Implementing Kaizen into my writing process

I just wrote my first Medium post today, and I’m not happy with how it turned out.

It’s not because I don’t think it’s a valuable post with some insight: rather it’s because I’m frustrated at the process that actually writing it took. What started off as an idea that I knew concretely in my head turned into a lengthy process of re-writes and a lot of deleted words.

For a 800 word article or so, I ended up writing more than 3000 words and taking an entire week to write and trim down. A lot of this feels like ‘waste’ that either veered away from my initial intent or were weak arguments to make.

This is a process that has plagued both my casual and academic writing, and so this is a social accountability post for myself to both learn about ‘kaizen’ and try and implement this into my writing.

Why kaizen? Well, it’s close to my name after all (A close English translation of my name is kaijzen). But also, I feel like the spotting and eliminating waste part of the philosophy is something that I need the most. I often develop ideas to a conclusion often before deciding whether or not this is a good idea.

I’ll check back in on myself 1 month from this date to see if I’ve made any improvements. Here’s hoping I do.

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UX Designer and Data Visualization Enthusiast. Creator of two online courses on design communication and UX research planning: https://tinyurl.com/y5m2j42v

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