Zone oo Action

Overview: Anchoring new habits Creating an implementation plan that was effective for a zone 00 design has been a challenge. I experimented with all sorts of goal setting exercises, but how does one set a goal saying they will drink nettle infusion every morning? This led me to create a new strategy for crafting a workable zone 00 implementation plan. I realised many of my desires were actually just new habits and therefore identified 'habits to anchor', which are practices I want to integrate into my life. These may be specific life guidelines e.g. only 3 cups of caffeine tea per day, or they may be part of a regular cycle like below. Weekly Cycles
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Staying Focused John Stowe describes staying aligned as when you cultivate your ability to access inner clarity, wisdom, direction & purpose. I seek to access the focus, clarity & sense of purpose that will make my actions effective in achieving my long term goals. In order to re-align regularly I have explored potential ways & means of this below: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback
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Seasonal Cycles
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Cycles of Self Care When one starts to really embody permaculture thinking its easy to see processes as cyclic, and we can start to use these cycles and spirals to our advantage. Below are some cycles of self care that I wish to anchor into my life:

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Daily Cycles
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Making nourishing herbal infusions Do 10 minute workout every morning and/or morning stretch routine Record feelings & observations in learning journal Spend at least 15 mins outside with no working task, simply to connect & tune in Talk about my feelings to my partner, a friend or family Do my emails and next actions from 8.30-10am per day and use evenings for my project work, to ensure there I am achieving my strategic goals

Minimum of one lie in a week with no alarm Attend fitness class in Compton Dundon Do weightlifting session at least once per week Make at least one meal with wild foods Make at least one new raw food recipe At least one evening per week be computer-free Email friends in prison Call grandparents Update blog & websites at least once per week Spend at least two whole day equivalents working on the land

Celebrate the solstices Re-design altar on solstices Visit sacred places Review growth & achievements from previous seasonal festival

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Regularly question the intentions of my projects (see integration table) Listen to & act on my intuition Ruthlessly prioritise to maintain focus but recognise the multiple levels of involvement from leadership, to collaborative to solidarity. Involvement in projects can be reduced without being disregarded or valued Review goals on a monthly basis Use action learning questions on a monthly basis Allow for a regular deeper check in to see if choices are aligned with deep soul purpose e.g. time spent in Cornwall or at pagan gatherings

Yearly cycles (Pagan calendar not roman calendar)
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Other actions to reinforce my purpose that are effective for me personally include:
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Monthly Cycles
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Review finances Email family with update Visit Grandparents at least every 6 weeks Card reading Review goals Ask 4 action learning questions & write on blog Every fortnight walk up hill & run back via village at least once Noting the moon correspondences for the garden Undertake at least one session of creativity e.g. making something, writing non-fiction

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Set a budget for the year incl. personal development budget Design in times for quality nourishment e.g. trips away or periods of rest at home Set goals for the year Do an internal vision quest & find an animal & plant ally to guide me through the year Do a 6 month & yearly review for the previous year Design learning pathway for the year Decide project priorities by Imbolc each year Invest in at least one new tattoo or self-loving item

Redesigning my altar & displaying materials e.g. vision board Carrying amulets charged with intent Tattooing as affirmation Reading daily statement of intent Reading affirmations

I also undertook research to see what other systems people had established themselves to maintain focus & these have influenced this design. Blogger Dave Cheong identified 11 ways of staying focused: 1. Having well defined goals 2. Breaking things into bite sized chunks 3. Prioritising constantly 4. Tracking progress vigorously 5. Planning ahead without fail 6. Rewarding myself when warranted 7. Having positive patterns with my routine 8. Removing distractions as best I can 9. Blocking out some time 10. Keeping the results clear in mind 11. Enlisiting my family & friends for help.

© Nicole Vosper, Wild Heart Permaculture 2012

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