Have you ever planned your language learning goals for the year ahead? Now I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I do like a plan! A plan for accomplishing my language learning goals, etc, etc… for the next 12 months, but broken down into manageable 28-day chunks with some break days in-between. Daily and monthly goals are part of bullet journaling, but annual goals now they require more planning and organizational techniques.
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It’s tempting to choose a language that will really impress your friends and family. However, unless that language is something you really want to achieve, you probably won’t have the motivation to make it a reality. Before setting any language goals it can be really helpful to discover what kind of learner you are? When you are aware of your learning style you can better plan your goals and will be more likely to succeed in achieving them.
Another common guide to goal setting is the S.M.A.R.T.T acronym. SMART has been used in the world of business for years, although the last ‘T‘ is a fairly new addition. It can be used as a practical guide for setting focused language learning goals. Grab some scrap paper and set some S.M.A.R.T.T goals.
The first Sunday of the month is when I create my monthly spread. I take a few minutes to consider any unaccomplished tasks from the previous month and check my language learning goals to check that I am on track.
Staying motivated can be really difficult. I’ve found that giving myself regular structured breaks can help energize me and make my language learning goals feel more attainable again.
Reward yourself, use affirmations, set daily reminders, take part in challenges and post in supportive language learning groups. Doing all this will help with motivation, accountability and energize you towards achieving your set goals. I also keep a list of inspirational quotes, so if I’m having a particularly bad day, I can add a positive boost to my daily pages.
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Remember that when it comes to learning a new language, goal setting is only the starting point! You need to be dedicated to your goals. They need to mean something to you. Write that reason in your journal. Take at least 20-40 minutes each day to meeting your language learning goals. You might not always reach your goals for various reasons so don’t be too hard on yourself just pick things up from where you left off and start again.
Good luck and best wishes for the year ahead!
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