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5 Ways to Make Time for Language Learning

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  • 1. WAYS TO MAKE TIME 5 for
  • 2. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” - Laozi
  • 3. Think that you “don’t have time” to learn a language?
  • 4. Think that you “don’t have time” to learn a language?
  • 5. You don’t need more time in the day. You need to use your time wisely. Image © anieto2k | flickr
  • 6. So let’s take a time inventory and find a place for language learning in every single day. Image © pure.sugar | flickr
  • 7. 1 Identify time wasters
  • 8. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson
  • 9. For one week, keep a very detailed account of your activities from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. Image © oatsy40 | flickr
  • 10. Don’t let your precious time end up in here! Image © oatsy40 | flickr For one week, keep a very detailed account of your activities from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.
  • 11. Now evaluate! Do you spend a lot more time in front of the TV than you thought because the couch is just so comfy? Image © kurafire | flickr
  • 12. Identify your time wasters and reallocate that time to language study. Start slowly! If you must unwind in front of the TV, turn on the subtitles, or set aside commercial breaks for studying. Image © conskeptical | flickr
  • 13. 2 Use up dead time
  • 14. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” - Marthe Troly-Curtin
  • 15. Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. Image © Matthew Simantov
  • 16. Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. Image © Matthew Simantov
  • 17. Instead of removing tasks from your schedule, look for “dead time” where you can simply add in a language.
  • 18. Don’t cut your run short to study! Add a few foreign language songs to your running mix instead! Image © timtak | flickr
  • 19. Spending 30 minutes commuting every day? Crack open a language book while you wait! Image © Serge Melki
  • 20. Don’t add in language learning as just another chore. Add it in to spice up your existing daily routine! Image © stu-spivack | flickr
  • 21. Image © stu-spivack | flickr Don’t add in language learning as just another chore. Add it in to spice up your existing daily routine!
  • 22. 3 Plan ahead (and not just for studying)
  • 23. “You may delay, but time will not.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • 24. Planning out language lessons is great… but only if you have time to do them! Try planning out other aspects of your life. It will help you save up precious minutes to put towards studying! Image © JacQuLyne | flickr
  • 25. Image © ornello_pics | flickr Plan out a week’s worth of meals and buy everything you’ll need at once. It will save you a few trips to the store, and those minutes add up.
  • 26. Put everything in its right place. Keep your study materials organized and easily accessible. Lay out an outfit, pack your gym bag, and prepare a lunch the night before. This will save a few minutes of scrambling in the morning.
  • 27. Make a list before you run an errand. Don’t stray from your list and waste time wandering the aisles. It’ll save you money too! Win-win. Image © waitscm | flickr
  • 28. Get organized and plan ahead as much as possible, even for little things. Saving 2-3 minutes here and there throughout your day adds up! Image © North Charleston | flickr
  • 29. 4 Disconnect
  • 30. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” - William Penn
  • 31. DROP YOUR WEAPON Image © NeilT|flickr
  • 32. DROP YOUR WEAPON Image © NeilT|flickr We love our devices just as much as you do. (We are a tech company, after all!) But seriously, back away!
  • 33. When was the last time you Googled one quick thing or checked just one e-mail and didn’t end up spending 20 extra minutes surfing the web for cat memes?
  • 34. Addicted to web surfing? Use RescueTime.com to monitor just how much time you’re wasting online and impose time restrictions on yourself for specific websites. Image © barbourians | flickr
  • 35. Addicted to web surfing? Use RescueTime.com to monitor just how much time you’re wasting online and impose time restrictions on yourself for specific websites. Image © barbourians | flickr
  • 36. Glued to your e-mail? Turn off the alerts and designate only 3-4 times throughout the day to check it in bulk. You lose precious time and productivity by abandoning your current task to check every incoming message. Image © John Snape
  • 37. Glued to your e-mail? Turn off the alerts and designate only 3-4 times throughout the day to check it in bulk. You lose precious time and productivity by abandoning your current task to check every incoming message. Image © John Snape
  • 38. Totally absorbed by social media? This may seem like an impossible habit to break, but at the very least, make a lesson out of it! Follow a few celebrities who tweet in your target language, or follow language-learning pages! Image © Jason A. Howie
  • 39. Commit to 30-60 minutes of complete “disconnectivity” each day. Even if you don’t put it all to studying, you’ll be more productive. Image © pbalcer | flickr
  • 40. 5 Literally schedule time
  • 41. “Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” - Ray Cummings
  • 42. You may be sensing a theme here: taking the time to plan and organize actually saves you time in the long run. A great way to manage your time? Schedule it in a calendar.
  • 43. Blocking off meetings, errands, and commitments helps you visualize your time and stay on track. Why not schedule time specifically for language-learning? Image © Alan Cleaver
  • 44. Blocking off meetings, errands, and commitments helps you visualize your time and stay on track. Why not schedule time specifically for language-learning? Image © Alan Cleaver If you had a meeting with a language tutor, you’d show up, right? Literally schedule a meeting with yourself and treat it the same way.
  • 45. Scheduling a short study session for the same time each day will reinforce your commitment and turn it into a ritual, like going to the gym straight from work or having a bowl of ice-cream just before bed. Image © ginnerobot | flickr
  • 46. Scheduling a short study session for the same time each day will reinforce your commitment and turn it into a ritual, like going to the gym straight from work or having a bowl of ice-cream just before bed. Image © ginnerobot | flickr
  • 47. There’s time in each day for a language if you look hard for it and use it wisely. Start slow, get organized, plan ahead, and commit to it! Image © blue2likeyou | flickr
  • 48. Ready to make time for language learning? Sign up for a free trial of Transparent Language Online and dive in to our bite-sized lessons, easily consumed in 20-30 minutes each day! GET MY FREE TRIAL NOW!