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.

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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!