Researching in 2019

I mentioned back in 2018 that I would be attempting a “life hack” (Is that the cool term for making a life change?) and since this is the day to kick off the New Year’s resolution thing. I’m hoping to revive an interest in doing research, making some personal changes, and having a little fun expanding my abilities creativity. Anyway, too much info? Here are the “bones,” as my old advisor called them, to an evolving project to understand my relationships with apathy, goal commitment, and self-efficacy. To all of the professional researchers out there, I apologize for the lack of formality in my project. Remember, this is really just for fun.


  • Significance of the Problem: Staying the course, while cliche, has always been a problem for me. I get distracted, bored, or lazy and once the focus is gone, apathy sets in. My choices detour from what is necessary and before long, I’ve lost sight of another potential achievement. As the years have passed by, I can’t help but wonder if I have missed out on too much by being apathetic (not committed, lazy) about doing things. Maybe I’ll be better in 2019, eh, maybe not… See the problem?
  • Theoretical Basis of the Study: We are the choices that we make. Apathy, while much more complex than we know, seems like it has a component rooted in agency, our power to direct our lives (choices). With Self-Determination Theory and Self-Efficacy as the backdrop, I believe that a person’s apathetic tendencies are based on the choices that he/she makes. Therefore, I hope to determine whether there is a relationship between my self-efficacy for each day, my commitment to my goals, and my motivation to remove apathy as a choice towards helping me achieve a series of health-related goals. Understand, that I acknowledge the complex chemical and structural influences related to the presence of apathy in a person. The present “study” does not suppose that those powerful influences should be minimized, but their identification as contributions to this study are beyond my means.
  • Problem Statement: Apathy is a serious roadblock to a variety of health outcomes. Determining ways to stave off apathy and maintain health is important.
  • Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to determine the impact of journaling on the development of apathy towards exercise and writing commitment (and self-efficacy).
  • Research Question: Can I stay true to a bundle of exercise and creative goals throughout 2019?
    • Running two marathons: Expected time under 5:00:00
    • Losing twenty-twenty five pounds and maintaining that weight.
    • Doing ten unassisted/strict pull ups
    • Doing ten pistol squats with each leg
    • Getting seven or more hours of sleep each night
    • Drinking 48-ounces of water each day
    • Eating two or more servings of vegetables each day
    • Engaging in 15-minute meditation sessions 4 times per week
    • Completing a locally designed survey that attempts to identify sub-domains related to apathy
    • Post daily to my blog

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