The Inner Game of Lean and the Improvement Kata

On Christmas Even 2012, I pulled the plug and set out on a mission to lean my world to life; to clean up my messes and set my systems straight and create flow in my life.

It started as a commitment for a week and expanded into two. I realized it was a very big job, and I decided to give it a year.

That year isn’t over yet, but I am giving an update at MWCC lean conference this week. This is the PowerPoint. Enjoy!

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My Lean2Life First Trimester

Today is the first day in the second trimester of my Lean2Life Quest/experiment. December 24th 2012, Christmas Eve Day, was the first day of my year-long mission to restructure and redesign my life from the inside out. My goals were vague. My plan was to let a plan unfold. An important guiding principle was to stop starting and start finishing.

I knew I aspired to create space for grace, ease and flow in my life. I knew I aspired to be able to enjoy my weekends and evenings with the sense of completion. I knew I wanted to tend to neglected areas of my world, solve ongoing problems, and build strong foundations for future endeavors. I was struck by the dream theme Marion Woodmen shares: “Your hymns will never make it to heaven until you clean up the mess in your basement.” If she/you/I want to aim high, we need strong, stable foundations.

It’s hard to believe I’m a third through the process already. There is so much left to do that it’s easy to overlook what I’ve achieved so far. So I’m making a list.

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