The essence of the LIFESMART is the interplay of daily LIFE and SMART projects

Daily LIFE Activities

Daily LIFE activities or routines are intended to

  • L: create conditions for Learning daily
  • I: discover and develop Interests
  • F: enhance Family interactions
  • E: foster Engagement with community

Daily LIFE activities are in our comfort zone. We expand and evolve daily LIFE activities gradually over time.

SMART Projects

Daily LIFE activities develop capacity for SMART projects with well-defined goals:

  • S: Specific
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Attainble
  • R: Relevant
  • T: Time-framed

The movement of the blue circle in the animation shows daily LIFE. …


Who is a LIFESMART parent?

Ananth and I have been working on the LIFESMART wheel. The LIFESMART wheel is a thinking and talking tool. It summarizes the LIFESMART approach on a series of circles. Users can explore the LIFESMART components, discover relationships, and see how parts work together. The LIFESMART wheel is intended to encourage a systematic yet flexible exploration of the LIFESMART approach.

One use of the LIFESMART wheel is to answer questions such as:

Who is a LIFESMART parent?

The elements of the wheel represent a set of indicators to pay attention to as a LIFESMART parent.

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Awareness…


The LIFESMART Indicators

A key challenge while parenting children with autism and related challenges is answering the question: How am I doing?

Parents juggle myriad therapies, education, and daily life. Despite numerous activities, progress may be slow initially. Parents may have a difficult time figuring out how they are doing, what is working, and what can be done differently. As a parent, I never knew if I was doing the right things. Was I doing enough? Am I putting my effort into things are moving closer to my goal or should the time be spent doing something else?”

Over the…


The dashboard below is our first exploration of the LIFESMART dashboard with Thortspace.

The LIFESMART Dashboard is organized by macro-projects. A macro-project is a long-term project whose goals and activities are clarified over time. Further, all resources and capacities needed for the macro-project may not be available at the outset.

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The five ADDIT components are used to track macro-project development and implementation:

  • Awareness (Orange): Learn about project possibilities
  • Discovery (Yellow): Align project with LIFE (Learn daily, Interests, Family Interactions, Engagement with community) goals
  • Direction (Green): Define SMART micro-projects
  • Integration (Blue): Use capacities and resources to do micro-projects
  • Transformation (Pink): Track…


10–24–2020: Ananth’s Analytics Animations

The dashboard below is our first exploration of the LIFESMART dashboard with animations. The design of this dashboard is inspired by lessons 7.2 and 7.3 of HashHackCode Creative Coding curriculum.

The LIFESMART Dashboard is organized by macro-projects. A macro-project is a long-term project whose goals and activities are clarified over time. Further, all resources and capacities needed for the macro-project may not be available at the outset.

The five ADDIT components are used to track macro-project development and implementation:

  • Awareness (Orange): Learn about project possibilities
  • Discovery (Yellow): Align project with LIFE (Learn daily, Interests, Family Interactions…

Play it forward (sharing ideas, experiences, and insights) to seek guidance and feedback from members of your network. Often, people broadcast successes. However, sharing work in progress is often more valuable. Sharing work in progress creates opportunities for people in your network to give you meaningful feedback. When you respond to those suggestions and try new activities because of feedback, members of your network are motivated to continue giving you feedback.

The ten ideas below are based on the notion of sharing work in progress. The first five ideas are about sharing your journey and the development of projects over…


Learning by Playing it Forward

Playing it forward is the process of sharing our ideas, experiences, and insights with members of our networks to seek suggestions and feedback and to contribute to others. One of the key reasons to play it forward is to grow connections.

Playing it forward enables us to maintain a clear and consistent presence in networks. As I started sharing ideas, concepts, and tools in The Ecology of Systems Thinking group, I started developing my own approach to playing it forward. I continued refining this approach in my Managing Moments and Learning4LIFE groups. …


In 2015, I joined the Ecology of Systems Thinking (EoST) group. I briefly mentioned my work while introducing myself. Several members responded. Soon, I started interacting with a few members regularly. When I started my Managing Moments group, several members from The Ecology of Systems Thinking joined my group. They have continued to contribute by sharing ideas, providing feedback, and testing Managing Moments tools and practices as they have evolved.

How did the EoST and other groups become an important part of my journey?

I see playing it forward (sharing ideas, experiences, insights in networks) as the vehicle that transformed…


My Journey to Branding

Meeting Boaz Santiago of Boaz Branding in 2014 was a defining moment for Growing Systems of Success (GSS).

Don’t Know what I don’t Know

In 2014, I viewed my study of The PhD Project as a research project. Some of the components of what is now GSS had been developed. Other pieces were yet to be discovered. The name GSS had not been coined.

Awareness

This is a story where I have a vivid memory of how something began. At our first meeting, Boaz said “Dr. Rama, I think you should stop writing and do some…


The Growing Systems of Success (GSS) Workbook

This article is the first of a series of articles included in our workbook on creating and maintaining a GSS Moments Journal. The workbook is available here.

A Growing Systems of Success (GSS) story:

Investments in systems of success catalyzes projects. As we grow our connections and conversations, we experience moments of clarity that inform choice.

Five Moments of Clarity for GSS journal produced by tamaala arts:

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Awareness

01/05/2019: Became aware of stationery box from tamaala when I received a box at a conference. Idania Cater had suggested creating a GSS journal so…

rama.dasaratha

Professor, home educator, and entrepreneur. Developer of the LIFESMART philosophy and approach to learning.

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