Processes: A way of living

Sofka Blog
By Miguel Castrillón

When we talk about processes, we usually think of the ones that take place within companies, particularly those related to manufacturing and tangible end products. However, processes extend far beyond this realm, and if we open our eyes, we can identify them in our everyday lives. But how does this happen?

Every day, we face a variety of activities and commitments, ranging from getting ready for work to running personal errands. We often overlook the importance of approaching our daily routines in a more efficient way. 

That’s why today, we’ll discuss what a process is and why it’s so crucial. Although there are various definitions by different authors, we’ll simplify it as planned activities that involve the participation of tangible and intangible resources, which we coordinate to achieve a goal.

This definition allows us to relate processes to all the activities we perform on a daily basis, some of which we do without even thinking twice, whether at home, the office, university, or with friends. This highlights the importance of identifying, analyzing, and improving the processes we use in our daily lives, and furthermore, striving for continuous improvement by monitoring these steps and making necessary adjustments.

So, how do we go about implementing this?

Let’s start by identifying it and then delve into its timeline:

Identifying the process begins with understanding our daily tasks and activities. For example, how do we organize our clothes in the closet? How do we keep track of our shoes? How do we manage our weekly schedule? By doing so, we are simply getting to know our routines.

When we analyze the processes, we seek to understand the time invested and why certain activities are carried out. We’ll often be surprised by the results!

Finally, we move on to improving the processes. After analyzing them, the next step is to implement the improvements we deem necessary. As an example, if we realize that we spend a lot of time trying to find the right shirt to match our pants, we can start organizing our shirts by color, along with our pants. Another example may be with shoes, which often get lost in the black hole of the closet; we can organize them by type of shoe. By making these improvements, we’ll save time and make our daily tasks easier and more productive.

Now, let’s move on to monitoring the processes. It’s not enough to make these changes and sustain them for a week or two; the key to processes lies in constant monitoring and sustaining them. This way, we can identify additional improvements and ensure that our tasks continue to be easy and productive.

Processes are an essential part of our daily lives and can make a significant difference in our productivity and well-being. It’s not just a topic that belongs exclusively to big companies; we too can apply the identification, analysis, and improvement of processes to deliver results that add value to our operations, regardless of the type of business or economic activity.

In conclusion, the optimization of processes is something that we can all live by, and it allows us to achieve significant impacts not just in industry, but through small changes in our everyday lives.

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