Why time organization is critical when learning languages?
Knowing languages is cool. You can speak with more people, read more materials, understand more. Not just that, but with every new language you learn, you get to look at the culture which uses that language from a new point of view – every new language opens up a new horizon, new aspect of the world.
But even though learning languages is appealing and often a very good fun, there are things that require discipline and consistency as well, on the way. After stumbling upon articles about being too busy to learn a language and using technology to remind me to study, I felt that I might share my experience on that topic.
Learning languages is a marathon task rather than a sprint. Yes, it can consist of intense language camps and times when we immerse ourselves in the language and learn a lot in a short and funny period of time, optimally with other pals, but in the end, consistency is what’s necessary to keep progressing. And this consistency needs to be followed for months.
Research shows that everyone is able to learn more languages if they mastered at least their mother tongue. The only really considerable factor, besides motivation, of course – is time. Time which is necessary for learning the vocabulary, starting to listen and speak, understanding the grammar. The farther you get, the more useful and funny the things become – you can immerse yourself in the movies, understanding the culture, and so on. But the key to all that, as readily said, is time.
Now you may be just as busy as I am – working a daily work, having some hobbies, spending time with people you love. The day has only 24 hours and, well, you want to sleep as well. And – you want to learn a language . The problem is, every day is just too short to do it all. Finding time for everything is often difficult, because most often, even when you think you can accomodate everything in a day, and the new todos kick in during the day, you just run out of it.
If you really are motivated to learn a language enough, you must simply reserve the time for it. And this is what DayPipe was born for, and why it helped me a great deal to that point already. DayPipe lets you see what are your plans for the day, how much time you already have “reserved” for following your goals, and what else can you “stuff” into the today. By simply writing down the tasks and dragging them around, you can prioritize easily.
We had an old saying “don’t postpone what you can do today” in my country. Maybe it worked with idle folks. To me, it sounds completely obsolete. I use “prioritize” instead.
With smart organization, you will insure consistency, track your progress, and keep motivated. And that’s pretty much the momentum you need to keep learning.
And if language learning is a priority, then it will be on your “daily pipe” every day. Remember, consistency is what matters. And time is what’s necessray.
Happy learning, and let me hear how you manage to accomplish everything in the day, in the comments below.