Moving Around

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein

Now, I know I told you back at the beginning of Season 1 that you need to find your Japanese Studying Happy Spot, but after a while things can get a little boring if you don’t move. The worst thing, though, is distraction. So, sometimes it helps to move around. I’m talking about all kinds of places. Here are some ideas:

  • Go outside instead of inside (or vice versa)
  • Go to a coffee / tea shop
  • Go to a relative / friend’s house
  • Go to a mall or shopping center
  • Go someplace else in your house
  • Go under your desk

etc. There are limitless places you could move to and study your Japanese. Moving around does a few things (though I’d still recommend you keep your home base and come back to it often). First, it makes things a little different, and a little more exciting. Second, often times other places involve being surrounded by other people (like in the case of a coffee shop), which means you feel like people are watching and judging you so you need to study harder. Last, it’s just a different area. Perhaps you’ll find you actually study better somewhere else! It doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

Task: Next time you study Japanese, try doing it in a different place, preferably one you’re not used to. You might find you’re able to focus a lot better!

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