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A study schedule Un horario de estudio

I do not even like the words – study schedule. I don’t think micromanaging my time like this is the way for me. Having a set study schedule might work for you, but I find that implementing studying simply whenever I have time to spare works great. 

As far as planning goes, I like to have some topics in mind for when I do find some spare time. Most of the planning is just done mentally – I think to myself I want to review demonstrative adjectives, complete some Rocket Spanish Lesson,  read out loud for 20 minutes or whatever I see fit. 

I understand that life happens. My energy levels fluctuate, my mood, my environment, my work schedule, and the available amount of potential study time. So, I don’t make a set study schedule. 

I want to avoid setting myself up for disappointment and shaming myself for not checking every box off my study plan. The reality is that life is not cookie-cutter perfect. Sometimes I have to work an extra hour, sometimes I get off work early, sometimes I make spontaneous plans. Unexpected things always happen that can make it really difficult to stick with a schedule. 

Incorporating study techniques here and there throughout each day really adds up. Lately, I have been feeling overwhelmed by all the terrible news of the world —massive fires out of control here in California, Coronavirus outbreaks worsening and cases multiplying, millions of Americans still unemployed, sadly, the list goes on, and this has caused me stress and grief and anxiety. I am just left feeling awful and mentally drained So, right now I give myself permission to just be present, mindful, and do what I want…whenever I feel like it. Giving myself permission to feel and slow down in this way has been life changing.

To have a better idea of when I fit bits of study time into my modern, American life this is what a typical week day looks like for me: 

Wake up 

Guided Meditation in Spanish 

Yoga and relaxation 

Water the plants 

Feed Buddy 

Train Buddy in the yard or inside (if the air quality is poor) 

Breakfast while listening to a podcast is Spanish or watching Yabla videos (yabla.com) 

Read or write in Spanish and English

Message some language learning friends on Hellotalk 

Start work around 10:20 AM

Lunch break at 2:45- a quick duolingo lesson, check instagram for spanish related posts – I follow quite a few Spanish teachers 

Work, work, work till around 7:15 PM 

Check my phone 

Eat dinner 

Clean 

Watch youtube or netflix content in Spanish – aim for one hour

Spend time with Buddy and my Mom 

Write for my blog or social media

Go to bed

As you can see, it is quite sporadic and I don’t have much free time. Yet, fitting learning activities into my daily routine has given me that consistency that I need to see progress in my ability to comprehend and use Spanish. 

This is what has been working for me. I challenge you to find what works for you. Learning a language as an adult in 2020 is definitely not the same experience for everyone. I hope this post gives you some motivation to keep learning. You got this! Tú puedes. Siga aprendiendo.

Con una sonrisa,

Rosa Janelle

2 thoughts on “A study schedule Un horario de estudio”

  1. Hi Janelle! You are such an inspiration and I love your confidence, motivation, and personal growth that you are sharing. My father decided to learn to speak Spanish when I was in High School. He was 50 years old. So. It’s never too late to spark new interests and set new goals. Btw.. what do you do for work?

    1. Hi Mary! 🙂 Thanks for your ongoing support and interest. Your father is incredible! It is never too late. There were many people over the age of 50 in my Spanish class. Many of them eager to learn. I’m a customer service representative for one of the world’s largest clothing retailers. However, I’d love to be a business owner someday. #futuredreams – Janelle

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