Monday, July 27, 2020

The 5 Ss

In the book 2 Second Lean by Paul A. Akers (a free book), he talks about the 5 Ss.

The 5 Ss are:
  • Sort
  • Straighten
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain
Sort – Get rid of junk

Straighten - Prioritize and Organize

Shine – Cleanliness helps morale

Standardize – everyone understands what to expect and what is expected of them

Sustain – find ways to keep changes in place.

I am trying to follow this process in my office. I have separated my office into zones and finished sorting and straightening 2 of the 4 zones. I didn’t realize how much junk I really have.

I want to save everything because I might need it. I have files and files of paperwork and after going through it all, I realize that most of it is outdated. I had papers from students from 10 -15 years ago. Now, it is easy to scan it all on keep a digital copy of it. This takes a lot less room than the actual paper.

Once it is organized, it will be easier to clean.

Since I’m the only one who uses my office, it will be easy to standardize.

I think sustaining this process is going to be hard for me. I only have myself to blame if it doesn’t happen.

I think students have this same problem beginning with their backpacks. Everything gets stuffed into a backpack. No wonder that many can’t find their homework! Teachers need to teach students a way to do the 5 Ss with students. I think this would help them be more successful in the classroom.

Do you follow the 5 Ss? If so, please share.

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