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.


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.


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?


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.



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!


What’s for you in LAYWi?

One thing unite us as human irrespective of geographical or social or religious differences and that is human intrinsic nature, which is to dream, dream of better tomorrow, better relationships, better jobs or career prospects, better life in general. Few more of those intrinsic characteristics of humans are ‘Be good’, ‘To improve’, ‘Seek security’, ‘Be social’ and so on.

Of course there is flip side to all of them too, like to satiate need of being ‘be good’ people  indulge in self deception and make convincing stories around it or another need ‘to improve’ people  on one hand want to improve but along side don’t want things to change which is related to being ‘in control’ and hence associate improvement to loosing control and in turn security – so reject improvement or change.

So whats the solution to this conundrum ? Well that’s what promote me to research for long time and come up with humble system called LAYWi which can be reached at www.laywi.com. 

Road-map to life, Life as you want it

Solution here is to approach yourself systemically, understanding yourself properly, stressing on yourself honestly – we at LAYWi call it ‘Define Me‘ phase. This is an iterative process and should not be expected to achieved in one evening – for you and your life are more important then that and deserve more time, thought and attention.

Define me at laywi.com

Refine Me‘ is next phase to ‘Define Me’ where you indulge in some honest self appraisal we call ‘Self Profiling’. You can also seek feedback from other people in your network on site (laywi.com). Under this phase, you would also indulge in some dreaming process to called ‘Visioning’, building your plans for future, where do you see yourself 10 years or 20 years from today. This is would get you and your sub-conscious mind thinking what steps would be required to reach there, what resource you need, whats the gap between you today and you in your visioned state.

Finally in this phase you would also build a ‘Value System’ for yourself. Reason to have a value system in life to have good habits which would help you in your journey like building habit to be persistent and consistent in life, being honest and diligent, developing self leadership and so on. All this good habits as your value system would help you intrinsically when going get tough.

Align and Achieve‘ is Last phase of LAYWi, here we get action oriented. We plan and act upon all goals, vision, habits we have decided to improve as part of ‘Refine Me’ phase. We can group them as projects, define the important factor which would be required by project to achieve its eventual purpose. There are a lot of questions you would answer along with process of Align and Achieve which would clear you mind of doubts and bring forth your implementation approach to you purpose in life.

LAYWi's approach to life at www.laywi.com

Peripheral to Road-map of life: Tools 

Another important finding my research showed was, its important to be organised so mind is free to think properly and come up with new design for happy and successful life.

Solution to better life at www.laywi.comSo we have tools  as second part of site give users lots of options to organise one’s life so mind is free of daily deadlines and botheration but they can still be sure that they would complete them on time like To-Do list, Content Organizer (to secure all your documents safely), Diary (Multiple use, can be a thought organizer or a learning journal for a project), Favourites (to organize a wish-list or any other fancy) Dashboard (A personal newsfeed for updates and schedules, rating from all part of site), Calenders ( for schedules and reminders), Connect – to be able to share and get feedback from friends, family and colleagues on content that you have opened to view by your chosen traffic.

Dashboard at laywi.comCaveat:

LAWYi is not a site which works in three clicks like 1. Click and Upload 2. Click and Share 3. Click and Comment, for life is itself is not that simple and need application of brain and efforts continuously and improving everyday bit by bit, step by step.

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.

Mission of Goals!

So whats next once you have worked out your vision (refer to earlier blog Vision for life!) and worked out steps to reach it using missions (refer to earlier blog Mission for life!).

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.set and reach goal concept

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.

Day 3 - Pic 2Remember 7 things to remember when executing your goals: After proper planning, execution holds the key to competing the goals to achieve the desired outcome.

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. 

Be Persistent
Be Patience
Be Prepared
Be Progressive
Be Practical
Be Passionate
Have Perceptive.Day 2 - Pic 3

Mission for life!

So we talked about “Vision for life” in our last blog but what next?
As per definition, 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.

Lets take a very simple and general example:Where are you heading

Step 1:

Vision: Retire at age of 60 with financial security, good wealth, with happy and integrated bunch of people called family and friends.

Now this vision is very general and may seems little uninspiring to start with, but it just the beginning and just a statement. We need to work on it to make it more of really vision in life rather then just a statement.

Step 2:
We need to study the gap in realising our vision eventually, using self analysis as well as analysis of circumstance currently we are in. Remember, vision needs to be believed in absolutely and these analysis would help you start believing in your vision since you are acting on your vision firstly, secondly it would show steps to reach your vision at high level and finally makes  your subconscious mind aware of something which is important to you and then brain starts its own process of relating things important to vision.

So lets assume I am 32 at the moment, about to get married and literally have no saving but a study job.StepsToday

First workout your well-being: Being a 32 year old, most probably one is healthy and free from diseases but whats more important is to work towards a healthier life. Well-being considered here is not just physical but also mental and spiritual.

Second workout Professional Life: Workout the growth in current job, your current skill sets, your organisation’s growth rate, industry you work in currently – all this should give one fair idea for next 5 to 10 years of professional life.

Thirdly workout Relationships: How positive, exciting and joyful your relationships are, consider your relations with your partner, friends and community as all of these would affect you.

Finally workout Financials: Where would your current financial earnings take you, considering standard saving rate, inflation, growth in job and other expenses along the way, just rough estimate (but make these estimate and keep them to compare over period as to compare how accurate you are and adjust future estimates accordingly).

Step 3: next steps
From step 2, something would start getting visible to you like areas  you want or need to improve in life like you need to take some courses for professional life or plan to take up studies again part time etc. This would in turn need healthier you so you can work harder which would require you to have a well-being plan. This would also invoke understanding from you relationships, that you would spending time away from them but for better future and its a short term compromise for better long term. So its all related.

Anyways point here to continuously analysis yourself and circumstance and bridge the gap with reasonable action (avoiding analysis paralysis) however small. It might be as small as start reading a book for well-being or related to your professional life or relationships or start saving £10 per week.

Step 4.
Once you have reasonable understanding of yourself and circumstance around you, you start making small project ranging from 6 months to 1 year with multiple task underneath them which are related to each other. May be as simple as have one project for each four vital areas of your life 1. Well-being 2. Relationships 3. Professional life and 4. Financials.

Allocate time to them and divide task as small as weekly tasks and make sure you mark them as complete as you go along every week and make small improvement every time you take incremental action (with each task completed you would build momentum and will to carry on and carry on stronger). It may be as simple as:

First week: 10 mins walk for well-being
Second week: 15 mins walk
Third week: 20 mins walk
Fourth week: 30 mins walk
fifth week: 15 mins jog and 15 mins walk
sixth week: 20 mins jog and 10 mins walk …..

Step 5:Aim for purpose of life @ laywi.com
Be continuous and relentless in your initiatives, follow ups and improving results.

Have tasks which relate to fun and entertainment always as part of over all schema of things so planning is all inclusive like as part of relationship plan holidays together to best places you want to visit and plan them like any other project for example planning for promotion in job or drop 4 kgs of weight. Another example, Make a project like “rejuvenate” under relationships and plan regularly one away weekend each month for 6 next months.

Always check the vision and see if you current action are aligned and leading towards that direction only. Also adjust you actions if the gap seems to be widening or worst case your vision has changed over period but remember vision is purpose of life would not change easily (and you don’t arrive on your vision in one days).


1. Define yourself and your vision

2. Refine yourself towards you vision

3. Align and achieve continuously towards your vision.

A Special Thought:

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Other blogs from LAYWi related to this:

Tennis, Baseball and Life!

The Power of Habit

Me, Attitude, Habits, Environment, Happiness and Life

Vision for life!

Vision is  a buzz word these days, not just within corporate world but also in generally life, thanks to all kind talk shows, books, blogs, presentation and so forth. This one word has phenomenal potential to changes lives but still it does not. So lets try to understand it again.

What is Vision?

Vision is long term view of something which has overarching importance in one’s existence. It’s surely not just a dream but persistent dream which grow in relevance to you, find connection to existing element around you. Its when you mind and heart agree on purpose, purpose for your being.

A special thought: The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart – this you will build your life by, and this you will become. – James Lane Allen

Manage your life with a plan @ laywi.com

How it can help?

  • Vision can inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment when it is strongly believed in. It can solve extremely difficult problem when vision is been lived as part of life.
  • Once earnestly believed in vision, it activates subconscious mind which in turn finds unconnected links and innovative approaches.
  • Works as navigation tool unconsciously, identifying direction and purpose, keeps you on track.
  • Again when earnestly believed in vision, it builds loyalty towards your vision and align your happiness and action.
  • When vision is supported by values, it can set standards of excellence that reflect high ideals and a sense of integrity

A special thought: A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. -Denis Waitley


What’s important to remember when it comes to vision?

  • Your Vision at laywi.comVision has to be believed in absolutely, something you believe in sincerely, which makes you light up on thought of it, helps you go extra mile when you body does not allows you or circumstances block you.
  • Vision is not just statement which could not change with experience but purpose for which means can change and end as but for better but purpose remain intact. Purpose is outcome of all results collectively.
  • Vision has to be acted upon, breaking into short term goals, mid term goals, all eventually rolling up to long term vision. They all have to be aligned.
  • Vision would improve as you go along acting upon it. Initially it might be something which involves to heavily in daydream and planning. It rarely happens as bright idea and it becomes vision, it take time may be year before you arrive upon vision for your life.

A special thought:  Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference. -Joel Barker


When vision isn’t a vision?

  • Is just a goal or set of goals rather then purpose of one’s existence.
  • Is just an ideal scenario, one dreams of and no action is taken to initiate to turn it into reality.
  • Is just something which is externally motivating to you but not something which you heart desires.
  • is just dream or desire if does not have reasonable dates attached to it.

A special thought: The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision. – Helen Keller


Who should have a vision?
I think everyone should have a vision, vision for their life. Vision which makes them happy, makes them go extra mile, make some sacrifices for great good of there vision. Vision which not just motivates them but also people around them.

There has been misconception around having vision where people believe its a very corporate thing rather then personal. Some also believe one task which leadership should fulfill and not individuals. Part of it turn and part not, part which says its a leadership task is true but incase of individual, one has lead his own life (else someone else would) to live his life in his or her own manner.

A special thought:  Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. – Ayn Rand


Where all in life one can have a vision?
One can have vision about:

  • Personal life
  • Relationships
  • Professional Life
  • Well-being

A special thought: Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. – Gail Devers

Time Management for Everyday

“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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Top Ten Tips to Keep Healthy Habits

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.

list3)      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.

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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!

Make it count!

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Every action we create has a consequence no matter how inconsequential it maybe in the bigger scheme of things. In physics it’s Newton’ “every action has an equal and opposite reactions”; in Buddhism it’s called Karma and in practical life it’s called results. How these concepts manifest for us in real life is matter of choice. And consistently making productive choices comes from discipline. Discipline is when you want something bad enough, to fight all the distractions and keep focused. Discipline is like strength training for the mind. I like to call undisciplined people fat in the head, just as one exercises the bodily muscles with dumbbells and resistance training, keeping fatigue and entropy at bay, so does discipline builds a desirable existence by keep distractions and fears at bay.
Now the problem with developing discipline is that people tend to give up mid way assuming ‘this is not for us’, one valuable piece of advice is, no matter how disappointed you are or impossible it seems, don’t give on what are doing just because you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. In fact most of the time we feel like giving up only because we are scared of failure or we haven’t thought through the plan enough to see it happening. Latter is more a prominent reason for giving up. PLANNING is at the core of discipline.
Planning comes naturally in the areas where you are comfortable, because you brain automatically assumes success when you do something you’ve always done. There is no thinking involved, hence the confidence. But the real challenge is uncharted territories. Hence you must gather information outside of you, and provide you brain with a plan that acts as a substitute for your internal unconscious planning that happens when you doing something you’ve always done(habit), giving you the confidence to get closer to your goal each time.
What you lack in habit, you make up in planning. Planning is a deliberately creating a habit. When you feed your mind with all the information needed to tread a path, your internal defense mechanism eases up and you are less likely to give up, because a sense of knowingness takes over. It is one of the reasons, why visualization is highly recommended, it also creates a sense of familiarity with the future. Positive feedback also works in a similar way, you feed positive information to the mind, and it seeks positivity in the surroundings. It’s a little bit like you have planted a plan to seek out only the pleasant in the world.
A plan is like consciously deciding, what you want to see manifest in your life.

Make it habit to plan. Make it a habit to practice productive choices. Make it a habit you feed yourself with information that will help you get closer to your goals.
Our next few blogs would be on creating positive plans for you. Tips on creating healthy habits for career; college or school; health; finances and personal life management.
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