We’re now at week 3 of my Productivity App Challenge, and I’ve actually learned a lot about myself. Since starting my challenge, I feel more productive with all the activities I’m pushing myself to do and I can see the progression improving.
On top of doing this this challenge, I’ve noticed that my energy to write more has increased. Getting a bit more organized and publishing more, however, I don’t think I’m carefully editing as I’m supposed to be.
Which is fine! Trial and error.
I don’t like the idea of being perfect every single time, but I feel that once I have the habit of covering all of the bases in publishing, it will be second nature to me.
In the meantime, writing and publishing it within the same week is a huge accomplishment for me. Now let’s get to my reflections for the following apps in my productivity challenge.
I’ve simply just lost interest in it. It doesn’t get me motivated to get my brain or body all riled up to start learning. If something becomes “work” in your head, then you simply don’t enjoy it.
I may just casually log into the app and see what new things I can learn, but I’m finally at the acceptance stage where I realize that I am not a coder. I’ve come to terms that I’m not going to be a professional web designer or a Ruby engineer, but at least I have the basics down so I don’t feel lost when I’m reading articles about it.
Hachi ji gozen desu – It is 8am.
I think I got that right.
Telling time in Japanese was the hardest lesson that I have to overcome this week. After failing and failing to structure the correct sentence, I finally got it down.
During this time, I had small epiphany.
Duolingo has this progression bar for each lesson, and if you finish the lesson with a perfect streak, you get a fancy golden bar at the top of your screen.
I’ve become so obsessed in getting that golden bar for each lesson, I get incredibly stressed and annoyed when I mess it up. To the point where I start to rush through the lesson and start mashing buttons.
That’s when I realized that I’m not carefully rereading the sentence. I’m not matching the grammar. I’m not figuring out what each kanji letter means. Learning a language isn’t about being perfect, but means to make mistakes, go back, and relearn the lesson. It’s okay not to be perfect and make mistakes.
My goal isn’t to get a perfect streak any longer. My goal now is to make sure that I understand the grammar, look at the proper kanji, and to take my time with it.
I developed this bad habit when I used to do these lessons on my morning commute. Since I was strapped with time, I would try to rush through my lessons before I get to my destination. But now that I am at the comfort of my own home, I don’t need to rush and I’m taking all the time I need to finish my daily goal. I’m finally absorbing and looking through each sentence carefully.
So even if I don’t get to complete this Japanese course by my expected date, as long I am actually learning the language, I’ll be super happy.
(And I can finally understand my animes more!)
I had just completed the 10 Day Beginner Course! Since I was only doing it on the weekdays and not including the weekends, it took me this long to finish it. And you know what?
I bought the yearly membership for $19.99.
Not bad of a deal!
I think that if I can keep this up, I’ll get my money’s worth of lessons instead of going to the a yoga studio which will save me $10-20 per week including transportation.
Since each session is less than 30 minutes long, I might do one in the morning and one in the evening. However, since I’m still building my morning routine habit, I don’t want to get overeager by adding more to my schedule.
It finally feels great to have a morning routine again which helps kickstart my day. Part of me misses the routine from working a full-time job, but having the self-discipline and being accountable of your own work is quite rewarding.
Since I did mention in my first post that it takes about 21 to 66 days to form a habit, let’s keep on track until week 10 to see if I’ve successfully built a habit with this.
What is your morning routine like? Do you run? Write? Or just simply making coffee? Leave a comment below!