Goals Achievement made Easy


Close your eyes and imagine being at a wonderful location like the hills with clouds descending at your feet and sipping on a delightful tea, I bet you can almost feel how unbelievable happy you would feel if this were happening to you. If you can imagine it happening then what is it that is stopping you from living this dream? Lack of Money or time or too many Obligations? But have you ever thought if you had deliberate plans of spending your days and/or weeks, you would be able to squeeze a lot more out of it ?

A lot of us spend our lives under the burden of uncertainty and fear of it. It doesn’t have to be that way, cultivating the habits of setting proper achievable goals can free us from most of the problems we face in life. Setting proper goals to live life a certain way that align with the values of your life can transform your living experience into days filled with purposeful events and general fulfillment.

Even people, who live the so called relaxed/bohemian life, plan their actions to be aligned with the values they abide their lives with.  The lesson here is knowing what you want and attaining it step by step and refining it as you go along.

One should think of goals as Russian nesting dolls, one goal should be an inset of another, everything you want to achieve in your life must contribute as a stroke in the portrait of your life. Because motivation is an intrinsic feeling which maximizes when there is least resistance.

One can follow simple steps to ensure that goals setting and achievement is a smooth process. You can also use www.laywi.com to ensure strong planning of each step. Laywi.com also helps you determine and establish a stronger value system that further helps you set more honest goals. Let us learn how to set achievable goals using www.laywi.com.Image

Set Written Goals: The obvious but most people often are misguided in their attempt to set realistic goals, not thinking about what they will have to do to achieve them but what the goals will do for them once they are fulfilled. Although it is crucial to imagine how the goal fulfillment will make them feel, but at the same time it’s also very important to tread lightly as to not startle yourself. Use LAYWi’s align and achieve to set written goals to the last detail. It is a very systematic process, firstly, a user sets their intention to achieve what they want using project definition, which includes whys and whats of the projects initiations, which also refines your thinking, in the sense it forces us to think it through. Further a user divides the project into various sub-tasks, where you can also set a trail of processor tasks and successor tasks.

Set deadlines: It is very important to give yourself a time frame within which you will achieve a certain sub-task, project and the time for evaluation for the overall project. LAYWi lets set time frame and the reminders for all. Any task or project nearing completion will pop up on your dashboard as a reminder of it. Plus you can set daily reminders also for task that you want to work deliberately on a daily basis.

Measurable goals: Again obvious but most of us forget that a goal is a means to an end, so should have measurable outcomes, LAYWi lets you set evaluations scales for all the objectives you set for a goal. For example, you are acquiring a new skill to reduce error and save time. The objectives you define in the project can then be used to be rated on a scale and the overall progress is shown on your dashboard.

Feedback: Acquiring feedback, you can share the values you establish in LAYWi’ value system with a friend or a peer on laywi.com to help you get a better feedback minus of self blinding biases, which will help a user understand the limitations they may possess and how to work around them.

Self feedback: Reflecting on your journey to achieve a goal using LAYWi diary can also help plan better goals and realistically. Plus it is right there for you to refer to anytime and from anywhere. LAWYi is a 100 percent secure.

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S.M.A.R.T derived from the goal setting theory, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time targeted, is a recipe for  perfect goal setting, which has been imbibed in LAYWi, and made easy and more refined by additional features like sharing for feedback, diary, To-Do lists, Connect, Content organizer is a delight to use for personal or organizational use.

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Sign up for your free account today and plan the life of your dreams.

Happy LAYWi-ing!!

Self Awareness, the First Step towards a Desired Life


 Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

 We might quickly assume that we are self aware, but it is helpful to have a relative scale for awareness. If you have ever been in an auto accident you may have experienced everything happening in slow motion and noticing details of your thought process and the event. This is a state if heightened awareness. With practice we can learn to engage these types of heightened states and see new opportunities for interpretations in our thoughts, emotions, and conversations.

 Why Develop Self Awareness?

As you develop self awareness you are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations you make in your mind. Changing the interpretations in your mind allows you to change your emotions. Self awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success.

 Self awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering your. Where you focus your attention, your emotions, reactions, personality and behavior determine where you go in life.

 Having self awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you. It also allows you to see the controls of your emotions, behavior, and personality so you can make changes you want. Until you are aware in the moment of the controls to your thoughts, emotions, words, and behavior, you will have difficulty making changes in the direction of your life.

 Self Awareness in Relationships

Relationships are easy until there is emotional turmoil. This is the same whether you are at work or in your personal life. When you can change the interpretation in your mind of what you think you can change your emotions and shift the emotional quality of your relationships. When you can change the emotions in your relationships you open up entirely new possibilities your life.

 Having a clear understanding of your thought and, behavior patterns helps you understand other people. This ability to empathize facilitates better personal and professional relationships.

 Develop Self Awareness

Self awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior. It isn’t learned from reading a book. When you read a book you are focusing your attention on the conceptual ideas in the book. With your attention in a book you are practicing not paying attention to your own behavior, emotions and personality.

Think of learning to be mindful and self aware as learning to dance. When learning to dance we have to pay attention to how and where our feet move, our hands and body motion, what our partner is doing, music, beat, floor space, and other dancers. Self awareness isn’t learned from books and the Tango isn’t either.  LAYWi is a website cum app that has been designed to give you tools that helps you develop and enhance your self awareness by engaging in projects that give your life the meaning that you want.

LAYWi is a personal development app, which enables its user to create a life that they want with LAYWi tools. LAYWi is an enabler in the process of planning.

LAYWi helps a user define, refine and align their life planning with clear understanding of what one wants and what goals to achieve.

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Self awareness although maybe a spiritual journey but it starts with being aware of your surroundings, then your actions & reactions in it and you motivation behind them.

Tools such as personal SWOT which assess personal strengths and weaknesses, helping one pave their way with more clarity.

 

Self awareness goes a long way in contributing towards ones success, because what deters us from living the life of our ideals is our lack of understanding what we are capable of and what the weaknesses are.

LAYWi visions allows one to access their vision for important areas of life and follow it through consciously to stay true to the determined values one has set for themselves, which can be done in a precise manner under LAYWi self profiling.

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Just like any path towards success, being realistic and honest with your intentions is of the utmost importance. Since the output of the tools and its features will depend on how honestly you open up.

In the process we are not telling anybody what to believe, how they should think, or what they should do. LAYWi is just sharing with people exercises in raising their self awareness. When you become more self aware you instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn’t notice before.

If you have an emotional reaction of anger or frustration, you notice many of the thoughts and small triggers that build up towards those emotions. You also notice moments when you can change the interpretations in your mind, or not believe what we are thinking. In this heightened awareness you instinctively make better choices in your thought process long before an emotional reaction or destructive behavior.

 Making changes in your behavior is much easier to do when you catch them early in the dynamic, before the momentum of thought and emotion has gathered steam.   The changes in your mind and behavior become simple and easy steps when you develop self awareness.

The Power of Habit – A review


The Power of Habit is a book is a recent best seller by Charles Duhigg. It engages the user in understanding the circuitry of habit and how to manipulate it to inculcate productive habits.

We are all slaves to habits good or bad, because the brain prefers to keep its working memory free to avoid any predators that might pounce from out of the blue and attack us. In todays time, the predator could be anything from a boss who wants us work over time or office politics.Hence habits and memories alike  are helpful in the functioning of our being on a level  that is between conscious and subconscious, keep our attention fixed on survival.

The cycle of habit has three phases, the cue, the routine and the reward.  The cue is the situation or an indication of an event, the routine, is the reaction after encountering the cue and the reward is the sensation we crave from the completion of that routine, which our brains craves.

For example, if one has a habit of smoking cigarettes and wants to overcome it successfully, they must watch out for what are the situations when the urge to get a cigarette is overcoming, and make a note of it. It may be when one is bored or a bit distracted or just looking stimulation. Once the behavior is noted, the next time they get a cue to smoke, they can easily and gradually try to replace the behavior with another routine instead of smoking a cigarette. For instance a healthier habit of a cup of herbal tea or taking a small walk or just taking an internet break. Anything they like!

Eventually, the new behavior will become the reward that the mind craves. Following the same pattern one can overcome any destructive habit with enough efforts and patience.

In fact, most therapists and psychologists also use the same approach to help people over come fears and heartbreaks of life, by understanding their habits of thinking & perception and slowing breaking them and replacing them with newer & healthier habits.

Please read https://laywi4us.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people/ & laywi4us.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people-2/ to learn more about the circuitry of habits.

LAWYi, our app/ website has been designed keeping in mind the psychology of change. And a change to last and have a productive effect must be, uprooted from its base.  The most important point to remember is to be aware of when the cue pops up, and to develop a plan to tackle it with a replacement habit.

LAYWi has many such inbuilt tools that let you record you current behavior and plan your further change in the routine. Since the written word is always more powerful than the thought, owing the fact that just careful deliberation required in the comprehensible word is in itself an act of doing hence better learning. So here you understand the cues that kick habit into first gear better and better

On LAWYi one can plan their transition using align and achieve to careful orchestrated projects. Recognize cues, plan the replacement routine to override the unwanted routine.

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Record observation about the obstacles, or achievements or anything relevant to the habit in a diary tool. This particularly useful because, most of the habits come from the same unconscious drive that may or may not be very healthy. LAYWi diaries can be attached to LAYWi projects.

Set LAWYi reminders to keep in mind the missions set out to achieve. They dropdown from the home tab or show on the LAYWi calendar or LAYWi dashboard.

 

One can also and must set specific evaluations which are necessary to override the unproductive habit with a productive one. For example, developing the habit of exercising the body thrice a week. The habit of working out thrice in a week would render you a better health, you can set your criteria of what better health means to you. Better fitting cloths, feeling energized, better skin, anything you like.

But the most satisfaction is in seeing the progress made from A to B, since it is on an app, and you review this evaluation by rating your improvement week by week or month by month which shows on your personalized dashboard along with all reminders and important dates.

Plus it has various other tools for planning and organizing any aspect of your life.

ImageIf you are looking to kick a bad habit, you must sign up for an account on www.laywi.com today, to avail the benefits of these tools, which helps make your life better overall.

Please visit https://laywi4us.wordpress.com, for more blogs on how LAWYi can be used to live & plan the life you want.

It’s free, accessible and absolutely safe.

Kaizen- the art of continous improvement


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

 

Kaizen is a Japanese word for the change for the best or improvement.  Kaizen is a philosophy of doing things, to extract the best results out of a process with minimum wastage. Kaizen has been used in business, engineering, psychotherapy, life coaching, healthcare, banking and in many more areas.

Rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching–“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”–Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen is the tortoise versus the hare. Kaizen is the eleven Fortune 500 companies that significantly outperformed the market through moderate, step-by-step actions. Kaizen is losing weight not by a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating one bite less at each meal–then, a month later, eating two bites less. Kaizen is starting a life-changing exercise program by standing—just standing–on a treadmill for one minute a day.

 

Kaizen implements the art of taking small steps towards learning but continuously without fail. For a common person like you and me, who is just try to get things done, kaizen can be broken down in to small steps of ten :

  1. Define the problem
  2. Document the current situation
  3. Visualize the ideal situation
  4. Define measurement targets
  5. Brainstorm solutions to the problem
  6. Develop Kaizen plan
  7. Implement plan
  8. Measure, record and compare results to targets
  9. Prepare summary documents
  10. Create short term action plan, on-going standards and sustaining plan

The steps are pretty self explanatory but these steps are the physical manifestation of the mental process behind Kaizen. You have to ensure you take small but clear steps which yields a small but measurable result. The process is followed quickly avoiding any wastage. Doing whatever it is you can in that moment do to achieve optimal results.

Although it is fairly simple process but to be able to track the step of it can get tricky, if you are a beginner and also sometimes when you are unclear of the process but have the clarity of the goal.  But keep reading through to find a solution for it.

 

How is Kaizen different?

Kaizen is a lean process, which takes small steps towards achievement of a goal. The leanness of it helps is avoiding bigger mistakes, that freezes us in our steps, whereas if you make a small mistake, it is much easier to detour to another plan.

Kaizen also advocates continuous improvement and learning, so one ends up doing a lot of reflection on the said goal. And reflection helps internalize the learnings. In short it standardizes every step, so next time one would automatically function when encountered with the same scenario!

Is there an app or tools available online that helps in standardization the above steps? Yes, there is.

There is nothing that has not been digitized in today’s day and time. The app is called LAWYi, and is on www.laywi.com.  The makers of laywi have studied the Kaizen process and has tried to incorporate it in their application.

LAYWi is a personal development app, which has applied the Kaizen principles to the over all app and also in sub levels of the website.

Firstly LAYWi uses the process of Define; Refine and Align & Achieve, where one defines areas of their lives, refines them by brainstorming, creating a value system and through a personal SWOT.

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Finally uses the Align& Achieve section to set the plan in motion by defining every step from starting to completion to setting measurable outcomes.

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So even if you can’t come up with a process, you already have LAYWi as a cut out of the way, all you have to do is fill in thoughts and ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

Plus LAYWi lets you evaluate on a regular basis and the progress according to your evaluation shows up on you dashboard along with all your other plans and projects.

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Next we will be doing a review of the book:

One Small Step Can Change Your Life  Author: Robert Maurer

A world renowned professor at the UCLA and the advocator of the kaizen process in everyday life to achieve life goals.

Who Moved my Cheese ? www.laywi.com


Who Moved my Cheese was published in the year 1998 written by Spencer Johnson. This tiny book has been written in the simplest English with the least complex fictional characters in the history of writing but is profoundly true and brimming with obviousness that its only a miracle of some sort that we ignore it  with amazing ease. The Story starts with the four protagonist Hem & Haw- the tiny people and Sniff and Scurry- the two mice, both jog through a maze every morning towards cheese stations to get their fill of the day. They do this day after day for as long as they can, till the particular cheese station is empty. The mice, rightly named Sniff and Scurry are quick to notice and anticipate change. One day when sniff and scurry arrive at their cheese station and notice the absence of any cheese, they are quick to process this information and scurry away to sniff out another source of cheese. But the same does not happen to the tiny people, when on the same day Hem and Haw arrive to find no cheese, they simply assume it to be a temporary thing, and the station they held so dear can’t let them down, and it was only a matter of time, that they would find the same joy of satisfying cheese again. And they repeated this safe mantra to themselves every day till they felt sick to their stomach from hunger and disappointment, they knew the big change couldn’t be reversed, but scared to get out of their comfort filled and denial fueled situation, were paralyzed. Meanwhile Sniff and Scurry had already found a bigger/better cheese station across the maze and were busy dishing out on the new cheese.  But Haw instinctively knew the change had arrived and to survive he must make a move to another place, but was held back by fears. Fearfully but Haw knew that he must overcome this disabling fear of change to get to new cheese. So once again, he brought his running shoes out that he had tucked away so very methodically after discovering the cheese station. And ran out into the maze in find of new cheese that was out there somewhere. As he lapped along the journey he released the inevitability of change and disappointment of not having released that sooner. He ran and ran, overcoming his fears of newness and imagining himself gorging on newer cheese, which made his goal more and more real for him. He felt alive at discovering new bits of cheese on the way and hoped that Hem would soon follow him into the maze. But this time Haw was a new person, he wasn’t going to let the same stagnation happen again as he it had earlier, he made sure he wrote his lessons on the walls of the maze, to internalize them and in-case he needed to trace his way back or to another station. Haw felt alive, his only regret, he hadn’t done it sooner.

Eventually Haw did discover the bigger/better cheese station. But this time he had learned his lesson. So he regularly smelled cheese to know if it’s going stale, took inventory of the remaining cheese and trusted and developed his ability to find cheese again- in short controlled fear. And lived happily and practically ever after.

In this metaphorical tale, cheese stands for anything that we think will bring us eternal happiness, but as Haw demonstrated, the only constant in life is change and developing the habit of recognizing, recording and reflecting on newer cheeses, is the only formula to finding eternal happiness in life.

The faster you recognize change, the faster you will come with an antidote. The more records  you take, the better you will strategize and the more you reflect, the easier the transition would be.

But the book just isn’t preaching of change, it’s also asking its readers to make plans devoid of any existence of fear, fear which is a reflex from the lessons learned, histories read and is nothing but glorified caution. Fear is a friend not a foe when regulated.Hence the book asks the most simple and powerful questions of them all, ‘What would you do, if you weren’t afraid?’

Have you thought of what would you do if you weren’t afraid? I would sing to the crowds of thousands and roll around in grass. Fantasies apart next time you are taking a decision, take off you fear cloak and make plans.

Our website www.laywi.com has incorporated lessons from who moved my cheese, LAYWi is personal development website with a twist, it’s not just an app but also a highly sophisticated tool which has its roots firmly in science of human psychology, monitoring for you and guiding you at each step of your project management towards a life that you want.

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LAYWi has tools that shows you progress made in all projects and assignments started by you on LAYWi, daily/weekly/monthly, as you would like it, so you can assess the state of your cheese. It has tools like diaries and Personal SWOTs that let you reflect on your cheese, if its depleting or would you rather have a different kind of cheese altogether. LAYWi is deeply based in science of human psychology and motivation which helps you structure your plans in such a manner that you always invent ways of locating more cheese. All one has to do is sign up, and start doing. Its Free!

The main thing while working with an app like LAYWi is that you can’t ever forget the writing on the walls. Because that is what guides your motivation to find more cheese.    What would you do if you weren’t afraid?    Getting out there and letting go of your comforts is the only way you will locate new cheese.    Always take stock.    Accept change and transition.      Constantly override your old ways with new ones to stay closer to cheese.

LAWYi, as its stands for life as you want it, helps you take charge of your cheese supply. It helps you imagine more ways to acquire cheese. Bottom-line: You move your own cheese. Total cheese control!

Cheese- the thing that we think will make us eternally happy, is only a plan away, just box that fear away and think to yourself, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid”?! and the world is your oyster.

Happy LAYWi-ing!

Getting Things Done – the Right Way !


 

Getting Things Done by David Allen is a revolutionary book, it became a cult soon after it was published and acquired a place in pop culture as GTD (short of getting things done), which its popularly known today. The book suggests an outline for getting control of your life through the five stages of mastering workflow/mindflow: collection, processing, organizing, reviewing and doing. It has been a little over a decade since its publication and the GTD method has been quoted, recycled and talked about so many times since its inception that it has now seeped into the public consciousness, somewhat obvious to most of us, and yet most of us forget to use this wonderful method to empty our minds on to a tangible platform to get things done!

Although the book has about 13 chapters altogether, and is fairly long book, but luckily you don’t have to spend too much time revisiting or reading how to apply GTD to get maximize productivity because the author himself has provided a flowchart of actions, so the book also lives up to its teaching of avoiding wastage of mental resources to free up time for more important tasks at hand. Already off to a good start!

 Simply start with taking some time out, gather a notepad or anything else to write upon, just empty your mind of things at the top of your mind as tasks to be done.  After you have written those down, simple recall the flowchart or look at it (attached below). Examine each task by running it through the steps of the flow chart and render it a priority.

One of the big reasons why this method works so seamless is because of a phenomenon called Zeigarnik Effect, which is the tendency to experience intrusive thoughts about an objective that was once pursued and left incomplete (Baumeister & Bushman, 2008). Because a task has been given a relatively higher priority in your mind, it keeps popping in your mind, just as when an app is opened on your mac pc and the the app icon bobs up and down till you give it attention by clicking on it. It can bother and distract you from your current task.

One you align your thoughts with actionables, your mind simple frees the space to be more productive.

Start with collection, gather all the tasks that have to be completed. You can any collection tool of your choice, a notepad, an app, email or whatever suits you.  The book mentions three “collection success factors”: 1. Every open loop must be in your collection system and out of your head. 2. You must have as few collection buckets as you can get by with. 3. You must empty them regularly.

Then comes the processing stage, which is mostly running the task through the flowchart to determine its urgency.

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In the Organize stage, the author describes eight categories of reminders and materials: trash, incubation tools, reference storage, list of projects, storage or files for project plans and materials, a calendar, a list of reminders of next actions, and a list of reminders of things you’re waiting for.

The fourth stage is reviewing, which is go back at a scheduled time every week or day, to look at the aligned tasks.

The fifth and the most important step is DOING, here he talks about the 5 phases of project management.

    Defining purpose and principles — In defining purpose, one asks “why?” Answering this question provides the following benefits: it defines success, creates decision-making criteria, aligns resources, motivates, clarifies focus and expands options. Principles create the boundaries of the plan and define the criteria for excellence of behavior.

    Outcome visioning — A vision provides a picture of the final result. Allen discusses the Reticular Activating System within the brain and how it acts like a search engine. In defining the desired outcome, this filter in the brain brings to one’s attention those things that match the vision. In addition, Allen states that you won’t see how to do it until you see yourself doing it, and his advice is to view the project from beyond the completion date, envision “WILD SUCCESS”, and capture features, aspects, qualities you imagine in place.

    Brainstorming — Brainstorming identifies how one gets from here to there through the generation of lots of ideas. Allen recommends writing down these ideas to help generate many new ones that might not have occurred had the brain not been emptied by writing down the original ideas. Writing ideas down also provides an anchor to keep one focused on the topic at hand. This idea of writing to spur thinking has been labeled as “distributed cognition”. Keys to effective brainstorming are: don’t judge, challenge, evaluate, or criticize; go for quantity, not quality; and put analysis and organization in the background.

    Organizing — Allen describes the key steps to include: identify the significant pieces; sort by components, sequences and/or priorities; and detail to the required degree.

    Identifying next actions – Author states that a project is sufficiently planned when every Next Action has been decided on every front that can actually be moved on without some other components having to be completed first.

Now you are wondering how all of the above sounds like a lot of work, and wishing there was a ready made solution to this problem as well, that is exactly what the people at laywi.com thought, before they came up with the design for a website that does exactly that.

An application that holistically helps its users plan and achieve their goals and tasks, using a scientific backing?

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LAYWi is the answer to all of your planning and goal management needs.

LAYWi is a new age personal development website that helps you prioritize, organize and get things done. www.laywi.com has an inbuilt project management/development system that lets you define principles/values, define your vision, clarify your strengths and weaknesses using a SWOT analyses of all important areas of one’s life, and most of all it organizes all your main areas into one place, easily reviewed on everyday basis.

 

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Plus it has tools such as To-Do Lists, checklists, diaries, storage for all your important documents and a section to retain all your favorites’ in any given category.

It is a one big digital solution for all your life organization, planning needs.

Its free, accessible, user friendly and has been designed to let you live your life to the fullest capacity possible.

Sky is the limit for those who want to aim!

 
 

The 7 Habits of Highly effective People- 2


This is a follow up blog to our previous blog on ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people’(https://laywi4us.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people/).  This blog is dedicated to the second part of the book which emphasizes on synergy and clean intentions to get ahead in pursuit of an ideal life.

The three habits that are covered in this blog are: Think win-win, seek first to understand, then be understood, Synergize.

The first habit in this section Think win-win, is a lesson in humanity we all must learn. We must know every situation is created twice, once in thought and another time when it is manifested in reality, this is no spiritual gyan, but a fact. To cause harm, you have first perceive harm.  This habit preaches to always take decision that is beneficial as a whole. Thinking win-win will ensure you are leaving behind enough goodwill in case you have to detour or go back. Plus mostly, if you are normal person (read not a narcissist/megalomaniac) positivity in your work and relationships will strengthen your confidence, making you take those many more chances.

The second habit of ‘Seek first to understand, then be understood’ is also in line with the fourth habit of the book, and the one discussed immediately above. A person must step into the shoes of his colleague or friend to understand what makes them tick. This is useful in many ways, such as when an argument is struck, you feel in control since you know what place they are coming from, and it will also help you come with a suitable peace offering thereby salvaging the blow to the relationship and continuing on your path to your goal.

The third habit in the second part ‘Synergy’ preaches us to include people in our journey toward our goals after we have incorporated the above two habits. It preaches us to feel free to include people, as long as they benefit out of them too. Great men always preach to ask for help, it is also a skill, and not everyone can feel entitled to it. But if you have developed the above habits, you will be able to master this skill as well. The key is open discussion of your ideas and thinking of your team as equal partners in the process.

 

 

Developing the above habits will engrain in you the habit for creating, so no matter where you are stuck in life, you will always be able to create opportunity to live as you want it.

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The habit above can easily be defined as values, and a value system shows in the essence of everything one does, guide you and keeps you true to yourself. And one can only excel when they have a handle on what results they truly want.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


 

One of the most accomplished authors for self development books of our times, Stephen R Covey had written a book called 7 habits of highly effective people in 1989, and since then it has gone on to become one of the most recommended book in its genre and beyond to educate people about the power that lies within their own actions and intentions. The book can be divided into three parts of seven chapters altogether dedicated to each habit that differentiated a successful, fulfilled person from one aspiring to be one. The first part of the book talks about what changes a person can make in its own self to achieve and live a fulfilled life.  It preaches the power of taking action and getting organized. The second part educates about the power of clean intentions and synergy to get what you desire while paving a way for healthy atmosphere for one and all. And third part which is continuous improvement teaches us to keep sharpening the saw.

 

Let’s start by discussing the first three habits, which are, be proactive, begin with the end in mind and put first things first.

All three habits emphasis how planning and organizing life makes the biggest dent. Habit number 1: Be proactive emphasis on taking responsibility for making things happen for you, taking initiative to make projects and dreams happen. Don’t wait for the right moment, even if you must wait for the right moment, plan how when the perfect moment arrives, things will go down. Always take responsibility for where you are right now, and how you can move forward. Because taking responsibility means owning your circumstances, it’s an empowering thought when you know you control your circumstances, you and no one else can make or break your dreams.

The second habit, Begin with end in mind, comes in tandem with the first habit. Envision what the end will look like. Starting from what results you want to how you will feel, down to every tiny detail, maybe where you will celebrate once it’s done. This is important because all successful people know exactly what they want and why. This is what motivates them to work harder, because they are focused and have plan.  Knowing what you want(life goals) and why(values), can wipe all those doubts about not being good enough, or not being prepared enough out. Because all these destructive thoughts are nothing, but empty excuses for when we dig inside for answers and don’t find them right away. Think through your fears, fears are just fantasies with a negative spin.

 

The third habit put first things first, is also another powerful habit of successful people, because prioritizing tasks and projects means that you are serious about getting things done and are not beating around the bush to project a false reality of getting somewhere. Also once you get things done, that are most important to accomplish a goal, you feel lighter and more confident about closing it.

 

If you want to successfully develop these habits and achieve your goals, you must reach clarity on your life goals and values – what makes you tick. You might want to have a family but independence is deeply important to you. In such a case you must decide what is that you want most and why. Think hard on it and/or write it down, bounce it off your family and friends.

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These three chapters are about educating yourself about you and getting to work.

www.laywi.com, has taken inspiration from ‘The seven habits of highly effective people’ and other highly reliable researches advocating the imitation of these certain laws to have a successful life. All successful people take responsibility for their actions and plan ahead by envisioning what would make them happy and effective. All successful people know what they want, and how will they work around it.

Laywi, expanded to life as you want it, has been designed to make life easier for its users, it has developed tools for project/task management, tools that allow you to set vision for all important aspects of your life and tools that tracks progress and reminders for completion of a task. Based on the information you feed into these tools, it also displays you daily, weekly or monthly progress on a task.

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The idea behind laywi is to make planning easier and fool proof for its users.www.laywi.com provides a stencil based on research of how successful/effective people operate in their lives, for everyone who uses laywi to plan their lives.

All the methods and best practices practiced by effective people have been laid out for its users benefit, all they have to do is dream and reflect on how they can achieve the life they want.

Habit number 1 preached to be proactive, www.laywi.com has various tools for planning your actions, such as project cataloging, where you can create projects to the minutest of the detail to achieve a task in an orderly manner. There is also list making, To-do list setting, reminders for To-Do lists, diary keeping for a project/task and much much more.

Second habit is to start with an end in mind, www.laywi.com provides you with tools to envision various aspects of your life to fuel your progress, you are allowed to set vision for your financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing, relationship well and a lot more. You can further use this information to create projects and set objectives that will determine the success of your project. You can create sub tasks, to divide a task into many smaller units for effective execution of a plan.

Third habit of highly effective people is putting first things first. Prioritizing!www.laywi.com also helps you set priorities and remind you from hourly to monthly basis, what is most important to the achievement of your task/project.

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**The dashboard has been designed to update you with plans, tasks, projects and track the progress on them respectively. It is one of its kind tools, that gives you the overview of everything that has been put on the website by you.

 

So, what are you waiting for, log on to www.laywi.com and start planning the life of your dreams and say goodbye to ambiguities of daily life and stress of not living up to your expectation. Take charge today with the help of this revolutionary tool and fire away.

We would be covering the next few habits in the following blog, to ease you into all the information. Till then happy dreaming.

Follow the Trail…


Knowing, wanting and doing are very powerful words. They mean transition, movement and its these words that are the music of life keeping us dancing. And just like music is for grooving, life is for living. Living and existing are two different things, you exist to live, and you live to just live. Just like it’s unnatural for most birds to not take flight, its unnatural for us to not live. What wings are to a bird, is what intelligence and free will is to humans.  We must use it. We must dream, reflect on our essential urges, and think about what we can do with what we’ve been blessed with.

We must use our imagination to examine our lives. What can we do? What do we want to do? If you live inactively, you will miss out on this wonderful and probably the only  experience called life, it doesn’t come back, so drop all you fears of failing, lagging behind, not being good enough, to soar through the skies of life.

There is no science to this, you just do it. So if you have a dream, start working toward it. Now, it’s a fact that not everyone can be Madame Curie or Picasso, but that shouldn’t be the point, the point is to do, and to live out your life to maximum you can. Don’t let capitalistic media take away you joy of living; don’t keep standards that don’t apply to you. Make your own plans and decide on your own success.

The first step towards becoming enlightened to your own senses is to shake off all the prior expectation and make room for your own self to have a say in what you want. Start a journal, reflect on what you like and why you like it, think about what you would regret not doing 10 years from now, think about what are your values.

Make a plan, however insignificant it maybe, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, it’s a law of the natural world, every action will grant you that much wisdom. The point is intending to do something and that something might not be what you thought it would be, but you will be that much wiser.  Failure is not what you think it is, it’s a just an outcome that you didn’t want to see. So make plans, execute them, and grab the experience by the scruff and live!

Read more, watch more documentaries, idolize people, love plants, anything that makes you forget about you mortality is a good sign; it means that you are on the right path, you are living.

Be ambitious. Plan. Do more. Make every sec count. Make informed choices.

So, take a tablet and tap away making plans to conquer your world while you still can, keep yourself surrounded by what you want to see manifest in the future, immediate or later. Because that is what will keep the distractions and unwarranted influences away, allowing you to be original and true to your being.

The blog has been presented to you by a team which is developing a website/ tool calledwww.laywi.com, a website which is here to encourage you to live out the life that you want.  The website has inbuilt tools and apps that let you design your life in a way, that you are able to control most of the inputs and decidedly a lot of output as well. So register right away and surround yourself with influences, living the life a YOU want it.

Fill the Vagueness!


“Life is problems. Living is solving problems.” 
― Raymond E. Feist

The number one enemy of anyone that can be is being vague. Vagueness is the most ineffective phenomenon to exist among us. If you really want to mean what you say and say what you mean, you must start examining the promises that come out of your mouth.  Mean what you, after you make a promise to do something, rummage in your head as to what those words mean to you. For instance if you take a vow to not eat junk food, take a moment to define the meaning of this to yourself, it could mean, no more candies and snacks before dinner or no ordering in during weekdays. Once you decide on what it means to you, you are more likely to stick it out.

Most of our promises are made in the air, I will work out from tomorrow, I will read more, I will be kinder, all these intentions are great but unless you tell yourself what you mean by it, a sense of vagueness will persist, and you are very likely to just let it lurk at the back of your mind than do anything about it. This will not only induce a sense of nothingness but also create mistrust within yourself about your abilities to take up things in the future.

Here are a few ways to add more meaning to your word:

1)      Always define what a promise means to you. If you are taking up a project, define it. For instance, you want to read more books, decide on how many? What books?  Will you join a club? Do you want ask someone for suggestions? As much as you can, define the meaning of the promise.

2)      Set a time:  Define when you want to start. If you want to start eating healthy, decide on a day, next week, Monday or Wednesday, whenever. Defining a timeline will work as a mental alarm. After you’ve done this, repeat step 1.

3)      Own the vision: although it is a good idea to consult or emulate someone who has successfully done something you’ve been meaning to do but make sure you tailor the plan to fit your schedule and abilities.  There is no point going overboard with a workout session if you weigh only 120 lbs and 5 feet tall and your friend weighs 180 lb and 5 feet 7 inches. 

4)      Think why: this is the most important point to remember. Whenever you decide to do something, always think why do you want to do this?  Every day we are influenced by a dozen things and most of these influences are vague, and hence it’s important to challenge your intention of taking up a task or making a promise. Why do you want to do this? If you want to buy a certain car, think about what will it do for you? Is it good car for everyday driving, or is it a status symbol. As long as you’re clear with whys of an action, you will never again regret a decision.

5)      Always reflect on what will you get out of an action, no matter how small the step might be, always evaluate what you got out of it. Don’t be vague!

 

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