From the beginning, we should be aware that studying a new language requires periods of lecture and practice. You should be thinking: “Yes, I know about that”. However, what happens when you sit down and open your book? Many people feel a “small physical pain” in their head and it can disappear in two different manners: walking away from the task until it clears off, or doing something more pleasant than studying. Do you recognize yourself in these situations?
Don´t feel guilty! This is procrastination and it is more common than you can imagine. However, you can beat procrastination with some successful techniques and improve your language learning. Check out the tips below.
1. Take a short period of the day to study – wherever you are.
If you are a busy person between work and social life, set 2-3 times a week to study and practice Portuguese. For example, get 30 minutes off your normal activities and work on assignments, or make an appointment to talk with your professional instructor. It will even better to keep up with your practice with lessons via Skype.
Doing a little bit every day is an efficient method to get around lack of motivation to study for many hours. Seja persistente!
2. Are your sofa or bed inviting you to relax? Go out of your home!
Choose a local library, a quiet cafeteria, or any other place that offers a silent atmosphere for you. The most important thing is to choose a place that has no temptations or distractions that invite you to, for example, clean your stuff, watch TV, or sleep. Some people work better out of their home or changing from place to place every week. Find out what works for you.
3. Get away from social media distractions
Most procrastinators complain that social media distractions disrupt concentration and prevent them from getting more done. If you receive notifications from social medias (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, or any other) all the time, just turn them off and focus on your book. Set times of the day to check your social media. You will get more done this way.
4. Pomodoro technique
This is one of the most famous techniques to improve our concentration on tasks, and it is very easy to use.
The Pomodoro Technique is a patented method of time management and its goals are to increase concentration and productivity, minimize disruptions, and create habits.
The technique stimulates us to work in blocks of time. Typically people work with blocks of 25 minutes. During that time, you turn off any distractions and focus on your task. You can adjust the time to fit your rhythm. Some people prefer to work with longer periods of time to ensure that they get in a good flow.
Define how many blocks of Pomodoro you want to have in a given day. Take breaks between them. Some people like to alternate tasks between blocks. If you define to do one Pomodoro per day, that´s fine! Watch this interesting video talking about the Pomodoro Technique: