5S Your Life

5S Your Life

​Have you ever been in a situation where things around you just seemed so out of place, so disorganized? Well…I guess we all have been there, maybe once or twice. If only we knew what to do to get ourselves out of those situations. 

So the question is… What is 5S? 

5S in the general sense, is a lean manufacturing tool designed to improve workplace efficiency through facility wide organization and cleanliness. Simply put, when you come to work, you want to see everything put where it is supposed to be for easy location and you also want to see the place clean and conducive for business, thereby enhancing efficiency and reducing costs.

What are the 5Ses? 

Sort: The stage where you remove unnecessary items from the work area. You clearly distinguish what is needed, what should be kept, and what should be thrown out.

Set in order: Where you organize the necessary things making it easier for anyone to find them and use them. You keep the important things nearby and implement visual organization. 

Shine: The stage where you clean the work area, equipment and tools regularly. 

Standardize: Create a consistent 5S workflow. Assign tasks and create schedules so that everyone knows their responsibilities. 

 Finally, 

Sustain: Where you ensure that 5S is a long-tem goal. Analyze results, hold team meetings and train workers on the importance of 5S.

What’s the essence of all these? 

If 5S can be applied to the workplace for greater efficiency and gain, why can’t it be applied to our lives? It definitely can..and it should. 

  • Sort out things in your life, habits, friends, thoughts, goals, even foods, and then determine which is necessary for your long term growth and those that don’t fall in this list, you should discard…immediately. 
  • Set in order your thoughts and goals. Place them in order of priorities and then begin to take action. 
  • Shine and clean up negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. This could take time, but trust me…it’s worth it. Remember that a clean place is safer and more productive.
  • Standardize these acts. Create a consistent plan to see that you  go through with the 5S for your life. And finally, 
  • Sustain these acts. If it’s possible, get an accountability partner, get a mentor. Read books, educate yourself, make a decision that your life will continue to get better and better.


There’s a saying…Personal development is 99% personal. So, take matters in your own hands and 5S your life for greater productivity. Make 5S a habit, because habits keep you going. And good ones would see you all the way through. 

Remain blessed.

Written by Ebuka Obiajulu 
Ebuka Obiajulu is a Mechanical Engineering graduate, a Project Manager at Ticon and currently works as a trainee engineer at Nigerian Bottling Company. He is also a graphics designer: wedding cards… logos… fliers… catalog designs. He enjoys art, playing basketball and reading. He reads for personal development; motivational,philosophical books and wants to learn how to cook!

Introvert-Extrovert Excellence

Introvert-Extrovert Excellence

​I’m an introvert and growin’ up, sometimes I wished that I was the outgoing, confident type. The need grew more pronounced in my undergraduate days as I was surrounded with all sorts of confident, bold personalities. I wanted to be more, because I thought that in order to make an impact on the world, I needed a big, outgoin’ personality.
Somewhere along the way too, people told me (not in these exact words) that I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough, creative enough, crafty enough, intelligent enough. I was compared to just anybody who appeared better and I could not be more overwhelmed with my insufficiency as it were. Was I goin’ to end up a failure? Will I be a never-do-well? These questions that I tortured myself with were suffocating in their own right.
As I grew, I dedicated myself to strippin’ the layers of inadequacy, one by one and embracin’ a new pace of life: to be patient with myself. This journey was slow, messy and I struggled with workin’ on the weaknesses of my temperaments. But then, one day, it was like somethin’ finally clicked into place and I realized I didn’t need to be outgoing, be a social butterfly or the constant centre of attention to excel in my chosen field (although I still think those personality types certainly make it easier at times!)🙈


You see, bein’ quiet is not a weakness. Just like bein’ confident doesn’t mean that you’re always goin’ to be an outgoin’ person who has all the answers all the time.

With this understanding, all I now strive and daily want to be is the kind of person who knows when to speak and when to listen. The kind who turns the other cheek instead of engagin’ in an argument just to prove a point. The kind who no matter what comes her way remains at peace. The kind who has a calm that makes others feel at ease in her presence. The kind of woman who is secure in her looks, talents and callings. The kind of person who doesn’t feel the pressure to always be the centre of attention or seek the approval of the world and all around her. The kind who has a quiet confidence deep within.

If you’re goin’ to excel at all, you have to first believe that you have all it takes, regardless of whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. That at that moment in time, you are enough just as you are, with all that you have and all you think you lack personality-wise.

Written by Oyiwodu

Oyiwodu is writer at Havilah: The Bloomfield. She’s a first child with a happy handful of four belles. She holds degrees in French, International History & Diplomacy. Though not a life-coach or expert on life matters, growing up in a Christian home exposed her to the struggles of young Christians and the pull of the world on their hearts. Through her writings, she desires to inspire her generation and the next to live purpose-intended lives, with the realization that each one is remarkable and lavishly loved by the good good Father.

Mature – meter (1)

Mature – meter (1)

​Maturity is not a thing of number. Bad English. Maturity is not a function of age, size, education or social status. Rather, it is a product of one’s mind and it is shown by the quality of actions and decisions that a person makes. 

Here are a few indicators of whether an #exceller is becoming mature as (s)he also grows in age and status. Trust me, these are real character goals. 

1. RECOGNIZING YOUR BOSSES AND BEING LOYAL TO THEM 

Ironical, but on point. The more mature you are, the more you acknowledge that you must answer to some people. A mature person respects authority. There is safety in multitude of counsels and a wise man rejoices at correction and discipline. You may not necessarily do all that the bosses say but never leave them in doubt that you honour them. Jesus honoured God (Philippians 2:5) and the government (Matthew 22:21). But guess what? Respect is reciprocal. 


2. NOT A SLAVE TO OTHERS’ OPINION OF YOU

A mature person owns his or her life and depends on God’s help to make sound decisions as (s)he moves forward in life. They are also ready to live by the consequences of their actions. So, although they listen to counsels, they know where lines should be drawn and they take responsibility. Men had bad opinions about Jesus too (Matthew 9:34). Although an opinion of you may be sour initially, truth always prevails in the end. Every exceller thrives in this hope. 


3. BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHER PEOPLE TOO

Mature people are NOT self centered. Any night I check through my activities for the day and see no thing that I did for another person (something that I will not benefit from directly), I say to myself, “Girl, that was real immature”. One mark of maturity is thinking about others’ welfare and sometimes sacrificing to help it. Man by nature is self centered. You must deliberately include others, like Jesus did (Mark 6:37). An excellent person knows that real joy is shared joy. 


May God help us to achieve these goals and many more. Does any other maturity indicator come to your mind? Please tell us about it. In the meantime, keep maturing, keep excelling. We love you mucho, dear reader-friend.