Yesterday I talked about building triggers to successfully stick to your schedule. With the help of these triggers I’ve been able to stick to a fixed schedule for 20 days now. Although it started with a forced activity for a relatively brief amount of time everyday, formation of such little habits and sticking to them snowballs into a great result in course of time.
A snowball as everyone is aware, starts as a small ball atop a mountain. By starting rolling down the hill it gradually collects bits of snow and by the time it reaches the foot, it is formidably huge. You get the metaphor right? Here is what makes you snowball to success:
1. Start with a small habit. The habit can take as little as 15 minutes of your time everyday. Start with 15 minutes. Instead of gaining maximum juice out of your day, focus on finding just those 15 minutes. No more, no less. Yes, not even more than 15 minutes.
2. Do it everyday, without fail. Parties, friends, Facebook, Videogames and studies can’t stop you. No weekends, no Sundays. You haven’t achieved enough to take a rest yet. The rule cannot be broken.
3. Blog about it. Write your stuff at a place where you have an audience watching you. In the words of Sindhu – “You’re holding yourself accountable for reaching your goals in front of a public audience – that is a smart way to motivate yourself to stay on track”
Tip: Try to write inspirational stuff on your blog with you diary entry. It will do two things – inspire you and make sure you stick to your ideas yourself. Humans try hard to follow before they preach.
I’ve seen that I’m able to stick to larger commitments. I usually go about doing it everyday for 1 or 2 hours without holidays.
Okay, I’ve got bored of Waku waku channel now. The channel started off with a bang, explaining usage of sentences. They used to do 2 or 3 on every video. Later the episodes start getting bigger and supply with you mindless vocabulary without enough context. Basically, it isn’t me, it is the degraded quality of later videos. Although I’m still watching two or three everyday, I’m not grasping enough. Watched Lesson 30, 31 and 33. I was disappointed.
Then, I watched a couple of Japanese Pod 101 videos and there was one which I really liked. I have embedded it below:
Other than that, I did my usual memrise exercises. I’ve gotten pretty good with vocabulary but still a long way to go to reach the JLPT N5 level. I’m good with about 200 words in all.
P.S By now I’m pretty sure there is no way I’ll be able to attain N5 level in a month. Thus, I’ll keep studying Japanese even the next month while focusing rest of my day on the new challenge. I’ll continue because I’m loving it. The bloggers, resources and culture is just amazing.
- Jlpt (avishekpandey.wordpress.com)
- How To Massively Increase Your Vocabulary, By Just Asking A Simple Question (nextlevelenglishblog.wordpress.com)
- Goals, Jobs, and the JLPT (jeannettosaurus.wordpress.com)
- Make Habits that Stick on Sept 15 (rationality.org)