8 Examples for waste – an exercise

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Exercise 5: Write down everything in your day to day life that might be waste. Do not look back, focus on the present.

The following examples are somewhat stereotypes. I deliver them to you so that you can come up with more creative and individual types of waste:

  1. Watching TV
  2. Hours of browsing through the internet
  3. Spending a lot of money for lunch at work
  4. Drug addiction of any kind
  5. Commuting
  6. Doing repetitive work that could be done automatically by a machine
  7. Sitting in meetings
  8. Arguing with your spouse or children about minor matters

And so on. As you may see, a lot of these examples are not a direct opposite of what you define as your life’s value. Looking at our earlier goal of buying a house and the value of freedom: How much has that to do with watching TV, or with commuting?

Now, this is exactly the main idea of waste. The refined definition of waste in Lean Self is:

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