“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.
Think of all the conversations you have done today.
Choose a one that quips your interest.
Just wonder how much more interesting would it be if you were to speak the same in the language you are learning…yeeaahh… that feeling of accomplishment and content is what you are aiming at.
Jot this in your journal, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know the vocabulary…just write what you know. Then, look up the words you want to know, if it is a verb find its conjugation and voila you are done!
When you want to know something and when you look for it, you will never forget it.
Journal ling everyday also helps in keeping track of things, thoughts and just the beauty of everyday which might vanish from the poor little brains.
So friends let’s keep our brains fresh and live with fun filled language learning!!
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”
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.