I am one week into my inquiry. It’s been an eye-opening experience as I come to know more about why I make the choices I do. I’ve really enjoyed listening to my audiobook about self-control and the idea that making good choices at the end of the day is so much more difficult because we have run out of self-control. It’s as if we only have a certain amount of allotted self-control each day, and once we’ve used it up, we experience willpower fatigue and our ability to make decisions that require self-control, such as going to the gym at the end of the workday, becomes much more difficult.
In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, President Barack Obama was quoted as saying, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” (Lewis, 2015).
Routines help us reduce the number of decisions we have to make in a day and allow us to focus on more important things. I am in the process of looking at which decisions I can routinise to make sure I have enough self-control energy available during my day to make those healthy life-style decisions.
As for self-regulated learning strategies, my reflective journal is working well. I’ve started writing the reflection the next morning, as opposed to that evening, as I am just too tired to give it the energy it needs. I think it also helps to be a little bit further removed from the experience. I can reflect on it more critically and less judgementally that I could in the evening, when the experience is newer.
The microscope reflection technique worked well and allowed me to identify some patterns I need to be aware of.
I am really enjoying working on my concept map. It is proving a useful way to capture ideas and thoughts. I have added stars to items that I need to put into action when I get to goal 3 (implementing my learning), as well as notes where I’ve written personal reflections and made connections to my experiences.
It is a lot of work though as every reflection I write seems to prompt new questions that I need to research and find out more about, then interpret based on my experience and decide where to go next.
Lewis, M. (2015, January 29). Michael Lewis: Obama’s Way. Retrieved July 22, 2017, from http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2012/10/michael-lewis-profile-barack-obama