Yes, I really need to do that later. I'll do it next week. I really want to do it, but I don't know where to start. I'll go for a walk instead. Oh, I haven't done anything about it this week, never mind. It's the weekend. I'll look at it again next week…
Sometimes language learning can feel a bit like that. We have good intentions, but somehow they never materialise. However, as I explain in this week's podcast, it doesn't have to be this way.
1. You need to have clear and specific if you want to reach them and be able to measure your progress
2. You need to have a plan as to how you will reach these goals. That involves breaking the goals down into smaller,manageable tasks. This helps you to track your progress and also prevents you from feeling overwhelmed. In the podcast, I share what I did and how my language learning spreadsheet helped me to keep on track and reminded me when I needed to do more speaking practice – my least favourite task!
3. It's good to involve others because they can make the learning process more interesting, celebrate your successes with you and give you encouragement on days when you don't feel motivated.