“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found on your daily routine”
-Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect
Last week we spoke about breaking down long term goals into achievable short term goals and about scheduling your day.
The important aspect bridging this two is converting the steps towards your goals into a daily habit.
Habits according to Wikipedia is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.
Any activity done consciously for 21 days becomes a habit.
Forming habits towards your goal takes time, the key is keep doing it for the next 21 days until one day it becomes a second nature.
If you would like to learn to play Piano then initially schedule your day to practice Piano for say 1 hour at a specified time for the next 21 days, then you get into a rhythm. Practising 1 hour Piano everyday is now your habit. As the days go by,your Piano playing skills increases.
Hurray! You made time your partner in achieving your goal!!
Hello everyone, hope you are all safe at home. This lockdown, let’s make the best use of time by studying! Yeah, you heard me right, today we are going to discuss a few tips, that after many trial and errors have started working for me, and so would for you. Please feel free to share your tips and let’s build a healthy community of reading.
First things first, you first need to know what you need to study to get them done.
Plan what you need to study, from where? And when?
Initially I used ‘keep notes’ as I was a little aversive to scheduling, but when I didn’t time them, I just ended up pushing the task to the next day endlessly.
Working for goals
An important part of planning is based on goals that matter to you.
There are two types of goals when coming to studying or just about anything else. Short term goals would be to read say 10 new words in French and long term goal could be to get fluent in French.
A goal is broken down so that you can work for it a little everyday.
Take time to write down your long term goal
When you are new to scheduling your entire day, it would be less intimidating if you don’t specify exact time like 6:30 or 7:45 and rather say before dinner I am going to study a particular topic say Photosynthesis from science textbook.
My study blocks range anywhere between 3hrs to 4hrs, having said that Pomodoro method doesn’t work for me, but it might for you,so do give it a try
The single most best app I have ever used for time management is ‘Google calendar’. It is preferable to schedule your day a night before if you are a morning person. But I like to start my mornings slow, so coffee and scheduling goes hand in hand.
Try to stick to schedule as much as possible but don’t force yourself into it, you might just end up doing nothing the next day. Just slowly try to improve your discipline.
As you could see, I majorly only schedule my study hours. As other things are already a part of my routine & so fit in perfectly in free spaces.
Importance of break days
Working on a schedule all day on top of your School, University, or office hours is exhausting. You need to grant yourself a break day once in a while when you feel like one, or a fixed day whichever works. I do a mix of both.
It’s kind of a positive reinforcement, so you could go ahead further positively without burning out.
Don’t just sleep all day on these days, it’s exhausting too, try doing something you really enjoy. Take a moment to write down all the things that make you happy, so you could randomly select later.
For me it’s usually watching Harry Potter or reading korean/ french.
Commonly overlooked vital stuff
Drink sufficient water
Good sleep 💤, you don’t want to end up sleeping in your exam hall!!
Exercise – it doesn’t take much time, it improves your mood & health
Good food – You don’t have to put in a lot of effort, just avoid junk, keep a bunch of nuts handy, don’t overdo on caffeine.
It is true, you can learn a few phrases with the help of transliteration. Then why master the script first?
1. Transliteration; its limit ends with a few basic phrases.
The amount of materials you can have access is greater in the language you are learning than in the language through which you are learning a new language.
Learning a script isn’t as complex as it might seem. It is way too easier compared to grammar.
When you master a script, you will feel a sense of accomplishment which indeed motivates you to read further.
2. One of the most important things I have learned in my language learning journey is that ‘one must learn a language through that language’, so that we don’t have to keep translating what we want to say in our minds before speaking. For example, if I want to say ‘how are you?’ in French I just say ‘comment ça va?’ With only the situation in mind and not translating ‘how are you?’
“ONE MUST SPEAK A LANGUAGE; THINKING THROUGH THAT LANGUAGE”
Nearly a month ago when I decided that I wanted to be a hyper polyglot, the first question which taunted me was which language to learn? I guess a lot of language lovers go through this phase as well…so here is what I did.
1. Firstly, understand whether you would like to learn an absolutely new language or improvise your language skills to which you are already exposed to.
I was absolutely confused as I wanted to learn a whole list of languages, it was important for me to categorise my languages with a self rough estimate point 5 scale of listening, reading speaking and writing.
(I was generous with my English grading…since there is always something more and something new and I finally want to constrain, until I get my other languages straight)
As you could see I was in different levels in different languages, mostly because I don’t practice it regularly; this part is really frustrating, I really wish I had super memory…and since that’s not the case….we need to practice our languages everyday (we will be talking more about it in the future).
2. If you would like to learn a new language, then check for a language that really inspires you, since learning a language is a whole package including their culture and heritage.
3. Learning a language which can aid in your professional development. It can open up new avenues and builds up your confidence.
If you are planning to study abroad then learning the language and custom hits top in the to-do list.
4. And finally, When you want to have a change of breeze and understand the evolution from different angles, then I would suggest learning an ancient language like Greek, Latin or other extinct languages. In my case I learnt sanskrit for 7 years and that has made all the difference in my journey learning Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Though sanskrit isn’t a communicative friendly language, it is the mother language for many Indian languages i.e you could easily trace a word back to its origin and the modifications it has undergone for a wholesome understanding.
1. Categorise the languages you know and languages you would like to know.
2. Further categorise languages you know in point 5 scale in the sections of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
3. Read a language that inspires you. You definitely don’t want to learn something that doesn’t interest you a year later.
4. Understand your professional requirements.
5. If you plan on going abroad (say a trip or for college) read the language spoken there with priority, as you get to actually communicate with the native speakers and makes life a lot easier.
5. If you are someone who enjoys to know the origin of words or would like to learn a similar set of languages then definitely read the prototype.
Hope these tips help, if you have any questions please comment below.
I just came across this really special word – Polyglot, which defines a person who speaks multiple languages. Isn’t it great guys? To top this up, there is the term Hyperpolyglot, which defines a person who speaks more than 12 languages. Ever since then my goal has been to become a hyperpolyglot….yeah!! Join me in my journey, as we live through some beautiful languages…I will be posting upon the resources I used, my notes, some tips which worked for me and much more…
Memories are so easily forgotten, aren’t they? Even the ones we owe to never forget. Honestly I never believed it, but maybe it was true all along. My brain has lots of empty spaces or rather blank spaces as though I had black outs during that period, and I am like ‘did it just happen?’ Just kidding. So don’t wonder about what to do? What not to do? So on and so forth random, more or less repeating questions…it doesn’t really matter, just do it.