I’ve been practicing karate at home and keeping practice notes. I’ve also kept a list of things from my practice that I’ve worked on and want to remember.
I want to start a project using this list of things to remember. I want to go through the list and color code it according to how well I’ve learned each thing so far (see the list at the end of the post to get an idea of what I mean by this).
Here’s a partial project plan for this project:
Goal: To put the things on the list into useful categories, in order to help me in evaluating and planning my practice sessions.
Resources: The important resource for this is time. I don’t know how long this project will take. My estimate is it’ll take 1-10 hours. I expect it’ll be worth that time to me.
- Come up with some categories to start with, keeping in mind the purpose of the categories.
- Start going through my list and putting things into categories. If I come to things that I don’t have a good category for, consider making a new category. If I find there’s a category I don’t use, get rid of it.
- At the end, think again about whether my current categories will be helpful to my practice and about whether I think I’ve categorized things well. If necessary, go through the list again and make changes.
How might the project fail?:
- I might quit before I start. I’d still have practiced some project planning.
- I might find it difficult to categorize some things. I think what I should do for each form is go through it before consulting my list. Then when I read the list for that form, I can probably remember whether I did that thing correctly that time. If I can’t remember, I think I can guess whether I didn’t remember because the new way of doing that thing was already a habit or because I forgot to do it the new way.
- I might end up with too many categories to keep in mind at once. I think that would be okay. I could consult my list of categories.
- I might change my mind about what categories to use enough times that I get tired of going through the whole list with the new categories in mind. That might be an indication that the project is too hard for me. If that happens, I could try making simpler, broader categories.
Evaluation: I might forget to or not want to evaluate this project formally after I’ve done it. However, I expect that as I try to use the results of the project (the color-coded list) in the future, I’ll have thoughts about how well this project went. I may find that the categories I ended up with weren’t useful (in that case I could redo the project) or that I hadn’t categorized things well.
Here are the categories I’ve got so far.
- blue: I know it, won’t forget it even if I don’t think about it or do it for a year, and I almost always do it correctly without thinking about it.
- green: I know it and do it correctly now, but might forget it if I don’t think about it for a while.
- purple: I know it if I think about it, will think about it correctly for at least a year, but often don’t do it correctly when I’m not thinking about it.
- pink: I can’t physically do it.
- black: none of the above
Most of the things on the list are physical movements. Mostly they are things I can physically do but am studying because I was not doing them correctly or not doing the correct thing at the correct time.
For the Korean terminology on the list, knowing it means I can translate it both English to Korean and Korean to English and can also spell it in Korean using English letters.