It’s been a long year. Well, year and change. Lots has happened. I had an awesome, epic job. Crazy, busy, stressful, busy, insane, awesome, and busy job. I had no time for anything but work.
I did a lot of things. Taught my first TOEFL English course over the summer. Went to Vancouver, BC. Went to Japan! Lots of photos as time goes on. What didn’t I do? Study languages, really. Connected with a student at my school, and started dabbling in Taiwanese. I’m in a transition period right now, and I want to make more time for the things that matter to me like language. And, you know, diet and exercise. But mostly language. Writing is pretty much a daily activity again, so I’m trying to get back into it, and maybe a weekly blog. Maybe monthly. Definitely not daily. That’s reserved for language study. I hope.
So I’ve come back to the language pond, and I’m back with plans.
2018 Goals and Rituals
My goal for 2018 in general was to shift away from impossible goals, and focus more on habits, rituals, and procedures that will help me keep my language studies going (Forgive me for the procedures bit, coming out of a very corporative environment).
So how do I do that, when language study has changed so drastically, and I don’t know how much free time I’ll have as I transition into a new job? Well, first. In order to set a large goal, like, “become fluent in Korean,” or “regain fluency in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese,” I need to break these goals down into bite sized pieces. This is one of my weaknesses. But I’ll talk about goal setting in a future post.
Right now, I am going to outline these methods and share them with you. You can evaluate if any of these might be the pieces that will help you in your language studies. At the end, I’ll review all of these different options, and evaluate where I want to start, and which methods excite or scare me.
1. Bullet Journal
This one is the easiest–and the hardest. I’ve joined two facebook groups over the past month, Bullet Journaling for Language Learners and #WeDoLanguages. I like looking at the spreads others make, and ways to take my insane amount of study materials and start working through it. It’s taken me two months to take the study tracker I found made by Sam of From Pillar to Posts. I am creative with words. I like colored pens. I am a horrid artist. I drew this diamond a dozen times before I finally gave up on it being symmetrical.
So, I love the idea of using the bujo, it worked amazingly for me at work, but I have to be careful not to let my perfectionism get in the way.
EDIT: I wrote this post two weeks ago, and still haven’t managed to press post. So this lovely graphic has zero squares shaded in, but I am going to post this. I am back, I am fighting the anxiety, the depression, the fear, and the perfectionism. More from me when I have more to report.
In closing, I’ve starting listening to Olly Richard’s I Will Teach You a Language podcast. He’s been doing this for three years, so there’s over 250 episodes, 10-30 minutes long on listener questions about how to study, maintain, or motivate your language studies. Check it out!