As luck would have it, I have just finished reading a book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This was a gift from someone who knows me very well! It was an exceptionally useful book for me, as I really have no willpower or staying power. Duhigg says all I need is to is to identify the cue that drives an existing habit, and replace that habit with the thing I would rather do, and identify a reward that goes with this.
So, for me the habit I have is lying in bed day dreaming. The cue for this is drinking the night before. So, I am now a person who has a habit of getting up by 7am regardless of what happened the night before.
The extra hour this gives me on a work day will be split between maintaining my studies and running. Note: this is not enough time to complete my studies, but it is enough time to make sure I know what needs to be done, and to blog about my reflections. On weekends, I will use some of those extra hours (there is more than one hour per day on weekends!) making handbags. This is my "reward"!
Today I have read through the course guide. This is new for me. Normally I cannot resist diving headlong into the course. My normal pattern is that somewhere around TMA3 I realise how I should have been framing all of my work. Naturally, the OU are normally good enough to spell this out in the course guide which I didn't read properly!
So, the course has four learning objectives (although I am hard pressed right now to distinguish three of them apart)
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Key skills
- Practical and Professional skills
- Planned and emergent strategies for development
- Inclusion and exclusion
- Challenging inequalities
- knowing and "finding out"
- Constraints and parameters on action