#ClearTheList April – Slow and steady wins the race

Yet another month has swept past, and it's time for my ClearTheList update for April.

What is ClearTheList?

Clear The List is a public accountability and goal-sharing initiative originally thought up by Lindsay from LindsayDoesLanguages and Shannon Kennedy from EuroLinguiste. Since January they have asked me and a few others to co-host in order to make CTL even bigger.

It gives some exposure to all of us, and it helps us stay accountable to keep learning and achieving our goals. This is very much in the spirit of my premium motivational course: Language Motivation Mastery.

You can also join! Instructions are in the widget at the very bottom of this post.

March Review

March felt shorter than usual because I took an entire week in London. Here I was helping out a friend mostly, but I also made it a priority to connect with my friends staying around so I went to Polyglot Pub (organised by Olly from IWTYAL) and I also organised a private dinner with Gareth from HowToGetFluent.

I love London a lot, and in the last few years I've been going there at least once a year. If I could live anywhere without considering the price then it would be London. Long-term dream perhaps?

Anyway, as always when I write these retrospective reports I'm always disappointed at my progress, I always feel like I could be doing more.

One problem I still have is the lack of my own space. For the last few months I've been staying with my mom trying to figure out where to go next. Should I go back to uni and finish my degree? Should I move abroad? Should I find a little flat in Denmark? Should I find a job?

All the questions left me slightly paralysed, and this has made a negative impact of my productivity in general. I'm sure once I get my own place (wherever that may be) that I'll be more ready to deal with increased productivity again, but for now I just kind of have to deal with it.

Accountability Challenge in Language Routine Mastery

One AWESOME thing that happened was I hosted an accountability challenge with the members of Language Routine Mastery. Every day I would post in the group and ask people to check in once they had accomplished their daily goals.

Having to host the challenge meant I had extra incentive to work myself, and so I had a very consistent month (more or less discounting the week I was in London, as it was REALLY busy.)

Now, I'm nowhere near as productive as my fellow CTL hosts but for me the KEY elements to successful language learning are:

  1. Have fun. If it's not fun, find a way to make it fun.
  2. Do something every day.

With that in mind here's what I worked on in March:

Spanish

Focus language. Have to do at least something in this every day.

Russian

Very casual maintenance

Hungarian

Very casual maintenance

Didn't do much in Hungarian this month. I watched a few YouTube videos from the Easy Languages channel, but otherwise didn't do anything.

April Goals

Continue my good stride of doing something in Spanish every day.

  • Complete Spanish 1 on Memrise
  • Listen to 1 Michel Thomas track every day
  • Listen to 7 episodes of Coffee Break Spanish

I also really need to start considering getting tutoring, but I'm a bit too bad in Spanish yet (totally an excuse) and I'm not really comfortable in my current location. Oh well, will HAVE to do this before soon ๐Ÿ™‚


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  • Panna

    Hey Kris!
    Fel a fejjel! (It means something like keep your head up! in Hungarian, in a very kind and supportive way)
    It might seem like there is a lot going on in terms of your future, but I’m sure everything will work out eventually.
    I can totally understand your excuse for not getting tutoring in Spanish, it’s the same for me in Japanese. ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess we’ll both have to work on this ๐Ÿ˜‰
    All the best for April!

  • dandiprat

    Good job, Kris! It sounds like you did more than last month, which is always good. Keep up the good work! I had a long period where I couldn’t do iTalki lessons because my son had just been born so I didn’t really have enough have space in my apartment. Having space really makes a difference. Glad to hear you’re not totally giving up on your other languages, too. It’s hard to keep up with some many languages.

  • Well I would say you did great!
    Times like this, when one tries to figure things out, can be very taxing but you’re working on keeping your motivation high and that’s admirable. I hope you find your way soon, I know how stressful that can be.
    Best of luck with your goals in April, the linguistic ones and everything else!

  • Have fun + do something everyday are pretty much my main go tos too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you’re enjoying Spanish!

  • Yup, sometimes I’m also asking myself questions like “Is it better to start studying at the university this year in September or next year in September?” or “Should I put time and effort into finding a job or should I create my own business?”, and “Do I really want to study in this country?”.

    Sometimes, I’m thinking about these questions too much and I don’t feel productive. I can understand your situation. But you’re right, the most important things are having fun and learning SOMETHING every day. A little progress each day adds up to big results =D

    Stop thinking about the things you haven’t done this month. Think about the things you have done and you can be proud of. Good luck this month!

  • Kris, I can totally relate. I’d love to have my own place and it’s frustrating when you don’t know what to do next in order to get one.

    I tend to overthink so I find myself asking the same old questions all the time. Dealing with so many uncertainties is always a struggle.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, though. I think you did great this month ๐Ÿ™‚

    I visited London last year for the very first time!

    I spent a month there and it was one of the best experiences ever. The city is charming, to say the least.

    However, everyone I met told me that they’d rather live elsewhere – anywhere, really – rather than in London.
    I was shocked to hear that!

  • Kris! Be my Russian accountability partner/study buddy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad to hear you’re still working on the language. I’m planning to go back to it once I’m a tiny bit more comfortable with Spanish. I hope you get things sorted soon so that you feel comfortable!

  • Angel – French Lover

    HI Kris ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your goals. Yeah I know I’m a little bit late ^^
    I love the idea of the accountability challenge in the Language Routine mastery. Such a good way to keep your students on the track.

    Have fun in (the rest of) April