The Breaks & the Method

About three weeks ago, I had a two week break (that ended just last week) from the computer. I needed a break from my usual life and just needed some time to relax. I knew I wouldn’t be “vacationing” in my most ideal sense, but it was alright for what it was. I initially played a lot of video games, but eventually got a bit bored and antsy. I wanted to work on something productive.

The only thing I could really do without my computer was Japanese, so I started doing that again.

I got through the rest of lesson 8 and got through lesson 9 (only have the kanji pages left). I read through lessons 9 through 12, 12 being the final chapter in my textbook.

I’m so close to finishing. I need to finish up lesson 9’s kanji pages, do lesson 10’s grammar and practice pages, then do everything I need to for lessons 11 & 12 and I’ll be done with my first textbook, Genki I.

Unfortunately, when I turned on my computer, all my desire to work on Japanese went away. I quickly went back to my previous habits. There wasn’t really a desire to do much because I’m numb to doing a lot of things right now.

Since I am so close to finishing, I have decided that I will be taking another break to get Japanese done. I am so close to finishing, I feel like I can hold it out and focus on it. I’m actually a bit behind where I wanted to be, so I’ll have to be putting in some extra effort, but I know it will be wonderful for me! There’s still a desire to finish Japanese, especially since I know I’m so close to the end of my textbook, as well as the method I have applied.

If you’ve read some of my previous progress entries, you probably have an idea of my method, but not how I’ve changed it. This method seems to be working pretty effectively when I stay away from my computer. Guess I’ll be going on these breaks more often, now won’t I?

My method goes like this as of right now:
– (One Day) I read 3 lessons (ex. I read lessons 8, 9, and 10); this gets my brain prepared and gives it time to start soaking in the information, as sometimes if I just do it all in one swoop, my brain gets confused; also, it lets my mind know that it needs to continue past the completed lesson

– (Three days) Flashcard the targetted lesson vocabulary for about 3 days

– (One day) Reread lesson’s introduction pages & vocabulary section; copy lesson’s vocabulary & kanji into notebook

– (One day) Copy grammar section into notebook

– (One day) Textbook practice pages; begin flashcarding the next lesson

– (One day) Workbook pages; flashcard the next lesson

– (One day) Kanji study sheet; flashcard the next lesson

– (One day) Kanji textbook & workbook pages; flashcard the next lesson

– Repeat, starting from the rereading & vocabulary copying

When I hit one lesson left to copy, I read the next two lesson. For instance, I initially read lessons 8, 9, and 10. Right after I finished copying down lesson 9’s grammar (the last section I copy into my notebook for each lesson), I reread lesson 10, as well as read 11 and 12.

As I noted above, this tells my brain that I am not done with my task yet. When I finish a lesson, I usually feel complete and my mind makes me move onto other things, completely unrelated to Japanese. This is an issue because I really want to get my Japanese done this year and if my brain thinks it’s done, it won’t let me continue until I force it or remind it that I’m not done quite yet. Reading ahead lets my mind know it’s not done.

I have found I’m more likely to continue on after I complete a lesson if I read ahead, as opposed to reading just one lesson at a time.

It seems to be working. I’m hoping this speeds up my schedule!

I’ll see you when I get back! Thank you for bearing with me!