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Don't stop when you get a little bit of progress

It can be really tempting to ease up when you see some progress being made on an improvement project.

I see it time and time again; some progress is made, people feel good and momentum ceases.

Focusing on making as much progress as possible during a pre-allocated period of time is one way around this.

If you need to stretch your legs, pat yourself on the back and get a drink after a breakthrough then that's fine. But don't fool yourself that you can stop; use the progress made to fuel the next achievement.

Otherwise you will find the progress slows up again and that it is hard to get started once more.

Be disciplined and keep going and don't stop until you get the results you want.

Giles Johnston
Author of Business Process Re-Engineering