have 3 achievable goals a day: having a laundry list of things to do everyday is super unrealistic, and you just end up feeling bad about yourself because you didn’t accomplish your goals for the day.
leave your sundays open: i love sundays because they’re my day to chill out and catch up on school work that i wasn’t able to finish during the week.
recognize when you’re at your emotional limits:forcing yourself to get work done when you are unable to comprehend your study material does not benefit anyone.
learn how to say no: people will ask you for your time and it will stretch you to the limit, whether it be at your job, in your extracurriculars, or in your personal life. know when to step back and say no.
take care of yourself physically: take breaks, go for walks, shower regularly, get enough sleep, eat healthy, see your friends
celebrate your accomplishments: go out to eat with friends after a big exam, indulge in a night off after a busy week with some netflix and wine
make a study plan beforehand:it can be daunting to see how much work you need to put in to a class or task beforehand, but this allows you to spread your work evenly so you don’t become overwhelmed.
learn how to ask for help: it is very rare that people make it through school, whether it be high school or university or any graduate program, without needing the advice of others or just a kind soul to vent to. find that person.
never forget your hobbies: you will need things that keep you sane. if you love to play music, write, play volleyball, or cook, make you sure you don’t lose these things. they will become your escape when times get tough.
log off from time to time:it is exhausting to be constantly connected to social media and your email. just physically disconnecting from these for a night to take care of yourself can really help you clear your mind.
A follower of mine asked me what are some realistic goals when you’re learning languages but before giving you 100 examples, i want to mention that you can have daily, weekly, monthly or/and yearly goals. If you get easily distracted and need motivation, set goals for each category; however, if you can focus and be motivated for a longer period of time, you might not need daily or/and weekly goals.
Also, the numbers/minutes/hours are an example, you can change them according to your time, resources, motivation etc.
Read 1 article in your target language.
Learn 10 words.
Learn 1 poem in your target language.
Learn a song
in your target language.
Watch a movie.
Read 1 page from a book in your target language.
Sing 1 song
in your target language.
Talk with a native for 10 minutes.
Learn 2 idioms.
Translate 1 song.
Translate 1 poem.
Write 1 short text about anything.
Watch 1 episode from your favourite show dubbed/subbed.
Get 50points on duolingo.
Make a vocab list.
Learn 1 new grammatical concept.
Think in your target language for 10 minutes
Read to a podcast for 15 minutes.
Learn 1 tongue twister.
Spend 15 minutes on WordBrewery.
Play on Babadum for 15 minutes.
Use Clozemaster for 15 minutes.
Listen to an audio book for 10 minutes.
Revise your notes for 20 minutes.
Learn 1 vocab list.
Read 10 articles in your target language.
Read 2 books for children.
Learn 5 poems.
Learn 3 songs.
Watch 3 movies.
Learn 10 grammatical concepts.
Talk for 2 hours in your target language.
Learn 5 vocab lists.
Learn 100 new words.
Finish 8 lessons on duolingo. (i mean the entire bullet/dot/set of mini-lessons)
Watch 10 episodes from your favourite show
in your target language subbed/dubbed.
Learn 30 idioms.
Write 3 A4 pages about anything.
Translate 5 songs.
Learn 3 vocab lists.
Revise with the help of some tests online for 2 hours.
Change your phone settings to be in your target language.
Make a summary for the books you’ve read.
Read 10 pages from a complex book
in your target language.
Make 5 vocab lists.
Write a motivation text of 10 lines for your in your target language about why you enjoy learning languages.
Think for 2 hours in your target language.
Translate 3 pages from a book in your native language.
Translate 3 pages from a book in your target language.
Discover 10 new songs in your target language.
Learn 350 new words.
Read 1 advanced book in your target language.
Finish a grammar book.
Finish 10 stories for kids.
Learn 80 idioms.
Learn 20 vocab lists.
Finish 35 lessons on duolingo. (the bullets/dots/set of mini lessons)
Make 20 vocab lists.
Watch 10 movies in your target language subbed/dubbed.
Translate 10 songs.
Learn 10 poems.
Learn 5 songs.
Talk to natives for 10 hours.
Write summaries for every chapter/article you’ve read.
Literally do your work as soon as you know it exists. If you get homework, do it during your free or when you get home or on the train if you really want to, on the day you get it. Just got set an assignment? Get the draft done that weekend. It doesn’t have to be amazing and absolutely ready to send in, it just needs to exist. Just got sent an email? Reply when you see it. If you’re not sure how to response to it, write Dear (), leave a gap and then write Regards () and keep that in your drafts. Set a reminder on your computer or write the reminder on a sticky note that you’ve got that sitting in your drafts and you need to send it off in the next 24 hours. Need to clean your room? Don’t spend time thinking or planning how you’re going to clean it or how you’re going to change up the space in the process, just pick stuff up and put it where it should be until everything’s in order. Done. Seriously dude, when a task arises as an issue, tackle it as soon as you realise it exists. Remember, it doesn’t need to be amazing it just needs to be done. So, when the due date of the task creeps closer, you can go back, work with what you have and make it the quality you want it to be.
“Tell me about a complicated man. Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy, and where he went, and who he met, the pain he suffered in the storms at sea, and how he worked to save his life and bring his men back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools, they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god kept them from home. Now goddess, child of Zeus, tell the old story for our modern times. Find the beginning.”
so my ethics & morals philosophy class has about 45 students. however, on a typical day only the same 17 of us show up. on rare occasion a group of 5 others will show up, and when they do it’s clear that they didn’t do the reading and don’t care about the class because they just talk and use their phone all class. now this really started to piss of my teacher. so my teacher decided that at the start of each class we will have a mini extra credit assignment: 1 point for just showing up and putting your name on it, 3 points for writing a few sentences that “prove that we did the reading”. he’s asking us to not tell any of the people who don’t show up about these to wait and see if they figure it out one day if they actually show up to class. and here’s the thing: there’s so little assignments in the class that if we do all of the extra credit assignments our grades will go up by two whole letter grades. JUST FOR SHOWING UP.
moral of the story: unless you got a damn good excuse, ALWAYS SHOW UP TO CLASS.
i feel like i need to add: this is extra credit. it’s not like the teacher is punishing the people who don’t show up, they aren’t going to get failing grades or anything, they just aren’t getting the opportunity to get extra credit to raise their gpa. it’s simply a way to say thank you to the students who actually show up and do the homework, he’s not punishing the other students in any way.
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I really love my bed, it’s my save haven 💛 I ordered new washi tape and I love it so much! I’ve always wanted to own cute vintage tape like this. Uni & work is really exhausting currently but I’m sure I’ll get through it. I also ordered a new laptop (spent way too much money) and I hope it will help me to get motivated again. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend xx
05.11.2017 .. headed down to my college library for a few hours on a cold, sunny Sunday morning to work on a conference paper. Having this place open 24 hours and five minutes away from my room is such a treat, just thinking of all the famous women who’ve studied here over the years is really inspirational. 📚 💻☀️
So this kind of journal/diary is pretty useful if you:
are anxious when you have to talk to others
you want to practice your writing
want to see what vocab you use the most
learn new vocab
think in their target language
want to use your language in a relaxing manner
There are a few “rules” to have such a journal/diary:
You need to decide if you want to write daily, weekly or monthly in it. (or just write when you feel like/have time) Based on this you change the amount of how much you write because if you write weekly in it, you’ll need a bit more than 5 sentences in order to improve your target language.
You need to feel comfortable writing down stuff since not everyone enjoys writing what they feel or think.
You need to decide if you want a digital or a paper journal.
You can decorate your journal with stickers/pictures/doodles but you can also leave it plain.
I used to have a very messy journal because i didn’t use a notebook. I just used random A4 sheets of paper and wrote on 1 what happened in a day. I didn’t decorate them. I usually just attached a sticky note with the new words that i used and from time to time i added a sticky note with a motivating message because i took the time to write and improve.
It’s up to you if you want to decorate it or not.
Since i write in a foreign language i developed a system so i can learn with my journal.
I color-coded certain terms.
red = i’m not sure of its meaning and i need to ask on HiNative if it’s correct light blue = new word that i should use more/add to quizlet/flashcard app green = focus more on the word because i couldn’t remember it even if i learned it
Because i’m more focused on studying and learning than appearence, i don’t mind having mistakes in my writing but since many people mind them, you can use wipe-out and then some stickers, doodles or decorative tape.
You need to make a deal with yourself and write kind words from time to time. Every once in a while, if i didn’t write in my journal something motivational, i’d have just added a sticky note with a quote or just a “congrats ^^”. The point to this is that if no one says how productive you are, just say that to yourself. No biggie. I have entire paragraphs where i just tell to myself that it’s worth what i’m doing even if no one sees it.
Bonus: if you manage to write at least 2-3 motivational sentences daily, you’ll be more motivated
Don’t be afraid to write whatever you want. No one will take your journal and if they do, it’s in a foreign language, they won’t understand it.
What you write in it, it’s your work. You can adjust it to your personality, needs or/and preferences. Don’t think “oh, mine isn’t like hers”, the point is to practice and use your language, not to win a contest.
Try to decide how much you write. I never thought in lines, i always chose tasks as “write for 30min” but if your task is to write 10 lines daily, that’s amazing! Do it. Take 5 minutes out of your day to clear your mind.
It’s difficult only in the first minute, once you start writing, you won’t stop too soon.
Decide if you use 1 journal for all languages or 1 journal for 1 language. (this ofc, if you study more than 1) You can choose in which day you write in which language or you just go with the flow and write in what you feel like.
Make a rule not to use your native language or English. Even if your texts sound weird, try to re-organize the phrase/sentence and use only your target language.
If you can have the journal with you everywhere you go, that’s a very good way of practicing at any given time.
Daily ones where you write about your day, dreams, preferences.
Journals for practice where you focus only on language learning.
A to-do list kind of journal where you write your responsabilities/reminders for the next day.
A combination of everything.
Write about your day.
Translate a poem/song.
Make a mini vocab list related to something.
Review a book/movie/app/site.
Develop a story. You have a thing for vampires? Writes a story where you are the main character and date a vampire. You like singing? Write a story about how you became a star overnight. Fanfiction is amazing because it makes you write for hours.
Keep some studying methods in there./Resources
Imagine a certain scenario and try to write a short story. You’re in Grey’s Anatomy, write some medical terms because i bet you don’t know how to say painkillers or jawtooth or ribs.
Do whatever you want, it’s yours.
Dreams Your crush Fears Food Expectations Thoughts Books Clothes Feelings Stories/fanfiction Memories Your progress with languages Your day Friends Motivational quotes Pets Movies Actors Cartoons/anime/manga Holidays Travel plans Believes Weather Landscape Jokes/memes Resources Expressions/Idioms