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:
- Watching TV
- Hours of browsing through the internet
- Spending a lot of money for lunch at work
- Drug addiction of any kind
- Doing repetitive work that could be done automatically by a machine
- Sitting in meetings
- 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: