In yesterday’s post I spoke about making 2020 my HEALTH year, today I would like challenge you to make 2020 your (business) English year.
Here’s my 6 step (little bit every day) plan.
- If you don’t already pay a daily visit to Teatime Titbits (TT), start now so that by January you are on the way to forming the (new) habit. In his book Atomic Habit * (recommended read *affiliate link) James Clear says “Don’t break the chain”. Let’s say you want to read the new TT posts, then make sure you take a look everyday Monday – Friday – the chain. If you have to miss a day and break the chain, no worries but don’t miss two days in a row.
- Make a habit of taking notes of vocab/grammar as well as useful titbits in a journal, vocab book or in an app like “Evernote”
- Organise daily learning. New vocab immediately becomes new learning material for the next day – 7 items of vocab on index cards / in vocab learning app and repeat as often as possible. Why 7? Somewhere I read that one can effectively learn 7 items of vocab a day. If you (can) manage more, go for it. BTW learning 7 items a day makes 1,855 over the 5 DAY WEEK year!!
- Use the new stuff as much as possible to ‘make it stick’, e.g. leave comments below the posts.
- Got more time on your hands? Why not check out the Daily Learn section https://teatimetitbits.de/daily-learn/ . You could always watch the vid of the week or browse the book club for ideas about new books to read. https://teatimetitbits.de/book-club/ (And then please support TT by clicking on the affiliate links to buy the book. There is NO extra cost for you!)
- Sign up for the fortnightly TT newsletter, become a true Titbitonian & go deeper with Dave. https://teatimetitbits.de/newsletter/
Naturally these are universal steps you can follow with any English language blog. I’m not sure whether there are any other (business) English language learning blogs, which offer such a variety posts & post as frequently as I do – ‘Don’t break the chain’.
So when to start? Now, even though tomorrow is the last post for 2019. I will refresh the Daily Learn a couple of times over the Christmas break. Promise!!!
To challenge sb (jdn herausfordern), to make a habit of sth (sich etw zur Regel machen), index cards (Karteikarten), ‚go for it‘ (hier: nichts wie ran), fortnight (zweiwöchendlich), post (Beitrag), to refresh (hier:aktualisieren)