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Context: I’d started to think about writing this journal at around 4:30pm and had been reading the readings, then the rollover hit and I couldn’t write anything; our company has had a massive slump from what it once was. So, I decided to go to Taekwon-Do, initially with the purpose of not having to think about things for a bit.

 

The problem that I had was that I felt rather down because of the team’s result, and didn’t know what to do with this feeling. In the past, when things go wrong, I tend to distance myself from the event so that I don’t feel so much after; a form of self-protection, I guess.

It was in the car driving to Taekwon-Do that I realised that this was exactly the kind of thing that Christensen (2010) was talking about. I’d put value on the “tangible accomplishments” (Christensen, 2010) and not on the stuff that’s tougher to see. I hadn’t put value on how well our team is developing; having a very structured meeting and being able to stay on task and efficient. Shareholder value is not what Management 300 is about (hence only 20% too; the summative journal more accurately would reflect learning). Grades are not what university is about. If I’m feeling down because of a drop in shareholder value, this should be nothing compared to what I should be feeling about drifting relationships with high school friends.

My Taekwon-Do friends reminded me of this, joking around and showing me that all that SHV and grades are is “immediate gratification”; there’s nothing satisfying about it in the long term, and it doesn’t sate that relationship-hunger that we have.

 

There’s a term in Computer Systems Engineering called “priority inversion”. It’s when tasks share a resource that can only be used by one task at a time, and a lower priority task blocks a higher priority task (simplified). It seems like something like that would be so hard to get wrong, but it’s actually common. And I think this is like that; if I can’t change to a lens that sees my purpose and priorities clearly (with a long-term perspective), then I’ll never feel satisfied. This is the true challenge. How do I propose to keep my purpose straight? I think Christensen’s (2010) first step is a good start – allocating my resources, especially my time. I spend a lot of time on uni work. And yes, uni is important and getting good grades is important. But not at the cost of higher priority things. And I think, additionally, that I do realise this at times, but I think – I have time to do that later. It can wait just a little longer. But if it’s really that important, then shouldn’t uni be the one waiting? It’s seeing the importance that is key. Another action – to continue reflecting, even after this course. Perhaps not always written down, but making sure that I know what my priorities are – have they changed? – and keeping track with that. Making sure that I’m allocating my resources in accordance with my priorities.

 

Who do I want to be? I don’t want to have a hollow life that’s tangible-accomplishment-oriented. I want to be able to take a step back, look at my life and say – yes, that’s me; that’s the people around me – look at us – now, aren’t we spectacular?

 

Reference:

Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.

4 Comments

  1. I was really intrigued by your learning journal. I felt you walked me through your thought process and emotions from this week really well. Your writing style is unique and definitely grabbed my attention. I think there was definitely some pretty good reflection going on in this writing. My biggest critique would be that after you had finished with your reflection and pondering some really interesting questions, I would have liked to have read some more about how this will affect your actions. How are you going to avoid having a hollow life? You talk about "allocating (your) resources in accordance with (your) priorities," but I would like to have read a little more about what that is going to look like. I feel like with the addition of that information this would have been a really excellent learning journal; however, with this as your starting point I am very impressed. I enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi Sarah, I seemed to be allocated to review your journal for a third time... however I dont see this as a serious issue as I can not only see the huge improvements you have made, but also enjoy the content of your journals. 

    This weeks journal was great in the way that you not only related the readings to your weekly issues but also related it to external forces outside of Mikes Bikes. I like how you are applying the readings in a more broader context which allows you to see the broader picture and indeed reach those higher levels of blooms taxonomy.

    As a critique there isn't much to say, however reading Jessicas comment above I would agree with what she says about how you would overcome these issues of a "hollow life" however this is more me just being intrigued with your journal as it doesnt affect the quality of your journal at all. 

     

  3. Hi there, 

    I will get to the point and say how i like that you were able to relate this weeks readings to your personal experiences, you showed in-depth understanding by explaining the content thoroughly as well as adding your personal opinions and lastly you didnt make many grammatical errors making the flow of your main ideas easy and simple to read.

    Since i enjoyed reading this there really is not much to critique in all honesty, the only advice i would offer is possibly looking at other articles in relation to this weeks readings and using this as evidence to back up your main points. Congrats for making it this far in the semester, good luck with your summative.

  4. I hope that it suffices to say that I am looking forward to seeing your summative learning journal (in a good way).