Kaizen is a system for introducing process improvements. But the most important thing is to use these systems to make your life easier. You can use them to pump out more work, and that’s a good thing, but remember that the whole purpose is so that you don’t have to work those twelve-hour Fridays.
Organization systems are there to remove hair-tearing and nail-biting and rushed deadlines. They don’t have to become a way of life, like that guy sitting next to you who sanitizes his own phone handset with industrial disinfectant before and after he’s using it, the one who has different color-coded file totes for each day of the week. He worships that stuff. Those totes aren’t just totes, they’re totems. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Make your improvements small and gentle and you’ll stick with them.