Study report #1

by Julia

At the end of my first week at my new job and of my language learning comeback, I think it’s good to stop for a few minutes and reflect on what I’ve managed to accomplish in these last 7 days LL-wise.

First of all, my new job has a very different schedule from the old one. I now start quite late (9:45am) and finish equally late (6pm), which means two things:

  1. I can go back to have a morning routine (very much appreciated)
  2. I cannot count on my ability of studying before/after dinner because by the time I’m home my brain has already set itself on relaxation mode

This has required a certain organisation on my part, and even more a strong discipline in getting things done in the morning [because otherwise they won’t get done at all].

Let’s break my week down, shall we?

  1. Monday. My first day off since FOREVER. Went downtown to do some shopping in the morning and had noodles for lunch (a must). Did Duolingo + flashcards and characters review on Anki in the afternoon for both Chinese and Japanese.
  2. Tuesday. Second day off, spent at home in my new Friends jumper (love). Same as above in the morning; in the afternoon I dedicated myself to the much procrastinated tasks of reviewing some old printouts from Chinese Class 101 (and then discard them). Mission accomplished.
  3. Wednesday. First official day at my new job. I managed to do some Duolingo in the morning before work.
  4. Thursday. This is the day I usually start work at 10:45 so I decided to use the additional morning time to go to Starbucks and get some solid study there. I did a long character and vocabulary practice on Anki for both Chinese and Japanese, and took some notes on things I need to do next in my study.
  5. Friday. Only managed to do some Duolingo on the bus.
  6. Saturday. Same. I needed a slow morning.
  7. Sunday. Sunday is 10:45 start as well so I managed to both sleep a bit more and get some study done. The annoying thing about Anki is that even if you don’t review for a couple of days you immediately start to accumulate a thousands new cards to study. I guess I’m not the only one to complain about this.

All in all, I quite happy with the way I managed my time. My change of schedule has been huge so adjusting necessarily takes some time, and I could have done much much worse. I would like to be able to find even more time for language learning in my week, so I’ll probably try to do things a bit differently next week. I also have a lot of other commitments that I’m trying to carry on (too many?) on a daily basis, so balancing everything is definitely not easy. I’ll probably need to review my priorities a bit.

I’m finally off tomorrow and Tuesday, can’t wait to have some me-time for languages and books 🤤