My Master’s thesis needs to be in at the end of October. I still need to do one or two revisions, but after it’s in, November will be mostly open for me. I want to start establishing a proper routine for my language learning. I know some people find a routine limiting and it sometimes works against their motivation, but I’m of one those people, that without a routine I’ll just muck about. Without any aim or goal. I’ll start learning, but then end up on reddit, check my emails or “relax” on Facebook. A routine goes hand in hand with motivation as well. I’m motivated yes, but my routine is terrible. A routine can promote motivation. The Language Dojo did a post on this. I agree finding fun things to do definitely helps with motivation, but it’s still leaves the question, when? How much? How regularly? These answers obviously depends on the learners themselves. Only you can answer those. Some are content with learning a bit once a week, then you get people like Benny, who does so intensively:
I’m trying to find my own routine and pace at the moment. I found Tommy’s video quite interesting: I coincidentally read a post yesterday about waking up early to follow your dreams and passions. This resonated with me. This morning, I woke earlier than usual and spent 30minutes learning French. I found out how to say few more greetings and other pleasantries. Then I spent another 30minutes reading a Chinese novel (活着 for those interested). I’ll experiment with this routine of course. For instance, tomorrow I might listen to 30minutes of French beginner podcasts, or do 30minutes of FluentFlix. I felt focused when I did my routine this morning. It increased my motivation. I wanted to continue after the hour passed, because I was having fun. I’ll stick to one hour a morning for now. I don’t want increase it just yet at risk burning myself out. What is your language learning routine? I’m curious. Comment below!