- February 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm #5225
I want to live a life close to work and hobbies. Japan is practically where the media I enjoy comes from, and while work in the US is is nice, I want to aim for more.
I think I have to be like someone who loves the language (which I d0), someone who doesn’t get easily tired (eh), and someone who is diligent. That’s why I want to establish a study habit.February 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm #5227
It’s always good to want to improve the quality of your life. 🙂 As you progress with the habit challenge, you’ll find out how to stick to your habits even if you feel tired. Keep going! 😀February 23, 2019 at 9:41 am #5302
So I’ve decided to cut down my daily blog time from 4 hours to 3, and I have replaced that one hour with studying Japanese. 1 Hour is the most I can go for now, but the smallest way to start my habit is to learn a new Japanese word and write it down, practising how to use it for 15 or 30 minutes. There aren’t other times of the day that I can do this, so if I have to break it in sets of 4 hours each, I’ll do it at the weekend. I’ll stop increasing the intensity after 2 sets of 4 hours each during the weekends. The farthest I can go during weekdays is two hours.February 23, 2019 at 9:45 am #5304
Hey there, Ami! Have you tried creating space for your new habit in the mornings before work? What does your morning routine look like?February 26, 2019 at 9:54 am #5306
I can’t fit that in the morning because my morning routine not only includes personal hygiene and breakfast but also includes preparing for my day job. The only thing I can cut down is my blogging since it’s just a hobby and side venture.
Speaking of, I’ve decided to study Japanese before I blog and not after. That way, it’s the first thing I do after I get back from work at 5 PM and I don’t forget. I use the same space for my blogging to study Japanese as the materials I use are online. That being said, it can be necessary for me to get a book or two. During weekends, the triggers I use are basically whenever I finish my daily routine or whenever I finish eating lunch, depending on what else I have to do that day.
I have a calendar near my PC that I can mark so that I can keep track of my habits. I already had it before I started the Habit Chalenge.February 26, 2019 at 10:01 am #5309
Hey, Ami! It might be better to use the same trigger for your study habit during the weekdays and the weekends. That way, your habit will feel consistent each time you do it. Perhaps it’s better to tie your study habit after you make dinner?March 1, 2019 at 10:08 am #5311
I don’t exactly “prepare” dinner since I cook the meals I will have for the day during the morning and just reheat them as needed. I can try to study after blogging but that also runs the risk of me blogging for too long. I can also try alternating between blogging and studying so that I maintain both habits.
My study time always starts with learning a new Japanese word and writing it out. That will make me continue on to the rest of the lessons that I need to do.
My Identity Mantra is “I don’t skip studying the Japanese language.”March 1, 2019 at 10:11 am #5313
Hey, Ami! You can also set the time you reheat your food for dinner to something consistent and then tie your study habit to that. That being said, good job in having a warm-up routine for your habit! 🙂March 4, 2019 at 10:18 am #5315
I normally have to decide which new word I want to learn every day, but what I do is that I take a list of English words on a sticky note and look for their Japanese translations instead.
I also normally have to decide what lessons to study, but the online course that I have purchased does it for me. |
I’ve made it a habit to make sure that I keep my cellphone in my room when I am studying. I don’t answer calls or texts and I don’t surf the net when I should be studying.March 4, 2019 at 10:24 am #5317
Using a sticky note is a classic way to keep track of what you need to do. Keep up the good work!March 10, 2019 at 5:48 pm #5463
For accountability, the online course has tests that help me measure how well or how poorly I am doing. If I don’t study regularly, I’m going to do poorly in the test and I don’t want to do that.
The expenses I’ve made for the course are already a big enough burden that I don’t think I want to spend any more money, so I won’t be doing the beeminder or stickk thing.March 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm #5465
That’s definitely a good place to start! That being said, your accountability partner should be keeping you accountable when it comes to following your habit, not necessarily for its results. If your course has daily or weekly activities, then that will definitely be perfect. Don’t measure the success of your habit by the scores of the test. Measure it by how consistently you’ve been studying throughout each week or month.
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