WAYS TO MAKE TIME 
5 
for
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” 
- Laozi
Think that you 
“don’t have time” 
to learn a language?
Think that you 
“don’t have time” 
to learn a language?
You don’t need more time in the day. You need to use your time wisely. 
Image © anieto2k | flickr
So let’s take a time inventory and find 
a place for language learning 
in every single day. 
Image © pure.sugar | flickr
1 
Identify time wasters
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” 
- Bill Watterson
For one week, keep a very detailed account of your activities from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. 
Image © oa...
Don’t let your precious time end up in here! 
Image © oatsy40 | flickr 
For one week, keep a very detailed account of your...
Now evaluate! 
Do you spend a lot 
more time in front of 
the TV than you thought because the couch is 
just so comfy? 
Im...
Identify your time wasters and reallocate that time to language study. 
Start slowly! If you must unwind in front of the T...
2 
Use up dead time
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” 
- Marthe Troly-Curtin
Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. 
Image ...
Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. 
Image ...
Instead of removing tasks from your schedule, look for “dead time” where you can simply add in a language.
Don’t cut your run short to study! Add a few foreign language songs to your running mix instead! 
Image © timtak | flickr
Spending 30 minutes commuting every day? Crack open a language book while you wait! 
Image © Serge Melki
Don’t add in language learning as just another chore. 
Add it in to spice up your existing daily routine! 
Image © stu-spi...
Image © stu-spivack | flickr 
Don’t add in language learning as just another chore. 
Add it in to spice up your existing d...
3 
Plan ahead 
(and not just for studying)
“You may delay, but time will not.” 
- Benjamin Franklin
Planning out language lessons is great… but only if you have time to do them! Try planning out other aspects of your life....
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...
Put everything in its right place. Keep your study materials organized and easily accessible. Lay out an outfit, pack your...
Make a list before you run 
an errand. Don’t stray from your 
list and waste time wandering the 
aisles. It’ll save you mo...
Get organized and plan ahead as much as possible, even for little things. Saving 2-3 minutes here and there throughout you...
4 
Disconnect
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” 
- William Penn
DROP 
YOUR 
WEAPON 
Image © NeilT|flickr
DROP 
YOUR 
WEAPON 
Image © NeilT|flickr 
We love our devices just as much as you do. (We are a tech company, after all!) ...
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 ...
Addicted to web surfing? Use RescueTime.com to monitor just how much time you’re wasting online and impose time restrictio...
Addicted to web surfing? Use RescueTime.com to monitor just how much time you’re wasting online and impose time restrictio...
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 pr...
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 pr...
Totally absorbed by social media? This may seem like an impossible habit to break, but at the very least, make 
a lesson o...
Commit to 30-60 minutes of complete “disconnectivity” each day. Even if you don’t put it all to studying, you’ll be 
more ...
5 
Literally schedule time
“Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” 
- Ray Cummings
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...
Blocking off meetings, errands, and commitments helps you visualize your time and stay on track. Why not schedule time spe...
Blocking off meetings, errands, and commitments helps you visualize your time and stay on track. Why not schedule time spe...
Scheduling a short study session for the same time each day will reinforce your commitment and turn it into a ritual, like...
Scheduling a short study session for the same time each day will reinforce your commitment and turn it into a ritual, like...
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...
Ready to make time for language learning? 
Sign up for a free trial of Transparent Language Online and dive in to our bite...
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  1. 1. WAYS TO MAKE TIME 5 for
  2. 2. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” - Laozi
  3. 3. Think that you “don’t have time” to learn a language?
  4. 4. Think that you “don’t have time” to learn a language?
  5. 5. You don’t need more time in the day. You need to use your time wisely. Image © anieto2k | flickr
  6. 6. So let’s take a time inventory and find a place for language learning in every single day. Image © pure.sugar | flickr
  7. 7. 1 Identify time wasters
  8. 8. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” - Bill Watterson
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 13. 2 Use up dead time
  14. 14. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” - Marthe Troly-Curtin
  15. 15. Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. Image © Matthew Simantov
  16. 16. Sometimes you waste time doing an activity, like watching too much TV, but sometimes you waste time doing nothing. Image © Matthew Simantov
  17. 17. Instead of removing tasks from your schedule, look for “dead time” where you can simply add in a language.
  18. 18. Don’t cut your run short to study! Add a few foreign language songs to your running mix instead! Image © timtak | flickr
  19. 19. Spending 30 minutes commuting every day? Crack open a language book while you wait! Image © Serge Melki
  20. 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. 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. 22. 3 Plan ahead (and not just for studying)
  23. 23. “You may delay, but time will not.” - Benjamin Franklin
  24. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 29. 4 Disconnect
  30. 30. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” - William Penn
  31. 31. DROP YOUR WEAPON Image © NeilT|flickr
  32. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 40. 5 Literally schedule time
  41. 41. “Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” - Ray Cummings
  42. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!
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