Habits put learning on steroids.
Having an English learning habit kills procrastination, removes excuses, and leaves a clean path for fast and steady progress.Habits put learning on steroids.Click To Tweet
To build your English learning habit, follow these six easy steps:
Step #1: start small.
Even better, start very small. On day 1, do only two minutes of English. Play a recording in your English course or a few vocabulary flashcards. No more.
On day 2, do three minutes. On day 3, do four minutes. Soon you’ll be doing ten or twenty minutes without even noticing it.
Step #2: make it convenient.
Use an English course that suits your lifestyle.
Forcing yourself to sit down and free up a whole hour in the middle of your busy day won’t work. You’ll find yourself procrastinating. Instead, go for a course that blends into your daily routine.
Online courses and courses you can download to your phone and tablet are ideal.
Step #3: make it daily.
It’s better to learn for ten minutes every day than two hours once a week. You’ll make faster progress, and you’ll look forward to playing your English course, instead of dreading it.
Step #4: make it predictable.
Find a daily time slot and stick to it.
For example, play your English course on your commute or during your lunch break. That’ll help you avoid procrastination, and will get rid of the stress of having to find the time every day.
Step #5: have micro goals.
Most goals we think of in life are too vague.
Here’s an example: “I want to become fluent in English one day”. A goal like that is not just vague, it’s also scary.
To come up with achievable goals you need to think tiny. Try having weekly and daily goals, for example: “I’m going to finish one lesson per week” or “I’m going to do three drills every day”. Achieving your daily micro goals will make you fluent in English.
Step #6: allow for imperfection.
When you let yourself down and miss your goal, avoid dwelling on the negative. Instead, think of what you can do to stay on target. Is there a better time slot for your English lessons? Would a different type of course be more convenient for you?
Remember: the secret to becoming fluent is to make your English lessons addictive. When you can’t say “NO” to your lessons, you’ll become fluent fast.
You can’t see other people’s point of view when you have only one language.