Life, Goals, Happiness & Lemons


Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. And plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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What?

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Do you want to accomplish something that many people dream about, but very few actually accomplish? Unless you make it a goal for yourself and work every day towards achieving it, why would you ever believe that you could actually reach it?

 

Unless you see yourself slowly making progress, your dreams and aspirations are nothing but vague notions floating around in your imagination. Goal setting isn’t simply about imagining what you want to achieve. It is actually a tool in itself that can greatly increase your chances of turning your dreams into reality.

 

 

Why?

 

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There are so many things we keep planning in our heads & keep pushing them for the next day. But that “Tomorrow” never really comes. If you don’t write down concrete goals and give yourself a timeline for achievement, you won’t get any closer to where you desire. You can define your goal at LAYWi & LAYWi will assist you throughout your journey towards achieving it with a systematic approach & regular monitoring.

 

When designing a personal development Project, you must increase self-awareness, determine the things that are most important to you and commit to a plan of action that will transform your life. A commitment to personal development requires a willingness to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and the clarity to choose the right activities and steps for advancing personal growth.

 

Step 1

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Login if already registered or Register and login:

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

 

Under ‘New Tasks’, select a task for which you wish to create a project. It can be from any area of your life, for example Professional, Relationships, Wealth or Well-Being.

Further task can belong to any areas, that is it could be from Vision you defined or a Value system block or Self profiling.

Then just Click on Add to Projects.

You can also create ad hoc tasks.

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The Task will get added in New Project Column. Click on Move To Project Catalog.

Project Catalog is where we fully define a project with all requisites like dates, time allocations, sub tasks, project benefits definition and so on.

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Name your project & click on OK.

Answer the 4 key questions in the questionnaire & click on Save. These 4 questions are important for setting tone for project right.

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Just click on Project Catalog tab which has all projects with initial set of tasks.

You can refine project definition where, add sub tasks and define timelines and success / measuring criteria.

Once you are happy with definition just simple press Schedule button on top right corner and project would move to ‘Scheduled Projects’ tab or ‘In Progress’ tab depending on start date.

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Step 6

You can also ..

.. Create your own ‘Benefits template’ to evaluate each task or sub-task on scheduled or ad hoc basis.

.. Create time definition which would be reflected on your calendar

.. Create structured project defintion

.. Use various tools to execute projects effectively like using Diary for notes, To-Do lists, Reminder, Sharing tasks etc

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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!

Time Management for Everyday


“The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.”
― Barry Werner

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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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