I’ve had a look at my diary to understand what happened with July: I feel like it literally disappeared in front of me. You know when your projects end up all over the place and you don’t seem to be able to keep track of them? My July has been a mess made of too many ideas, too little facts and way too much stuff being postponed.
Whenever a new idea pops up in my mind I get restless and I can’t wait to start working on it, leaving all sorts of unaccomplished tasks behind me. It’s frustrating and it’s starting to make me feel quite anxious. I would like to be able to focus and to be more disciplined.
Phew, enough with rants. This month wasn’t a great one so I wanted to be honest about it. It’s no use to make everything seem pretty and shiny here on the blog when in reality I’m struggling. Hopefully I will find a way to deal with my plans better and to concentrate my energy on fewer projects. Maybe it just takes a bit more time to settle into the life of a freelancer.
Despite that I am satisfied with the language learning bit.
I kept enjoying studying Swedish and I dedicated time to it consistently every day.
The Instagram challenges were a good way to stay motivated and I’m proud I posted every day for #languagediarychallenge. I had to give up #IGLC after half month as I realised that creating the images was taking me way too much time. Next month I’ll try a more relaxed approach instead.
Everything else went pretty smoothly:
- Memrise: learn 100 new words. ✔
- Babbel: review weekly and do one new lesson per week. ✔
- Learningswedish.se: one new lesson per week. ✔
- hejsvenska: one session per week. ✔
- Rivstart books: two sessions per week. ✔
- SFIPodd: one session per week. ✔
Moreover, I had the chance to try Interlinear Books and I’ve been using it to improve reading skills. I’ll write a review later in August to tell you more about it. Spoiler: it’s good stuff.
I got curious to try Duolingo for Japanese after its recent release. I have mixed feelings about it but I have to admit it’s addictive and despite it being too easy for my level I feel a bit of a thrill for Japanese again. I’m rushing through the tree to write about it soon.
Plans for August
My Swedish routine will stay pretty much the same:
- Memrise: learn 100 new words.
- Babbel: review weekly and do one new lesson per week.
- Learningswedish.se: one new lesson per week.
- hejsvenska: one session per week.
- Rivstart: two sessions per week.
- SFIPodd: one session per week.
In addition I will try to finish the Interlinear Book I’m reading and I’ll throw in some Duolingo sessions whenever I feel like it.
In August I will be in Sweden for a week, so my main goal will be to actually talk to people I don’t know. I want to start ordering at a restaurant, buying something at a shop or asking for information. The main obstacle here will be to overcome my shyness.
I’m going to complete the Duolingo tree for Japanese, hopefully within a week / ten days from now.
As I seem to be more keen to study Japanese I will use Instagram to practice it this month. It feels like a good way to dip my toe in the water again very slowly, to recover bit by bit from my Japanese burnout.
I will take it very easy with French, reading a few articles and commenting posts if I have the chance.
August will be a month when I try to reassess my priorities and set an effective working routine. That way I will be able to be in full force in September, a month that always feels like a new beginning for me.
To do so I will implement a daily planner I created to help my boyfriend during the study weeks before university exams. It is based on the Pomodoro technique and I was so happy to see how well it worked for him that I want to share it with you as well. 🙂 It’s created with full time students or freelancers in mind, to help them make the most of their days.
I modified it slightly and you can now find it in my newborn (but soon growing!) resources library. Click on the image below to subscribe and get access. If you try the planner I’d love to know what you think of it and if you have any suggestions to improve it.
That’s all for this month, time to get to work. 頑張りましょう！
What are your plans for August? Are you taking it easy during the holidays or are you going to use your free time to study some more?