Busy day. Not enough sleep. Zero motivation.
Here’s the point: when I opened up Memrise this morning, there were nearly 100 words waiting for review, and I didn’t feel like reviewing them. So what I did was review them anyway.
At the beginning, it didn’t go well. Memrise gives you the words to review in groups of 10 and I was missing half of them. They were, by and large, words I should have known, but my brain just didn’t feel like cooperating this morning. I dug in, though, and, for the last three rounds, I was getting 80% – 90% right, and now they’re all done.
So, I’m learning Japanese for the fun of it…
But studying this morning wasn’t fun…
So, why did I do it?
Because, ultimately, I want to learn. I want to be able to speak Japanese, and that goal is best served by studying every day. Maybe I could have studied later in the day, but maybe there wouldn’t have been time, and maybe I would have felt even less like studying then than I did earlier. Who knows?
There’s also the fact that, if I do manage to make time to study later, I can now spend it learning new stuff instead of reviewing.
Also, you notice make time and not find time.
I would say that the most important things is consistency in your studies. If you skip a day, that can easily become two days, which can easily become three days, a week, two weeks…and suddenly you basically have to start over.
You don’t want to do that.
So I study even if I don’t feel like it.
Yes, there are exceptions. Some days you’re sick. Every once in a while, you might choose to take a day off to rest your brain. Some days you really are just too busy or too tired. But, if you are going to learn, those days have to be rare.
Studying fifteen minutes a day seven days a week is much better than studying two hours a day one day a week.
Of course, studying an hour a day is better than studying fifteen minutes a day, but that amount of time can be quite a bit harder to come by, so do what you can, but do it as close to every single day as you can.