After reading the book The1thing I’ve found that having smaller non impressive goals that make up a bigger goals that make up an even bigger goal are better than just..”one day I will do this”.I highly recommend this book it has certainly given me enough information on how to set goals and succeed in my language studies. I won’t try and summarise it here though just check out the link provided.
Another great resource on this topic is from one of my language hero’s Benny Lewis on mini-goals.
Here is my 3 month goal (Bigger goal)
Here is my one month goal (Big goal) to end at the beginning of October broken down into mini goals that can be achievable and will make up something big if all done. Hopefully resulting domino effect as mentioned in The1Thing:
- Anki droid flash cards 5 times a week – 100 cards
- 3 language exchange sessions a week – this is the most important one. If I can’t do 3 one week then I have to make it up the next week. This is priority! Everything else does not matter compared to this.
- Listen to Pimsleur Eastern Arabic daily on the way to work and back in my car – usually 40 minutes there and 40 minutes back. I have no specific goal for where I should be on the course, I aim to have done most of level one.
- TalkInArabic – Take the content from Beginner from TalkInArabic and add to Anki droid flash cards for daily practice. These contain many themes such as greetings and much more. Lots of great stuff ranging from beginner to advanced. By adding them to my Anki flash cards I can memorise them. I pretty much know most of the beginner level but it’s good to have them saved in my flash card list.
- Pimsleur flash cards – just like the Michel Thomas course I used I will need to take them time to add these flash cards to Anki. I’m aiming to take 15 out of the 30 tracks and add them to my flash cards.
- Write a list of subjects I can talk about on my exchange sessions – very useful so I know what areas I am good at and what need to work on. Having these in a notepad will be very helpful if I get stuck with what to talk about.