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How to Set Language Learning Goals in Your Bullet Journal

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.


I believe in a more holistic approach to languages that incorporate positive thinking strategies and Mindful learning. You should start with thinking about what language you would like to learn and why? Meditate on it and visualize it. What would it be like to be able to speak that language?


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.


Got your S.M.A.R.T.T. goals sorted? Now get them written in your journal. I don’t know about you, but I much prefer the physical feel of paper and pens. Need some inspiration check  20 Inspiring Bullet Journals for Language learning and 10 Ways to use a Bullet Journal to Improve Language Learning.


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.

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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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My PDF worksheet will help guide you through creating your own language learning goals for the next 28 days ahead. Download the free 28 Day Language Planner Printable.  The planner also will help you to plan for any obstacles that may come your way.

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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!

Do you set language learning goals in your journal? What are your favorite ways to stay motivated when working toward a long-term goal? Do you have a language journal? Share your pictures of it on our social media sites or comment below. 

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20 Inspiring Bullet Journals for Language learning

Bullet Journaling was created by digital product designer Ryder Carroll back in 2013 and they seem to be taking the language learning communities by storm!

Here are 20 inspiring and beautiful bullet journals that are used for language learning…














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Inspired to give this a try? Need some ideas on how you can use a journal for language learning check out 10 Ways to use a Bullet Journal to Improve Language Learning. 

With special thanks to the awesome Bullet Journalling for Language Learners community on Facebook and the other contributors from around the web. Most of these images were sent to me directly, but there are a few from the web. I have made every effort to contact the owners to ask for permission for use.

Do you keep a language journal? If so how has it helped you with languages? Comment below or join in the discussion on our social media channels #LanguageJournals


Feeling inspired and want to start journaling? Check out our Official Language Learners Journal collection… 



10 Ways To Cut The Crap And Learn a Language Successfully

So you want to learn a new language, but you have tried time and time again only to fail miserably? The good news is…according to Einstein “You only fail if you give up trying” and after reading this article you are going to give this language learning malarky another go!  OR do you feel there is too much (pardon my English) crap in the way to try again?.

It is time to cut the crap and crack on with your language learning goals. Did you know that you can control the focus of your attention? Stop thinking like a fly that LOVES crap and start thinking like a polyglot with a thirst for learning new languages…

1 Remove Yourself From Negative Environments


First and foremost if people tell you-you can’t learn a language it’s impossible over a long period of time you may start to believe this. This belief will be ingrained in your own thoughts not just the thoughts of others. Guess what over time you start to make this ‘can’t do it‘ attitude a reality!

It really does become impossible…right?

WRONG the reason you ‘can’t‘ is that you listened and decided to focus on the crap that has resulted in blocking you from even trying! Don’t get swept up in negativity. Join a language learning community one that is full of positive energy.

Make the decision to stay away from negative environments that don’t serve you justice. Check out our Twitter or Facebook Page for some positive language learning environments.

2 STOP checking Emails and Facebook 5 Times an Hour

Seriously stop that right now! It isn’t productive. Schedule in a period of time to check emails or Facebook. Put some boundaries in place like only checking at 7 am in the morning and 7 pm in the evening. The longer you stick to doing this the more likely it is to become a habit. So after a month or so you would have got used to only checking social media a couple of times a day!

3 Limit Distractions

Create a learning space that is free from distractions. If it helps turn off all your email and social media notifications (don’t forget those phone apps too)!

4 Bullet Journaling

To increase productivity invest in a journal. A PAPER Journal! It will get you away from the many distractions of modern technology and allow you to really think about your goals and the progress you are making. For more information check out 10 Ways to use a Bullet Journal to Improve Language Learning.


If you are anything like me…a night owl this will be super hard for you! However, studies by clever folk have shown that we cannot function at our best if we do not get an adequate night’s rest. For more information check out How to Optimise your Brain for Language Learning.

You may think studying whilst the family are asleep will make you more productive, but actually, your quality of focus will not be at it’s best especially if you have had a hard day. Try to go to bed by 11ish and aim for an absolute minimum of 6 hours a night sleep.

It is a lot easier to wake early in the summer months than the winter, but getting up early potentially before the family can help you be more productive. Aim straight for 40-45 minutes of focused study time or use some of this time for some gentle meditation or exercises. I find meditating first thing in the morning really helps to energize me for the rest of the day!

7 De-clutter your Study Environment

My mother always used to say that a “tidy home is a happy home“. Personally, I am a messy person which is properly why my mother used to say this to me. Anyway, as much as I hate to admit it when I declutter my desk I do feel more motivated and get greater enjoyment from my study session.


How are we ever going find time to learn a language if we say yes to EVERYTHING! By saying no a lot adds more value to when you do decide to say YES. True Story. It is obvious that saying yes often will have a detrimental effect on your productivity. Eventually, you will just burn out. Make learning a new language your priority!

9 Diet and Exercise

Have you ever thought about the crap you put into your bodies? or How motivated you feel after some exercise? To be more productive ensure you exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes, eat a healthy balanced diet and drinking enough water (6-8 glasses per day). It is also important to reduce caffeine, animal fats, and sugar intake For more information on a healthy lifestyle check out Positive, Health and Wellness.

“Eat to live, not live to eat. Food is fuel”

Your health is really important and the better you feel the more motivated and productive you will be.

10 Make it a Conscious Choice 

Make it a conscious choice that you are going cut the crap and be a successful language learner. Make a note of it and stick it where you will see it on a daily basis.

What do you plan to cut out of your life to make yourself a more productive language learner? or What do you need to do more of to be successful at learning languages?

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