What is Quality?
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Quality is…. Well, let’s take a look at what the dictionary says.
- an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute:the chemical qualities of alcohol.
- character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:the quality of a sound.
- character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence: food of poor quality; silks of fine quality.
- high grade; superiority; excellence:wood grain of quality.
- of or having superior quality:quality paper.
- producing or providing products or services of high quality or merit:a quality publisher.
- Level of excellence.
- A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.
- High social position.
- The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.
- A two-phase liquid–vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.
- The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.
- To identify quality try asking, “what does it feel like?”.
Or it is the degree in which you view the item in question. It’s your belief and understanding of how acceptable the product, or item you’re creating, purchasing or looking at is.
Depending on what you’re looking at, what you purchased, or item you’re examining, the aspects of quality could be different. So let’s look at a few things and see what I could find on quality for each of them.
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To identify the quality of life you must look at what’s happening in each area of your life. Determine what you want from that area and move forward to decide if the quality is where you would like it to be or if something needs to change to gain the quality you’re looking for.
Are you healthy and making good choices, or are you always eating out and sitting on the couch when you get home? Is what you are doing now how you pictured yourself being? What you really want to be doing? Let me tell you there are days I would love to just hang out on the couch, but right now I don’t like the way I look so I work out every day. It’s been 46 days straight, which may not seem like much, but it’s a milestone for me!
Making good decisions is part of daily life and we have to live with those choices we make, whether it’s the decision to exercise or skip that candy bar that’s calling our name at the store check out. Sneaky store marketing, putting candy right where you have to wait to purchase your items. It’s just screaming for your to purchase it!
Anyway, keeping healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Do what you feel is right and what makes you happy, just don’t over due it. I have actually started putting my candies in their serving sizes and have gotten down to having a serving every few days when I would have eaten a 16oz bag of dark chocolate covered peanuts in one sitting. Now I can’t believe I ever did that.
As with health and fitness, you need to decide if what you are doing right now with your life is satisfying. If it’s not, you may want to re-evaluate what you are doing and what you could be doing.
People always tell you to do what you love and sometimes what you love is just out of reach or put on the back burner. Fortunately, I am doing what I love, but if you are not, I urge you to got after it. Now, I am in no way telling you to quit your job or anything. I’m just saying it may be it’s time to take that first step toward that goal or thing you’ve always wanted to do. Go ahead, take that first step, you may find the next one isn’t that hard to reach. I did!
Safety & Security
One of the things we as humans want is to be safe and secure in our lives. To be able to do what we desire or what we need without hinderance of anything else getting in the way.
Though things happen that are out of our control, there are things we can do to create a safer and more secure environment. Your life is yours to protect, do what you can to keep it as safe as possible.
Learning is said to happen daily and I completely agree with that. Though you may not realize that you learned anything, I bet if you really think about it, you probably learned something new even if it is small.
Education comes in many forms whether you are going to a school or learning on your own. It’s natural to want to know more about what interests you (or to fix that thing you don’t want to have someone else come to fix. Who doesn’t want to save a few bucks, right?)
Education is a deep part of life as we continue to learn and grow in what we love or what we need as we progress along the path we’ve chosen. Make sure you’ve chosen the right one.
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The quality of your home involves on what goes on inside the walls and beyond the windows. It’s involves memories, joy, and times of happiness that create what the home really is.
Family is where the home is, really, isn’t it? There really isn’t a home without the feeling of family, friends, and a place to come home to each night that gives you the feeling of peace and security.
The home is where the most important parts of your life happen. Memories are made with family and friends in a place that provides a safe haven for you and yours.
The quality of the home is what you believe the home is really about. Is it about walls and windows or is it about those who are there with you, living life and spending their time with you?
Safety & Security
How do you put quality on safety and security? Is it an alarm system that alerts those of intruders or is it having the basic things needed to live life?
Though each one of us have our own opinions on the subject, we all agree that a home provide a sense of safety and security in itself.
There are those that believe carrying firearms, having those alarms, and learning basic self defense are also part of safety and security, but if you really think on the subject, what is the most important when it comes to security and safety?
That is something you need to decide for yourself.
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This could be a hard discussion because of how you perceive the value of your work or business. Is it something that you’re just doing to pay bills and get by or are you invested into what you do, enjoying every minute?
As I mentioned earlier, you should love what you do, but if you don’t how do you find quality in something you hate? Well, for me, it has to deal with everything that isn’t me. It’s something you need to evaluate and talk though as you work toward the goal that set you on that path in the first place.
Why are you doing something you don’t like? And if you do like it, how can you get more out of it? How can you make it even better? What is it about your work that you dislike? Is it something you can change? Sometimes you can change it, while other times you have to deal with what’s given, but you can always change how you think about it.
Is work something you bring home with you? What I mean is, if you’ve had a really awful day, does it leak into that place of family, safety and security you’ve created? How can you leave work at work? It’s hard to shut off your working mindset when you return from a rough day or even a fantastic day, but sometimes that is what you need to do in order to create the quality of work you need in your life. Do what you can, work to make things better and keep your work at work.
Your business like anything else is your pride and joy. It’s something you strive to make better for you customers. So, what is it about your business that brings people in? Quality! The quality of products, the quality of services and what meets their needs that you can provide.
What to Think About
Your definition of quality and what it means for your business as a whole. What things do you want to be known for within your business that makes consumers want to purchase your product once they hear about it?
Your targets and achievements to accomplish as your business grows.
Things to Ask
How will you measure quality? Quality of the product, the service, performance, stability, efficiency, etc? There are many aspects of a business that involves quality and what you feel is necessary to measure within the aspects of a great product or service. This may be the time to really sit and think about how quality affects your business and what you can do to improve on it.
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Time, that ever present entity that seems to slip away from us as the day wears on, but how do you measure the quality of time. Is it the amount of time you spend in each area of your life or the meaning of time as it’s related to each area of life?
Time is tricky and finding quality within it is even more so. We talk about time and quality as it relates to business and how we can be more productive with our time or with our family and how we can spend more ‘quality time’ with them, but what does ‘quality time’ really mean?
Time, like a clock, can be a spread of hours and minutes, but it’s what you do with and how you use those hours and minutes that count.
Productivity only gets better if you work hard to create a schedule that fits you and those around you. You want to spend more quality time in your business, then be sure you’re focusing on the things that will progress your business. Leave the things that won’t or have little affect on the back burner until you are truly ready to give them the attention that they need.
Family is another place where we are always trying to provide the quality of time. Are you spending time as a family or are you ‘spending time as a family’? If your together in the same room, but everyone is doing their own thing or on their phones, playing the latest app, does that really count as quality time? What are you children doing in school, what are their interests now (they do change), what about your spouse? Do you really spend ‘time’ with them? or are you telling yourself that you are?
Find the time to really sit down and put the ‘quality’ back into ‘quality time.’
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Now, onto the thing that we all love (and sometimes hate), writing. Since this blog deals with writing, couldn’t possibly leave this out, right?
So, how can we tell the quality of our writing? It’s difficult to read your own writing and really see it as a consumer, to see the quality of the words, characters, and journey through the eyes of the reader, which is why we have beta readers, alpha readers and so on.
But if you’re looking to find a quick list of things to aim for in terms of quality in your writing I’ve compiled a list for you below. Enjoy.
- Spelling – Darn that autocorrect, how I have a love/hate relationship with that thing. You never know when it will change your words even when you don’t intend to.
- Punctuation – Do I use a comma, semi-colon, or colon here? Those have always given me a problem.
- Consistency – Keep with the story, characters, settings as your novel progresses. Readers can pick out when something goes amiss.
- Readability/Flow – No one likes a choppy story
- Tone – keep with the same tone throughout unless it’s absolutely necessary to change in the middle.
- Enjoyable topics – Readers all have different opinions, but you should have an idea of what your readers like so you can appeal to their interest and imaginations as you write.
Quality can deal with many things, but it’s how you perceive the thing in question that really counts. Find the quality and you will find the better in you and your business.