Before we jump to the last phase, let’s do a quick review of how we’re defining self-regulation and its first two phases.
- Self-regulation — planning, monitoring, and evaluating your behaviors in order to learn from and optimize end results over time.
- Planning phase — considering various aspects of a situation and establishing a plan (e.g., bedtime routine).
- Monitoring phase — checking both your progress on the task and the quality of your output as your plans are being implemented.
The evaluation phase is the final phase. It uses information gathered from the planning and monitoring phases in order to evaluate results and modify future plans.
How does the PaceMyDay app integrate the evaluation phase? As mentioned in the previous blog post, the app prompts you to rate your energy level after the optimal task duration has elapsed, allowing you to become aware of how doing that task for that length of time impacts your energy. In addition, it provides comprehensive reports to help you (and any professionals you designate) to better manage your sleep, daily tasks, and–ultimately–your overall fatigue.
Now let’s look at several specific ways the PaceMyDay app integrates evaluation throughout its various steps.
- Optimal task duration and stopping tasks — As you know, each task is associated with an initial optimal duration. The PaceMyDay app will track when you work on a task for the entire optimal duration period as well as when you stop the task prematurely. When stopping a task prematurely, the app will prompt you to identify why you are stopping the task. The options for stopping the task are:
- Too Tired
- Something Came Up
- Completed Early
The information gathered can be used to evaluate such things as how long you can stay at a specific task and whether the optimal duration you identified is realistic.
- My Day — The MyDay screen can also help with the evaluation phase. It provides the list of the tasks selected for the day with a checkmark to indicate the task was worked on for the optimal duration. The number of checkmarks indicates the number of times the task was worked on throughout the day. For instance, a task with four checkmarks indicates you worked on that task 4 times for the optimal duration for the task.
- Charts & Reports — Charts and reports provide a comprehensive review of sleep patterns, task completion, and task performance that can be used for evaluation purposes.
Self-regulation plays an important role in energy management. This series of blog posts provided just a few of the ways that the concept of self-regulation is integrated throughout the PaceMyDay app. Stay tuned for more about self-regulation and more information about PaceMyDay app features.