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Plan for Your Goals with the Right Ways

Plan for Your Goals with the Right Ways

3 Nudges You Must Have for Starting a Successful Year in 2018

If you are looking for guides to set your goals for 2018, read this article on what you should be equipped with for making your goals solid and achievable with the three Nudges that we are about to discuss.

What is Nudge?

In 2017, Nudge Theory has helped the famous economist Richard Thaler win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Richard Thaler becomes one of the very few behavioral economists to receive the discipline’s highest honor for his contributions to behavioral economics especially as a pioneer of "nudges".

So what is Nudge and why it creates huge impacts on many life aspects? Based on Wikipedia, Nudge theory (or nudge) is a concept in behavioral science, political theory, and economics which proposes positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance to influence the motives, incentives and decision making of groups and individuals. The claim is that nudges are at least as effective, if not more effective, than direct instruction, legislation, or enforcement.

In simpler words, human behavior is highly affected or "guided" by what surrounding or accessible to us, understanding this human behavior tendency, it is important to create a "Good Nudge" to place around to encourage better decision and actions. For examples: If you realize you have the tendency of choosing high calories food, instead of fight your desire to resist the foods, make more tasty and healthy food approachable more easily.

In a higher perspective, if you are fighting to avoid a bad habit, instead of fighting the hard way to resist the bad habit, make a replacement habit that attractive to you and easily approachable, this will be much more effective. In short, Nudge helps to create a favorable environment and system that favor to the better decision.

Read this title by the pioneer of Nudges to know about how nudge impacts our life - Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - by Richard Thaler.

Three Nudges for Starting A Successful Year

With the year 2018 just starting, it is a good point that we start creating and putting some good "Nudges" in our life and surrounding, in order to form good habits and flow. Here we suggested 3 great Nudges to help you start your 2018 well!

To summarize these 3 nudges in the visible forms:
i) Clean surrounding and spirit for a new start,
ii) Great book for mastering goal setting skill,
iii) Single and simple tool to mark and track Goals

To summarize these 3 nudges in solid actions:
i) "Spring Cleaning" for spirit and environment,
ii) Set clear and achievable goals,
iii) Mark and refer daily to clear goals at most reachable place

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Nudge I: Spring Cleaning for Spirit and Environment

Early in the year is a very good time to hit the refreshing button. To ensure we have space, energy to work on new goals and tasks, this is the time we can get rid of whatever bad stuff, habits, or energy, and having something new, clean, and positive to start the year.

Cleaning always sounds tiring and boring to some people so they will prefer do it the fastest way by throwing away everything unwanted or simply skip it.

But we could actually treat it as a great ceremony to learn about ourselves while reviewing what, why and how we possess something, and whether we still need them. This triggers the self-review sessions on desires and behavior. Giving away something that we no longer need not only give a second life to the item, creating a more pleasing environment when we surrounding with only important stuff, it also helps to create more mindful thoughts when we possess something.

Spring cleaning is not limited to cleaning of our environment, it could be a ceremony to do "Spiritual Spring Cleaning" as well. This is the time we do the review for the past, understanding, forgiving, improving, and move ahead. We could also utilize the new skill that we had just learned about "Nudge" for learning the new living style that nudges us to live towards our dream lifestyle instead of trying hard to get rid of habits or lifestyles that we don't like.

We have curated some useful topics to help you master the art of spring cleaning for both spiritual and environmental, and picking up the new lifestyles that make you happier. Click here for the list of these titles that will have great impacts on your life.

Books that help you declutter your life and surrounding:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
1) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondō

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international best seller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home - and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Dan Sha Ri 斷捨離:斷絕不需要的東西,捨棄多餘的廢物,脫離對物品的執著,改變30萬人的史上最強人生整理術!
2) Dan Sha Ri
by Hideko Yamashita

If you are able to read languages other than English, we strongly recommend you to read on Dan Sha Ri by Hideko Yamashita, about mastering the skill of "decluttering in different aspects of life".
Long before Marie Kondo’s #1 bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up took the world by storm, another Japanese bestselling author, Hideko Yamashita, introduced the underlying concept of “Dan Sha Ri.” More than just the art of decluttering one’s closets and drawers, Dan Sha Ri teaches us how to carefully observe our relationship to the stuff to which we cling and to free our minds of attachments which do not serve us. If you were intrigued by Ms. Kondo’s book and would like to dig deeper into the ideas which inspired it, you’ll love Dan Sha Ri. It could help you to get rid of the unwanted things so you can build up what you really want.
Clean My Space
3) Clean My Space : The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day
by Melissa Maker

Melissa Maker is beloved by fans all over the world for her completely re-engineered approach to cleaning. As the dynamic new authority on home and living, Melissa knows that to invest any of our precious time in cleaning, we need to see big, long-lasting results. So, she developed her method to help us get the most out of our effort and keep our homes fresh and welcoming every day.
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
4) The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up : A Magical Story
by Marie Kondō

This graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration.
Books for the trending lifestyle that make you happier:

The Little Book of Hygge
5) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
by Meik Wiking
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge.
'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.'
Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.
The Little Book of Ikigai
6) The Little Book of Ikigai: The secret Japanese way to live a happy and long life
by Ken Mogi
Find out how to live a long and happy life thanks to the ikigai miracle, a Japanese philosophy that helps you find fulfilment, joy and mindfulness in everything you do.
It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women's ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously.
Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to ikigai:
Pillar 1: Starting small
Pillar 2: Releasing yourself
Pillar 3:Harmony and sustainability
Pillar 4:The joy of little things
Pillar 5:Being in the here and now
The Little Book of Lykke
7) The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People
by Meik Wiking
It's easy to see why Denmark is often called the world's happiest country. Not only do they have equal parental leave for men and women, free higher education and trains that run on time, but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.
We can certainly learn a lot from the Danes about finding fulfilment, but the keys to happiness are actually buried all around the globe.
In this captivating book, the author takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

Nudge II: Refer Daily to Clear and Achievable Goals At Most Reachable Place

To have a fruitful year ahead, it is so important to set clear and achievable goals at the beginning of the year.

By the way, although we know how important to have goals set, yet we always procrastinate to set goals or simply left behind whatever goals that we have set when days passed by. Most of the time, this happens due to the lacking of skills to set goals right in the first place. One could easily set his goals based on his current thoughts, feeling or desire, or set it too high that it could only happen if some miracles occur. No wonder those goals fail miserably.

To have a successful goal planning, don't jump into the goal-setting mode in rush, take some time to pick up the correct skills to help you do the right job. To help you with this, we have curated a list of titles that can really help you to look into your desires in life, better align your goals and forms achievable tasks and habits towards the goals. Why not just treat it as your first goal in this year for reading a title on mastering goal setting technique, pick up at least one title to read, then you have your first goal achieved in action! Click here for the list of titles that are powerful for mastering goal planning and goal achieving skills.

Books that help you understand your desires and do realistic checks before setting your goals:

The Desire Map
1) The Desire Map
by Danielle LaPorte

Most life-planning tools focus on external attainment and results. Which is valuable. Getting results is what moves your life forward. Except that most goal-setting systems fail to harness the most powerful driver behind any aspiration: your preferred feelings; and they foster an uptight determination that can keep us from the vitality we crave.
The Desire Map program is changing all of that. You could call it holistic life-planning. The inner meets the outer. The spirit drives the material.
Put Your Dream to the Test
2) Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions That Will Help You See It and Seize It
by John C. Maxwell

What's the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to best-selling author Dr. John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you've lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, "Put Your Dream to the Test" provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream. Dr. Maxwell draws on his forty years of mentoring experience to expertly guide you through the ten questions required of every successful dreamer.
Books that help you on setting promising goals:

Creating Your Best Life
3) Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
by Caroline Adams Miller, Michael B. Frisch

Creating Your Best Life supplies dozens of interactive exercises and quizzes readers can use to identify their most cherished needs, ambitions, and wishes. The exercises are fun, making the process of self-discovery enjoyable and productive. The authors unique life list coaching program organizes life lists into 16 key areas that are universally known to make people happy to help you actually achieve your aspirations. No other life list book offers research-validated information on why certain steps matter in goal accomplishment, or even how goals are connected with any type of life satisfaction.
Your Best Year Ever
4) Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals
by Michael Hyatt

We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner--and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. To understand why most of the goals set failed, read this article on three key things you should do for a successful goal planning.

The author shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving goals. Readers learn how to design their best year ever to close the gap between reality and their dreams.
Books that show you how to really working on your goals:

The Achievement Habit
5) The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life
by Bernard Roth

The author introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve goals you never thought possible. Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals.

In The Achievement Habit, Roth applies the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects—to help us realize the power for positive change we all have within us. Roth leads us through a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives.
The Slight Edge
6) The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
by Jeff Olson

This is a popular book that outlines a way of thinking and a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. It's not just another self-help motivation tool or methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. The Slight Edge shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools already within you.
Do More Great Work
7) Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters.
by Michael Bungay Stanier

You work hard. You put in the hours. Yet you feel like you are constantly treading water with "Good Work" that keeps you going but never quite moves you ahead. Or worse, you are mired in "Bad Work"—endless meetings and energy-draining bureaucratic traps.

Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing "Great Work"—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and truly satisfies us.

This book show the way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work.
Nudge yourself towards your goals:
After setting your goals, it is time to put some "Nudges" in your life to keep you progressing towards your goals. Read this title written by the pioneer of "Nudge".

8) Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

From the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics, Richard H. Thaler, and Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein, this book named the Best Books by many lists.

Every day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones.

Using dozens of eye-opening examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, this book shows that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.
Books that help you keep up the success circle:

Serial Winner
9) Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success
by Larry Weidel

If you always wonder why there are some people who seem to move from success to success, with barely a pause or dip in between, this book is for you. You will be benefited tremendously from the mentorship of some of these serial winners. Applying and adapting their lessons with 5 basic actions of the Cycle of Winning will allow you to achieve extraordinary success and live a rewarding life.

Nudge III: Consolidated and Simple Tool to Mark and Track Goals

Once you have the right skills to set your goals, the next step is to have the right tools to help you mark down your goals and track your progress. There are so many ways to do this job, and this also normally the reason why it is very easy to fail in this job too. Since there are so many options to do planning and tracking: diary, phone apps, calendar, and so on, one easily has too many different tracking systems running at the same time. And they soon get lost track when things get divergent in the different systems. This is another main reason why goal settings fail miserably.

We suggest limiting your tracking at one place, this way can help you to have a clear mind on where and what to refer to when you advance. Select one approach that you are able to bring along with you most of the time. Some people prefer mobile apps, some prefer hard copy write out, either way will do.

If you are someone like us who prefer writing out your mind, here is our suggestion: a clear planner. Why? Because a simple and clear planner can help you create your very custom style of planning yet clear and simple enough for staying focus on the goals. We recommend these plain yet elegant planners to do the best job.

Clear Planner that help you plan your goals and track your progress:

1) Kraft Coil Loose-leaf Notepad
Kraft Coil Loose-leaf Notepad (RM9)

Plain Japan's and South Korea's Style Notebook with various cover options (leather brown/black color) and page options (white or brown color).
2) Sketch Wood and Stone Journal Notebook
Sketch Wood and Stone Original Hand-painted Journal Notebook (RM9.6)

Simple and artistic illustration cover with plain pages.
3) Minimalist White Sketch Notes
Minimalist White Sketch Notes (RM12.5)

A white cover blank sketch book suitable for minimalist. Page options can be selected from blank, lines, dot, or grids.
4) 3 Years Record of the Journal
3 Years Record of the Journal (RM25.7)

This journal allows you to easily record the same day in three years within the same page, a good way to record your life in three years and review by dates. 5 Years Record of the Journal is also available.
5) Silicone Cover Blocks Notebook
Silicone Cover Blocks Notebook (RM23.9)

A very cool blocks Notebook with reusable silicone cover.
6) Miyazaki Totoro Wooden Journal
Miyazaki Totoro Wooden Journal (RM24.9)

If you are a Miyazaki's fan, you will love this wooden notebook of Totoro.
7) Vintage Blank Journal
Vintage Blank Journal (RM18.2)

Simple blank notebook with vintage blue, black, brown or yellow cover available.
Have a great start for 2018!