Do you find it hard to keep your attention and stay awake while studying?
Have you ever wondered how you can solve this problem and become more energized, focused, and motivated while practicing a language (without consuming an overdose of caffeine and sugar)?
Learning a language is hard.
It requires a lot of energy, time, consistency, and discipline. You can pay for the best resources but if you haven’t developed good habits, you won’t see the optimal results from your studies.
But you can do something about it.
What Type of Language Learner Are You?
Small changes in your daily habits can help you feel more energized and become a better language learner. Turn them into rituals and you’ll be amazed by yourself!
In this post, you’ll find 9 energy-boosting rituals that you can use to become a better language learner.
1. Plan Your Day/Week
Learning a language is similar to working on a project.
You can’t become fluent in just one day of practice. You need to define which steps you want to take to reach your goal.
The steps you want to take depend on which goal you want to achieve. This can be different for everyone.
Some people are satisfied when they know the basics because they are only learning the language for their holiday while others may want to reach a high proficiency.
Whatever your goal might be, you’ll need to focus on all aspects of language learning including speaking, writing, listening, and reading.
Planning your day and week gives you a clear idea of what you are going to work on the coming time.
You’ll be mentally prepared and more focused. Without a plan, you’ll be unproductive and lose your energy to get enough stuff done.
What makes a good plan?
Write down what you’d like to achieve by the end of the week.
Do you want to have learned 100 new words? Or do you want to have practiced your speaking every day to improve your intonation?
Don’t aim for something complex and unreachable but focus on a small and realistic goal.
2. Clean Your Desk and Room
In which room would you prefer to study? In a messy room or an organized one?
When you have too many stuff around you and on your desk, it will be easier to get distracted. By cleaning and organizing your desk and room frequently, you’ll create a healthy study space where you can focus and be productive.
This is one of the best energy-boosting rituals you can do to become a better language learner.
Tips for becoming more organized:
- Have a specific place for everything and place your stuff back at its original place directly after using it.
- Organize your room before leaving your house so that you can enter a tidy and organized study space when you return home and get into the groove immediately.
- Throw away the things you don’t need. This will help you make more space for the things you often use.
3. Don’t Eat Too Much or Unhealthily Right Before Your Study Session
What you eat affects the quality of your language practice.
If you eat too much or unhealthily, then, it will be harder to focus and memorize what you’re learning.
For instance, avoid eating high sugar food, such as chocolate bars, candies, energy drinks, and ice cream. They have a bad influence on your concentration and the sugar dips will make you feel tired.
Instead, you can eat high protein food, such as nuts, eggs, oatmeal, and meat. They will give you energy and you won’t feel hungry quickly.
Our mental state has also a huge influence on the way we process new information.
Some people are good at focusing on one thing for a long time. They won’t get distracted easily and don’t struggle with motivation. They are good at setting their feelings and thoughts aside when they are studying.
If you struggle with this, try meditation!
Meditation helps you understand your mind.
You can learn how to transform your mind from negative to positive and you can train your brain to become more focused. By only meditating for 10 minutes a day, you’ll notice a difference in your studies.
5. Remind Yourself of Your Goal
This is another important energy-boosting ritual you can do before your language sessions.
Learning something new can be tough and it’s simple to lose motivation.
What is your goal? Why do you want to be able to speak the language that you’re currently learning?
Remind yourself your goal before your language session.
You can also do this during a meditation session. Imagine how wonderful your life would be when you’ve finally reached your goal. Try to picture this in as many details as possible. The more details, the more effective it will be.
6. Hide Your Phone and Other Distractions
What is the thing that distracts you the most? It is your phone? Is it the television?
It’s often easier to focus on your work when the things that distract you are not in sight. Even when these devices are turned off, you’ll tend to grab your phone more easily when you see it.
Hide your phone in your bag or on below your blankets before you start studying and remove other distractions. You’ll notice that you won’t even think of them during your language session!
7. Prepare the Right Resources
If you struggle with motivation and don’t have fun during your language session, perhaps it is because you are not using the right resources.
What works better for you? Using grammar books or watching videos (as in online courses)?
There are tons of different resources that you can use.
Everybody is unique and has a different brain type and learning style. Try to understand what’s yours and choose the resources that fit you the best.
8. Stay Hydrated
Don’t underestimate the importance of drinking enough water.
Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. This also counts for your brains.
Get yourself one glass of water and keep it in the corner of your desk. Every now and then, go for a refill.
9. Plan Your Breaks
Sometimes it’s easy to punish ourselves and go at it non-stop.
However, taking breaks is very important. It helps us process new information, reduce stress, and increase focus. Without taking breaks, you’ll feel overwhelmed.
Make sure you stay up and walk for five minutes every 30 minutes of your study. Maybe you can go and grab a glass of water in the meantime.
What is your favorite energy-boosting ritual to become a better language learner?
Do you have an energy-boosting ritual? If so, what is yours? Share it with me and other language learners in the comments below.