8 Deadly Wastes

Stewardship is more than making good decisions, not spending unnecessary funds, and managing your resources.

Part of being a good steward of your resources is not creating waste! However, as sinful humans, we easily create waste all the time. It is said that 90% of what we do is waste! So a major part of stewardship, redemption, and sight is learning to see the waste and continually eliminate it so that we can be freed up to glorify God and do good to others without struggling.

There ought to be flow in what we do.

The 8 Deadly Wastes

There are 8 major categories of waste. In fact, they are probably the only wastes that exist. Each waste creates more waste. It’s like creating a snowball and rolling it down a big snowy hill. Waste creates waste! And unless we intentionally do something about it, learn to spot it, and figure out a way to get rid of it, our life will be a life full of waste. This waste applies to our work, our home, and even our minds. Our goal isn’t just to see it, and it isn’t just to get rid of it, but the purpose is to deliver value to those around us and to be free to glorify God in what we do, how we live, and what we think.

The 8 Deadly Wastes are:

  1. Over-Production
  2. Over-processing
  3. Motion
  4. Transportation
  5. Inventory
  6. Defects
  7. Waiting
  8. Unused Potential


We will go through one-by-one and bring up examples of each waste. Again, the goal is to first learn to see the wastes in our life, work, and mind, second to eliminate the waste by 3’S-ing (which we will discuss), third to create flow and deliver maximum value by continuous improvement.

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