School has begun

So I haven’t been writing many interesting articles at work these days ever since returning from deployment. I’ve been picking up the lame rather informational pieces that’ll keep you riveted to the floor as you loose yourself in… yeah not my story, but probably your own thoughts. However, I have been writing some lighter hearted almost “blog-like” posts for my new college class I am taking. Yes! College! Nearly nine years later and still working on the same degree I started way back at Michigan Tech. So I am hoping that sharing the discussions I write up in class may add some much needed spunk to this blog. After all, What would a blog be without the meat and potatoes that make it a blog … posts!!!

The following is my week two post on self-regulation, a concept I am very much failing at tonight, but hey, we all need our give-me nights and this has kinda been one of those. But not to worry, I have gotten some work done. Mostly what I like to call professional development though… I research social media and advances in technology in my downtime. Well anyway, words on my friends.

> Self-regulation is the ability to control emotions and behavior (Mossler, 2013). A great deal of importance is placed on this ability to exercise self-control in most social and even personal situations. Relating to Mossler’s (2013) anecdote regarding the warm bread — the same applies to doughnuts and me! Should I have just one or two, or should I eat the entire box!? Simple questions we deal with daily, but how does this all relate to online learning?

There have been many times as I am sitting here studying and think to myself, “I wonder what my friends are up to on Facebook or what’s the latest tech news or jeez I’m behind on all my television shows — I could totally go for some ‘Bones’ right now!” Distractions are all around us, especially for online learners with the web at our fingertips.

Research consistently shows that self-regulation is necessary for reliable emotional well-being (Stosny, 2011). What happens when you fall behind in a class because you couldn’t keep yourself from looking up silly cat gifs on Tumblr or watch people do stupid tricks on YouTube? Emotions go wild Tumblrand you start hating yourself for being a twit. At least that’s the way I feel. Again, enter self-regulation for the win. Emotionally, self-regulation is the ability to calm yourself down when you’re upset and cheer yourself up when you’re down (Stosny, 2011).

Often times at work I look longingly at my schoolwork and think how great it would be to get it done at work so that I can spend more time with my wife when I am home. Don’t get me wrong, my leadership tells us all the time that it’s okay to do schoolwork at work. That is, of course, as long as we have all of our tasks complete. Well, my task list is infinite and as such never really “completed,” so I have to continually make the decision to hold off on my schoolwork until I am home so I can stay focused on getting my work assignments done. Some day, perhaps next class, I will have the time, but now is not that time. So I use my self-regulation skills habitually to stay out of trouble and employed.

References:

Mossler, R. A. (2013). Adult development and learning. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Stosny, S. (2011, October 28). Self-regulation: To feel better, focus on what is most important. Psychology Today [Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/anger-in-the-age-entitlement/201110/self-regulation

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