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The primary obstacle to my plans of exercise and meditation is time. My attempts at exercising are often short-circuited because I stay up too late and can’t get out of bed early enough to do it before I leave for work. There are a few ways I can work around this obstacle. One, I can make a concerted effort to go to bed early the night before I am supposed to exercise. Similarly, I will not schedule my exercise to be done on mornings after I know I will be out late. For example, I won’t schedule it for Thursday mornings after being in our class until 10:00 and not getting home until 11:00 or 11:30 the night before. The final workaround is I can take a later
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Ken Redford Personal Action Plan – Draft #1 7 train on the weekdays I do my exercises. This will allow me to sleep a little later and still get my exercises done. In relation to my meditation activities, I know it will be easy to get wrapped up in a project and say I don’t have time to stop and spend 10 minutes meditating. While occasionally there can be some truth to such statements, I can minimize this obstacle in at least two ways. I will block off thirty minutes from 12:30 to 1:00 and prevent other meetings from being scheduled during that time. Surely I can then find 10 minutes during that range to do my mediation. Also, I will ask my wife to hold me accountable for this work. She has encouraged me to do this for a long time and I am sure she will happily check up on me each night when I come home. I will track these activities in a simple chart showing the days of the week for each week in the plan period, with boxes to mark off whenever I perform these tasks as scheduled. If I see a bunch of holes in this chart (i.e. I’m not following my plan as desired), I will move some things around. First, I will try moving my exercise to the evening, probably around 9:00 or 9:30. This option has worked for me in the past, but not usually as well as a morning workout. If my planned meditation time is where I’m falling down, I will try moving it to the first thing I do when I arrive at the office. While this does not have the benefit of giving me a break in the middle of the day, it may increase the likelihood of fulfilling this goal because I usually get to the office before most of my staff does. Therefore, interruptions would be less likely. As mentioned earlier, my primary desired outcome from this plan is to better manage my stress. More to the point, I want to “feel” less stress. How will I know I am feeling less stress? First, I will be aware of the places on my body where I most store up stressful tension, my neck and shoulders. If my plan is successful, I should feel more relaxed in those areas. Second, I will be aware of how my body reacts to stress-inducing events. Currently, I often find my heart
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Ken Redford Personal Action Plan – Draft #1 8 beating faster when stress enters my life. I expect to find my heart having a better reaction to such events at the end of this plan’s work, either recovering more quickly from the initial shock or not speeding up at all. Additionally, I believe that I will sleep better if I learn to manage my stress better. Particularly in times of intense stress, I often find it difficult to “turn my mind off” at night. If I effectively increase my stress tolerance, such episodes should be less frequent. Finally, besides these physical benefits, I expect my family and friends to notice a difference in how I handle stressful situations. At the end of the plan period, I will quiz my wife and a few friends and see if this expectation is met. Unlike the paper chains I used to make to count down the days to Christmas, this chain will be challenging to build but also harder to break. By focusing both on increasing my optimism and increasing my stress tolerance, I believe success is more likely and the resulting links in this chain will be much sturdier. The work will be demanding but I strongly believe achieving success in this plan will be well worth it.
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  • Summer '11
  • MohamedAbdelmoula
  • Management, Pessimism, Ken Redford

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