See The Health Connection To Better Play: Part 1
In this blog entry I will out-line how to make a customized Action Plan by sharing the plan I made for myself.
As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I’ve decided to try to “be a change I’d like to see in the world” and specifically create a customized Action Plan intended to help me be a healthier and more effective playmate and general human being.
Sounds like a BIG goal… right? There was a time in my life where I probably would have jumped into this endeavor, guns blazing, only to burn myself out in less than twenty minutes. Today I go about goals a little differently and have seen much better returns on my investments of time, energy and emotions.
First: It’s important to remember to pace yourself and set up measurable systems that simply allow you to track your goal’s progress. I use Google Forms to make a customized questionnaire that automatically tracks the data by filtering it into a Google Spreadsheet. This allows me to easily track my progress and makes the process of accomplishing my goal measurable. You can create a Google Form by using THIS link.
Second: THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN! Be sure to focus your goals around materials and subject matter that truly motivates you. We are no different from our children. If your goals are fun and inspiring, you will be far more likely to sustain the adventure through the long term.
Right now my motivations are… my warm bed, organic farming and music. I was going to be ambitious and create a three part goal that targeted my body, mind and soul; however, it’s important for me to follow my own advice and keep this simple… So this Action Plan is going to focus on just the goal for my body. (In the future I will post blog entries that focus on my mind and soul).
Third: It’s important to remember to BE KIND TO YOURSELF! When I create Action Plans, for myself or a client, I am constantly evaluating and re-evaluating the process. If my (or my client’s) behavior changes at some point, I choose to look at this as an opportunity for change rather than look at the situation as a “lack of willpower” or a failure. Instead I ask myself…
QUESTION: Why has my behavior changed? Am I still motivated to execute this plan as it currently is, or do I need to adjust it?
ANSWER: Life is constantly changing and adapting. It’s healthy for human beings to change and adapt too. What works for you in January, might not work in April… so look at your Action Plan as a flexible and growing work of art. It’s okay to make changes as you go; however, when you do make a change… keep it simple and document how the changes make the Action Plan more or less effective.
And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for…
Kristen’s Action Plan To Become An Awesome Play Buddy (Better Body Edition)
Undergo a four-week fermentation process and document the attitudinal and health effects that occur, to see if my energy levels increase and if my mental state will become more positive.
(Step 1) Buy various organic vegetables and ferment them using the process I learned from Cheryl Passwater at Contraband Ferments, in Brooklyn.
(Step 2) Take picture of the three week fermentation process and document (on Google Forms) how you feel mentally about the process.
(Step 3) Pick some of the ferments to eat over the fourth week. Document (on Google Forms) how you feel physically and mentally.
(Step 4) Evaluate the spreadsheet that Google Forms has created and determine if you have made progress in accomplishing your goal. Decide if you want to continue your Action Plan or re-evaluate the plan.
(Step 5) Pat yourself on the back! No matter what you just made an active effort towards positive change!!! YEAH!
*Check out my next blog entry where I begin to show you the beginning efforts of my Action Plan… in ACTION!