Juggling work and language learning and all the rest

by Julia

I’m surely not the first one to complain about how hard it can be to find time for everything we want to do in life, especially when working full time. I have to admit that I never make things easy for myself – instead of reducing the amount of things I want to give my attention to, I tend to recklessly expand my list until it’s completely out of control and I feel utterly overwhelmed 😅

It’s always nice to take 5 minutes to sit down and re-evaluate. Let’s see how my life is doing at this point.

language learning. I’ve managed my time pretty well during these first 3 weeks at my new job and I’ve been consistent in dedicating my early hours before going to work to keep up with Anki and Duolingo. Needless to say, I felt a bit in shortage of more focused study sessions in which I could go through some reading and grammar. I’ve been studying intensively on my days off, but I need a little more time during the week as well.

household. I’m going to the process of konmari-ing my flat, and this is taking a lot of time and effort. At the same time it’s something I want to get done – I keep wasting time trying to rearrange things in spaces that are clearly too tight, things that I don’t need and don’t enjoy using in the first place (madness). I’m almost done with the decluttering part, but now I have to decide what to do with all that stuff – what to throw away, what to donate, and what could be worth reselling.

yoga. A couple of days ago I finally finished my 28 day programme of yoga for beginners on DoYouYoga, and I’m really proud of myself for finally completing an entire course 🙂 I would like to start soon with a new one, which has the only downside of having much longer sessions (about half an hour each). I usually do yoga first thing in the morning with both Asana rebel and DoYouYoga, and longer sessions will definitely take time away from language learning.

books. I’ve recently finished a buddy read with one of my Instagram friends, just in time to start going mad about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 😅 I read only 3 books out of the 16 selected for the long list, and I got a bit carried away and reserved everything I have yet to read on my library account. I already have 5 books coming on my way (on top of all the others I am currently reading) which maybe is a little too much 🙃 what was I saying about not making things easy for myself?

I think I need to rethink my time management skills – and also, as always, my priorities. What I should probably do is to take a couple of weeks to sort out my apartment so that I can be done with it and move on, and something similar for reading as well. I should also probably go on with my morning yoga session on Asana rebel, and dedicate 3/4 nights a week to do the longer sessions on DoYouYoga.

But it’s all pretty much a work in progress, so stay tuned!