Here we are in 2022, we made it!
Some of us are on this learning journey already, others are just about to start, but we all have something uncommon, we are all eager to sail the sea of discovery. Despite all our excitement, though, most of us don’t have a clue on how or where to start, so I will put some tips together in this post to help you to set reasonable goals for the year ahead.
Break it down:
- What do you want to achieve and how can you do it?
Before answering this question, think about your routine, your work schedule, your family, your time off and only then think about how to rearrange everything to be able to reach your next goal. For example: If you normally watch TV for about 5 hours every evening, consider watching it for 4 hours instead and use the hour you have left to work towards your goal.
Be careful: usually, at the beginning of a year, we are full of energy and often our instinct tells us to just use the 5 hours to pursue our goals, but think about the long run, because if you do that, you will tire yourself unnecessarily and when you decide to rest, this rest will become a break hat eventually will become the end game, but without the achievement. Better than working hard is to work smart. Use your energy wisely so it will never run out.
Recess the situation
- How are you feeling at this point?
After a month or so, consider your feelings. Are you tired? Is there any room for improvement in your routine? What are you doing wrong or what are you doing right that you have to keep doing?
Whether you are learning a language or trying to buy a house, the mental impact of reaching a goal can be very overwhelming so we must find (or try to find) comfort in the midst of the discomfort. Make sure to make the necessary adjustments to feel good about yourself and about what you are doing. Inner peace impacts deeply how we deal with challenges, so make sure to check in with yourself constantly.
Let’s get to work:
- Step 1: Plan
Write down your plans and then.
- Step 2: Create a timeline
When would you like to reach them? Don’t forget to consider everything that I mentioned above, be reasonable.
- Step 3: Check your motivations
Ask yourself: why do I want to get this done? Why is this important to me? How will this affect my life in a positive way? By asking these you will understand yourself better and get all the motivation you need to work towards your goals.
- Step 4: What do you hope to achieve?
For example, if you would like to learn English, how would you like your English to be in 1 year? Would you like to be able to travel abroad on your own? Would you like to write emails without using Google?
- Step 5: The methods
How can you get to this point? Doing online classes? Following English speakers on Social Media? Engage in activities related to your goals, like joining a club, church, charities…?
- Step 6: Readjust
Don’t forget, be reasonable! readjust your routine to achieve your goals, but don’t forget that like any other human being you need to rest, to have fun, to take care of yourself and all that must happen while you are trying to reach your goal, no after, no before, but the whole time.
- Step 7: Go and get it!
Do your best, respect your deadlines, but don’t die for them, if you see that you might not be able to reach your goal in a year, it’s ok! Recess the situation, replan if you have to and move on at your own pace. Time is supposed to be a guideline to keep you on track but it should never be your boss. Enjoy the ride!
This post has been written specifically for the language learner who is trying to add a study routine into their lives, however, whatever is your goal you can apply the same principles to go out and get them!