George Mason University

Lifestyle Management
through System Analysis



Understand Your Life

Take a scientific approach to accomplishing your resolution.  Start by understanding your habits and events that trigger them.  Make   sure you are aware of how you live and how various parts of your life are interconnected..  This lecture reviews procedures you can follow to understand how your environment and external events affect your habits. 


  1. Analyze how external events affect your motivation
  2. Create a flow chart of events leading to your diet and exercise habits
  3. Analyze cycles of repetitive events
  4. Make list of routine events and analyze their influence on your diet and exercise habits.

Assigned Reading

  1. Read Chapter  5:  Tools for Understanding complex projects in thinking person's weight loss and exercise program.  Pages 66-79. 


  1.  Lecture on understanding your lifestyle  Slides► 2003 version►  Listen►  SWF►

What you know?

Advanced learners like you, often need different ways of understanding a topic. Reading is just one way of understanding. Another way is through writing about what you have read.  The enclosed assessment is designed to get you to think more about the concepts taught in this session. 

  1. What does a D shape symbol in a flow chart mean?
  2. What are the steps in creating a list of routines?
  3. What are the steps in flow charting? 
  4. Why should list of events that lead to one person's over eating focus on repetitive events?
  5. What is meant by "steady state" in your daily routines?

Assignment Due this Week

  1. Every week ask a question or comment on the lecture.  Comment►  Ask►

  2. Complete Table 3 and Figure 2 in Chapter 1 of the book Thinking Person Weight Loss & Exercise Program. 

  3. Create a cycle map of one or more of your habits.

Please scan your work and email to the instructor or mail your work to 1319 Ozkan St. Mclean VA 22101.  Email►


  •  A child behavior management flow chart  PubMed►
  • The Precede-Proceed planning framework  PubMed►

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