Merriam-Webster defines process as a series of actions or operations leading to an end. Whether we are aware of it or not, process is there for us every day helping us to be successful in each task we undertake.
To get a better feel for how widespread processes are in our lives I googled the phrase “Why is process necessary?” WOW! There were more than a dozen different areas represented in just the first few pages of search returns, ranging from things as complex as environmental assessment and medical research to things as seemingly simple as haircuts.
If you stop and think about it, we even use process when getting dressed in the morning. Let’s face it, you don’t ever put your slacks on before your underpants, right? It’s a process, you know!
But is process necessary? We could bumble our way through life by trial and error. Eventually we’d get our underpants on before our slacks. But wait! Isn’t trial an error a process in itself? And to what does trial and error lead? It leads to the process of elimination whereby we eliminate the impractical in favor of the more practical. ANOTHER PROCESS!!
Processes are part of our natural existence. They are sets of unifying principles operating in all systems. Most importantly, processes are tools at our disposal. They make life simpler.
Stay tuned for my next post, which will explain why I was thinking about process in the first place!