How do you have the discipline to keep up with your languages? I can't even do one
If I’m perfectly honest, there are many, many days where the discipline just isn’t there. And you know what? That’s okay - we’re human’s not robots after all.
Sometimes in the moment it’s difficult. Goals seem so far off. You’re in too deep but there’s still so much work to be done. Sometimes it would be easier to just stop.
Don’t stop. Take a break and reframe your outlook if you need to, but don’t stop.
Look at it this way - discipline is the product of a series of small actions that result in a tidal wave of change. It doesn’t need to be this grandiose thing. 10 minutes of study here, an hour there, or something in between.
Sure, there are going to be days where you really don’t want to do something. Take that chance to try something new. Tired of listening to the radio? Watch a YouTube video. Stuck on a grammar point? Write a poem using it. Get creative. Things will be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
However, if you’re finding yourself absolutely dreading a study session, maybe discipline isn’t the problem. Maybe there’s something going on in your life that’s preventing you from reaching your goals. Maybe you have the time, but you’re just too stressed to focus clearly. That’s okay! Take care of yourself first and foremost. This doesn’t mean you’re lacking discipline. It just means you’re taking a step back and working smarter.
In these types of situations, I like to revise the methods I’m using to achieve my goals so I can continue making progress whilst maintaining my sanity.
With French, I have this dream of living and working in a francophone country. To achieve this, I was studying for the B2, translating my CV into French, and immersing myself in the language as much as possible. Unfortunately due to a lot of things that are happening, it was difficult for me to continue pursuing French at the intensity that I wanted to while not completely breaking down.
My goal is still the same - working in a francophone country - but instead I’m postponing taking the B2 until next year and am focusing more on speaking and using the language in everyday situations. This will keep me in the habit of practising the language and allow me to continue making progress in an area I’m lacking in (speaking) while giving me the break that I need. When I start intensively studying again, I’ll have made a lot of progress, instilled good habits, and the process will be a lot more fun too.
I hope this was able to answer your question. If you want any specific tips or need advice with anything else, feel free to ask :)