You use tools such as audit management at work for keeping your quality strategies on speed, but you may not have thought about using this highly effective tool to help you plan your personal sporting goals too. In today’s busy, often stressful world, finding time to get active is not too easy. But the benefits of setting and keeping fitness goals are huge – physically, emotionally and even mentally. In fact, it is not a total reach to believe that staying healthy and fit helps you at work as well as in every other area of your life. Active people are productive people, after all. If you have made it a point in your life to schedule time for whatever sport or activity gets you moving, you can put your active time to good use by setting audit management tasks that keep your goals on track simply and efficiently.
Audit Management in the Real World – Preparing for Sporting Events
Love to take part in runs, walks, cycle races, soccer or even yoga marathons? Trying to improve on your efforts so that you get the most success out of the limited time you have to devote to working out? Auditing may just be the answer you need to help you in real life much as it does in work life. Here are a few ways that setting auditing tasks will help you prepare for any type of race or sporting event…
- Scheduling your audit. Just like scheduling is vital when doing audits in the workplace, it is important to plan and schedule your sporting audit, too. This will help you set aside specific time in the week to review your resources, processes and strategies logically and clearly.
- Preparing for your audit. Your personal plan will outline what you need to prepare for your sporting event – whether it is a race, a tennis match between buddies or a beach volleyball tournament. You will need to know exactly what you need to have ready for review when the big day arrives. This basically amounts to defining what you will audit, the scope of the audit, key auditing areas and the what/where/when/who of the actual audit. This can include anything from the items you may need such as new running shoes to spare parts for your bike, a new water bottle, specific nutrition and whatever else you will need. Automating this will go a long way in making things easier – even if you have a simple template style form to simplify the process and link to your checklists.
- Checklists and questions. About a day before the big event, you can go through a checklist to ensure that you have everything you need to take with you to the race, game or whatever sporting event you have planned. This can be mental, but it is often easier to make a simple written list to refer to easily. You can also ask (and answer) questions relating to the upcoming event – seeing what is available and what needs to be obtained. In your business, having clearly defined audit questions and a checklist to refer to throughout the audit is essential to keep things on track. With an automated software tool of course, you can easily import these from a library of questions that has already been created. If and when specific questions come up during to the audit, it is also good to have the option to add adhoc items as well. Your personal sporting event audit can of course be a lot simpler.
- Controls and risk mitigation. Are there any unseen questions or situations that could lead to unforeseen consequences? Having controls in place to ensure that you have everything in place is important, and this will help keep risk down to a minimum. For example, an equipment control would comprise having a spare bicycle tire, bringing extra water, taking along extra thick socks in case of blisters or bringing a spare racket in case your old one breaks. Like the preparations you did before the event, these controls ensure that you are following your processes correctly. In businesses controls are linked to the audit in automated systems, along with risk management and analysis.
- Nonconformities and CAPA reports. You may be prone to forgetting things, and because it is all too easy to lose track of time when preparing for a race or game or other sporting day, you don’t want to take the chance of that forgetfulness causing problems. This is where you can review your audit – go through the checklists, questions and your basic controls and risk review, and check that you are fully prepared for just about any situation. If something is missing, you will need to take action right away to prevent or correct any issues. In the business world, CAPA reports and auditing reports help to ensure compliance – especially when you are able to link audit findings with corrective or preventative actions.
Once your audit is done, you will be all sorted and ready to roll. You may not be able to factor absolutely everything into account, but you will certainly be a lot more prepared than your competitors. And when it comes to the business world, this aspect of audit management is especially one worth remembering if you want to continue to get ahead in your quality goals.