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.
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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.
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.
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Motivation is the force that propels us into action; it can be both negative and positive. Either you are motivated by I’m going to get fired if I don’t get it done or you are motivated by I must get this done, so I can get the most juice out my time. Motivation that is positive will always leave you more energized than negative motivation, which will drain and stress you out. Like all thinking, positive motivation is also a habit that you can consciously develop.
Here are a few ways to keep yourself pepped through the day:-
1) Always think positive: No matter how hard your day has been, just keep patience and chant’ this will get better’. Even if you are stuck in a pickle, thinking positive will feed you energy to get through the task with minimum damage. Once you master the habit of reining in your negative thought patterns, you will realize, things will happen, good or bad, the way you react to is all you can control. When you realize this that will be reward enough.
2) Make a public commitment: Announcing your intentions publicly to take up a project will ensure that you stick to it more than just thinking you will take up this goal . It maybe social anxiety that initially encourages you to stick it through but the more important thing is to begin.
3) Create a healthy competitive environment: Competition is a great motivator. Harness it to achieve your goals. Whether it is competing within or without. See how your friends are doing. If they can do 50 pushups, try 60 or if they are taking more responsibility at work, you can mimic the same or more. Just observe what others are up to and you will notice your internal barometer of wellness automatically starts setting higher goals to maintain your top position or improve on your second or third best position.
4) Keep a diary: Record your goals and plans daily in a journal. What you want to achieve and why. How will you get around to completing a goal? What did you do today that made you that much closer to a goal? Record all your achievement and setbacks. Our mind is wired to see what we consider significant to getting closer to our deepest desires. Hence this process will help stay on track and motivate you to envision your achievements.
5) Envision your goal: envisioning your goals will keep you motivated, as the more you think about achieving your goals, the more the mind will perceive it coming true. An event is always created twice, once in the mind then in reality. So write down your visions and how will you make it come true, spend some time every day, revising it or amending it.
6) Be persistent: no matter how tired you are, do something that gives you the sense that you spent time furthering your goal. This will keep your motivation levels up for the next time. Because the guilt of having skipped a day might derail you from confronting a task the next day, so stay persistent, even if you hurts a little bit.
7) Talk back to the negativity: If you mind hurls negativity at you, don’t quit, confront and tackle it. Don’t let negativity get to you and make you quit. If you do, it will come back to haunt any time else you might want to take up in the future. It is a habit. Staying motivated and at it, is habit that will reap rewards for long term.
8) Reward yourself: this is important, break your goals down into smaller tasks and reward yourself for completing those tasks. Keep monitoring your progress. It will generate enough motivation for you get another task done.
9) Don’t be complacent: now it may be important to pat yourself on the back for achieving completion of a task, it is also important to not become complacent about your goals. Remember motivation is a habit, and you will have to follow the same rules for the same results.
10) Get started: Just start, even if you might not have all resources spread out, just start, start by making plan to acquire resources. Keep your expectation to a minimum and plan to a maximum.
11) Plan; envision; set goals; review progress; reward yourself; stick it out and repeat!
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Just couple of points to recap –
Vision is long term and overarching purpose in life which one is really passionate about.
So next we need to take the vision and break it down to something mid-term and further arrange in sequence or in parallel depending what makes sense and lets call them missions. Now take these mid-term missions and further break them into immediately action-able goals.
Now we would discuss this last part of achieving the life you want. Breaking down mission into smaller objectives or goals (and further sub goals if need be) and actually working on each of them. Remember each goal works as a piece of jigsaw puzzle of life and fit somewhere to give your life a more closer picture towards your vision or ideal life. But each time one sets goal or create mission, there is always price you would have to pay on way to achieving it. So agree the price in advance you are willing to pay for life you want. Price may be inform of time spend away from loved one’s or more monetary like sacrificing holidays or new house to complete higher education or in some cases health. But on positive note, price you would pay would be much smaller and short term compared to returns you would most likely enjoy in long run and for longer term.
Remember 7 things when planning the goals: Proper planning is important before starting the upon goals but without getting too bogged (avoiding analysis paralysis) down into the process of planning and remembering the execution of goal is key.
1. Goals are S.M.A.R.T
S – Specific and significant.
M – Measurable and meaningful.
A – Appropriate and achievable.
R – Realistic, results-oriented and rewarding.
T – timely and time-bound.
2. Always prioritise and prioritise correctly. Categorize your goals like Financial and Career, Family and Home, Well-being so forth.
3. Yes and No are both choices and have impacts, so make a decision and stand by it.
4. Keeping It Real.
5. Know the critical path to end goals or sub goals. Make sure goals are properly defined so you know when they are complete against expected benefit(s).
6. Make sure your goal is high enough.
7. Know resources you have in advance and get help where required, like in terms of money, time, relationships. When you work towards your goals those resource would take a hit, so remember to take the price you would pay into over all equation.
1. Be Relentless
2. keep yourself motivated, remember like hunger for food, one need to motivate oneself regularly, may be daily.
3. Organise yourself to save time and focus. Know the difference between urgent, important, good to have and time wasting tasks.
4. Analyse yourself on SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats within you as person along with your circumstances and surroundings)
5. Break it down, act regularly like daily when possible.
6. Don’t procrastinating.
7. Review your progress and review goals regularly.
Finally 7 P’s for you positive psychology: One more factor which is important beside planning and execution towards goals is positive attitude towards your goals and life you want to achieve.
“The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.”
― Barry Werner
Time is management is of essence if you want to live a well managed life. To do any task, you have to decide to do it, and almost every time when we make a decision, first step toward it is deciding when to do it. If you really ponder upon it, the main reason for procrastination is us wanting to not confront the flow of time, hence avoiding life changing decision, therefore avoiding failing at them.
This is the biggest reason why we avoid time management, because it can mean taking action and taking action is risking failure. Although this blog is on tips for managing time better, it doesn’t hurt to examine what’s stopping us on utilizing this wonderful skill that is ever present.
Time management has a great side effect, calling living fully. Our life is all about time since we have limited time to achieve our goals in life and live it like we want it.
Here are a bunch of tips on time management:-
1) Maintain a To-do list. I can’t emphasize enough, how much you can get done in a day if you have a list of things to be done. And checking items off a list gives you amazing satisfaction. So write it down on a paper, use one of those widely available apps on phones. Register on websites like www.laywi.com, a very versatile website, which lets you create projects and attach specific to-do lists to those projects.
2) Break it down and allocate time. Break down your task into smaller tasks and you will be amazed at how stress-less and fluid your task becomes. For instance you want to conduct an employee survey, break it down:
1) Target demographic.
2) Prepare questionnaire
3) Mailer for the survey
4) Send out survey
5) Collect and analyse results
6) Prepare a report
Allocate time to the tasks. And get them done.
3) Be pragmatic about setting deadline, this is where most people miss out. They set unrealistic expectation and end up disappointed. Set easier timelines if you are just starting out. Don’t punish yourself for failing to keep deadline. The most important thing is to keep trying to get closer and closer to your target each time.
4) Prioritize: it is most important that you prioritize what is most important following a descending order for less urgent matters, this way, when the most urgent task is off your list; you are still productive enough to strike of other tasks off your list.
5) Pre-Evaluate results, at the beginning of the task, make a mental note of what is that you want out of a task, this way you concentrate on what to get out of than weeding through useless information.
6) Set time for distractions. This might sound odd, but it is good idea to allow yourself to check Facebook or Twitter at a designated time than depriving yourself completely of it. Start out with only allowing yourself to check Facebook thrice a day or so, once in the morning, after lunch and when you’ve finished your work. This way you don’t waste time or feel guilty for it. Do the same for other destructive distractions.
7) Organize your space; this will help you save time and mental energy, in hereto increasing your productivity.
8) Don’t be a miser with Nos. Feel free to say no to things that will not add anything to your day. And don’t hesitate in asking for what you need, if in a meeting, and your task is done, excuse yourself and be on your way. It will save your time and you will walk out with minimum information overload.
9) Avoid clutter. Be practical while taking up things. Only take up tasks that you will absolutely do. Adding tasks that you halfheartedly, unrealistically added to your daily repertoire will only disrupt your mental planning.
10) Reward yourself, count the items that you were able to strike off your set list and celebrate whatever you got done. Relax with a long bath or go for a long walk, whatever makes you happy.
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Habits are basically internally stored memories of tackling events that happen to us on regular basis. If you are habitual of eating breakfast, you immediately feel its void on the days when you skip it or you are habitual of sleeping in late, hence you always miss those spinning classes that you enrolled in. The human mind creates habits, so that it can conserve time and energy in decision making. This has been wired in to our DNA because; the cave men had to have faster than lighting instincts to run from a predator hiding in the bushes. But habits are more than that, they are our memories, and to challenge existing memories and creating a desirable ones to replace them is what is needed to create a life as you want it.
Here are a bunch of tips below, to get you started. Replace your older unhealthy habit patterns with newer, more empowering habits.
To inculcate healthy habits in to your routine start with:
1) Setting a goal is the most important step. More importantly setting a practical goal. Want to lose 50 pounds or want to fit into that 10 year old pair of jeans. Whatever you want. Be reasonable with yourself, you can’t expect to lose 30 pounds in 20 days.
2) Be specific about what you want to see in the results. Is it a desire to see a more toned body, or feel more energetic? Be precise in what you want. It will keep you motivated and easier to spot results or discrepancies in your plans.
3) Make a list of all things you need to do to achieve results . For instance for a fitness regime, chart out the time of your workout, the exercise routine, plan your outfit, your pre and post workout meals, everything, don’t leave space for excuses. It might be tedious in the beginning but soon it will be a habit that sticks.
4) Why is this important to you? Think of the reasons this is important to you.
5) Write plans where it is accessible. Record your ideas and plan in a place where you can easily access them. Put them online on www.laywi.com. Its online and gives you the freedom to access and review your plan from anywhere you want.
6) Create reminders to keep you motivated and to remind you why you took this up!
7) Mark your calendar. Set dates and schedule for till when do you want to achieve these goals.
8) Stay positive and motivated. Don’t let setbacks deter you anyway. Reevaluate and readjust till you have what you need. It’s important not to take defeat too seriously, it only means there was a discrepancy in the plan.
9) Keep yourself surrounded by the things that remind you of your goal. Cut out pictures from a magazine and put it on bathroom mirror. Create vision boards. Set up your plans on www.laywi.com, review your dashboard for the progress and the way ahead.
10) Reward yourself, the real reward is in the goal completion itself but don’t forget to revel in the feeling of the new you. Try on cloths that you never thought you could. Take yourself out to a nice restaurant. Celebrate your life and doings.
Happy habit building!