Hello, my dear readers! How have you been doing? Myself, I’m fighting hard to stay on the right learning track. That’s truly a difficult project. Why did I call it a project? Well, it requires daily effort, and more than one task to be completed, therefore it is a project, and should be treated like one, too. For the project to be managed effectively, we need to split it into smaller, manageable tasks. I am aware of that, and yet I failed on a big scale. Why? I haven’t created my learning plan yet! As a result, my learning time’s not fixed, and I’m more likely to skip it. That’s why today, as I’m coming up with my own learning plan, I’ll share with you some tips on how to design it!
Let the game begin. Shall procrastination not be our sin.
- Determine what requires daily effort, and what can be done, when you have more free time – for example during a weekend.
Wanting to do everything at once can be a problem. We start, but the work seems to pile up and up and up. There’s a difference between priority and urgency – the latter one can’t be done later. Let’s think about what can be done when we have more free time. Myself, I can read my favorite books, watch TED talks and write blog posts during a weekend, and focus on learning during a workweek. By doing this, I’ll be prepared for classes, yet still able to do what I love. Not everything has to be done immediately, so let’s plan accordingly.
2. Set a fixed study time
This one is particularly important. Choose the particular time of the day for studying, and stick to it. Of course, anything could happen, but try to avoid skipping the learning dates you’ve set. Consistency is a key to success. As Aristotle said:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
3. Write it down
It’s easier to keep promises if we remember about them! By writing your learning plan down, you are more likely to stick to it. If you add it to your calendar, along with your regular schedule, it will become a part of your daily plan. That’s exactly what we want. Give a word more power by writing it down. In your head, it gets lost among many other thoughts, and outside your little mind it stands a chance not to be forgotten, so what are you waiting for? Make it happen!
4. Find and write down ways to reward yourself
They say no pain, no gain. It is, without a doubt, a true statement, nevertheless, our mind needs more tempting promises not to crack. Reward yourself. Make yourself interested in what’s in store if you stick to the plan. I came up with a simple idea: if I learn Arabic every day, and do at least 80% of my weekly plan, I can buy myself an amazing coffee in my favorite cafe. Might seem like a little thing, but it still makes me happy and motivates me to learn. No Arabic practice, no coffee! Define what you love, and work for it. Extra coffee, going to a party, watching Netflix – whatever makes you feel good, can be a reward for your daily hard work.
That would be it for today. Thanks for sticking with me! May the force be with you!
Do you plan, when to learn? Are you organized? What are your tips to stay on the right learning track? Let me know in comments!
Have a lovely day,