercise is no different than cleaning your closet. Just like you cannot fit in new things in a crowded closet before getting rid of unnecessary items, you have to get rid of unwanted things that are holding your business back.

2. Do the easiest things first

The KonMari concept stresses on doing the easiest things first. For homeowners, it could be sorting their clothes before sorting through their old photographs or memorabilia that have an emotional value attached to them. In business this transforms to identifying catalysts of innovation. Instead of focusing your attention on improving your processes, start by doing small things such as talking to your customers or brainstorming with your team to come up ideas to improve operations.

3. Be thankful

When discarding items and people, learn to say thanks. Just because you no longer need them, does not mean they never served a purpose. When you cut ties with a client, they may be surprised, however, if you handle the situation tactfully, they may become a source of future referrals. Plus, gratitude helps you stay positive and motivated through the ups and downs that come your way.