The ONE thing book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is all about laser-sharp focus & productivity. It gives us simple yet powerful tools and strategies which we believe when applied to your language learning goals produce extraordinary results.
First, find your ONE thing to be successful in learning a language:
“What’s the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything will be easier of unnecessary?” – Gary Keller
To find the answer to this question, you need to know what your goals are. Take out a pen and a piece of paper and just spend a few minutes thinking about the following:
For example, your “Daily” goal might be time-blocking 15 minutes after dinner to understand how the language works, practice speaking skills with a friend 10 minutes before a class, spending as little as 5 minutes to revise new vocabulary before going to bed, waking early to prepare for an exam to get your level certified, making a few sentences before breakfast with the knowledge of whatever you’ve learnt so far, or reading a paragraph in the evenings from a book suited to your level.
Based on the daily goals above, here’s the ONE thing you could do right now, pick a spot where you won’t be disturbed, silence your mobile, practice verb drills. Call a friend and ask if he/she is willing to arrive few minutes early before class to practice with you. Find a system which will encourage you to practice 5 minutes before bedtime – Choose an app or go old school and learn off your own language journal, so on and so forth.
If you have the luxury of time, it is worth investing 4 hours every day to speaking/listening/reading/writing although not absolutely necessary. It all depends on your goals and the time you can spend each day. Each of us has different goals and approaches when it comes to learning.
Found your ONE thing to be successful in learning YOUR language? That’s fantastic! 4 hours or 4 minutes, start right now! Take action. We promise you’ll feel great!
Take the 66 day challenge
Constant repetition is the golden key to developing any skill. We can all agree 4 minutes doing your ONE thing every day is going to produce more results than 4 minutes a week. Hold yourself accountable. Take the 66 day challenge. You can ask your Language Teacher for a copy, there are also some copies waiting for you at the reception desk. Teachers learning a new language are also invited to take up this challenge 😉