Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Lessons from games: Motivations and reflection
In my last post, I discussed video game motiviations. How can they be applied to the practice of daily reflection for improvement? Why not simply use the list of needs as a checklist of things to consider in the reflection? Not only is it likely to improve my performance, but is also a roadmap to making my days more personally rewarding.
- What did I learn today?
- What didn't I know and need to learn?
- Can I learn it right now?
- To what areas should I devote deliberate practice to improve my skills?
- Would I benefit from coaching or seeing myself in action?
- What do I feel that I am coming to master?
- How was I challenged to persevere on a difficult but worthwhile project today?
- Was there an example where perseverence paid benefits?
- What did I create today or help others to create?
- What recent improvements did I work into my routines today?
- Danger Management
- Any threats or conflicts avoided, finessed or defused?
- How am I doing relative to others?
- What can I do to improve my ranking?
- Am I getting immediate feedback on my performance?
- How did I help others today?
- How did cooperation help each of us do better today?
- Am I building or depleting social capital?
- Did I demonstrate caring for others today?
- Did others care for me? Did I show gratitude?
- How might others benefit if I showed more caring and gratitude and what opportunities should I watch for?
- Emotional Regulation
- Was I able to control my emotions in order to attain peak performance?
- What other emotional controls do I need to work on?
- Optimal Choice
- What choices did I make today that were particularly pleasing?
- How am I taking advantage of my opportunities?
- In particular, what choices did I make in terms of my attitude, emotional responses and assumed motives of others that improved my day?
- What choices did I make that should have been made differently?
Posted at 12:00 AM