Paul Akers has built a business and a life on making small improvements every single day. In this episode, we explore the concept of lean: lean thinking, lean relationships, and lean business. Using this lean methodology, Paul shows us how to eliminate waste and make continuous improvements in your life and business. Cheat Sheet What lean thinking is and how the lean manufacturing model is used at successful companies How to identify the different kinds of waste present in your systems and systematically eliminate them How and why Paul got started with using the lean system in his own life Why people can become paralyzed to not make change and how to overcome this feeling What the work "kaizen" means and how the system actually works How Toyota has used kaizen to revolutionize their business How sweeping, sorting, and standardizing your workspace can make you more productive What businesses can do to tap into unused employee genius to improve their organization How Paul applies the lean thinking concept to relationships and love Why you should make a document that clearly defines what makes you happy and how to do it effectively The simple way to get up and running with the lean thinking method Links PaulAkers.net FastCap video resources TripIt.com Work The System Sam Carpenter's Work The System interview Getting Things Done David Allen Getting Things Done interview Freedom's Forge The Everything Store Book, tool, ritual Book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Tool: Lean PD app Ritual: Reading a book per week, and listening to audio books every day. Connect with Paul Akers @PaulAkers Sponsor Freshbooks.com/productivity For a 30 day free trail, be sure to enter the word 'productivity' in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher, Overcast, PocketCast or your favorite podcast player. It’s easy, you’ll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure. You can also leave a review! Here's how.