I know Professor Arguelles made a video a while ago about time management. I can internalize all of his advice and make cool plans. But I cannot find a time management system that works for me.
As a result, I study languages and everything else fairly erratically. Some days I spend all day and night reading great literature but it’s negated by the fact that some months all the exposure I get is a few goofy YouTube videos in my target language.
What do you do to manage your time and keep yourself on some sort of a schedule, if you do at all?
For me the key is not to make time, but to use naturally occurring dead time-- commuting time, sometimes when I take my kids to the park (bad parenting, I know), and spells of insomnia-- for listening and reading.
This is my method, it has worked for me for nearly 3 years now:
Charge up your mp3 player and keep it permanently about your person. Listen to it whenever you aren’t using your ears for anything else. When you find yourself with a little free time, open up LingQ and read and learn the vocabulary in the lessons you have been listening to.
Edwin, I agree with all three lines of your comment. Precisely! I might console myself that writing in the forums may give me an additional language practice. However, in the depth of my soul, I understand that I delude myself. It is first of all, fun and a wasted time
Well, were it that simple, fellow.
Stop playing video games. Stop watching youtube videos. Stop messing around with your room. Stop calling people for too long on the phone. Stop browsing forums. Stop doing whatever isn’t bettering you as a person. Easy right?
That’s kind of the point of time management.
Anyway I agree that having a mp3 player with at all times is probably useful for some. But I have a 2 minute commute to school where I am not allowed to use one. I don’t drive so when I go out it’s almost always with another person, with whom I socially interact rather than sit there and listen to a mp3 player.
Yeah though the problem isn’t lack of free time, it’s lack of a way to manage it.
A simple to do list doesn’t tend to work for me. I found that an hour by hour one did okay but it’s difficult to predict some things in there.
I dunno, maybe it’s a problem like motivation: The only way to solve it is just to solve it.
Do you know what I mean?
Mp3 players are banned in my son’s school too, as are many educational web sites like Wikipedia. Sometimes I feel like going down there a giving his teachers a smacking…er, I mean a lecture on modern learning tools.
Many in the school system want control, they do not want kids learning on their own. They fear it might cost them “funding” at some point.
However, I can tell you from the conference I attended on Literacy and Technology that many teachers think differently and their number can only grow. But go down their and give them a smacking anyway, it can never hurt.
Time management=motivation. If I lack motivation to do anything, I will waste hours and hours, days and days without doing anything substantial learning activity. If my motivation is strong deep down, I won’t even waste idle moments. Good time management relies heavily on instilling good motivation
Of couse That I use the computer to study however I know a lot of people that when try to do homework or study languages end up distracting with Msn,youtube,skype,facebook.
(is correct say “end up distracting ?”)