The Autumn/Fall Sale is over, thank goodness, as it’s been a lot of work for our team.
And yet there’s no rest for the wicked, as they say. This week I also start teaching a variety of English classes (kids and adults) for our 30-week academic year, which will end at the beginning of June 2022.
Oh well, it’ll get me out of the house, which after all the time spent at home during the pandemic is no bad thing at all.
That said, it’s at moments like this – when routines are changing, when I take on extra commitments – that my time spent reading, listening to and speaking foreign languages is most imperilled.
You’ll know the feeling I’m sure, as very likely our brains are running more or less the same software, give or take some minor differences between versions.
Things you’d intended to accomplish not getting done at the times when they would normally have happened, jobs getting left off the day’s already overstuffed ‘to do’ list, or worse, abandoned altogether…
I have no time to learn Italian, you lament.
I hear you, and know the feeling. I have no time to build my listening, reading and speaking skills in Spanish, French, Turkish or Swedish, especially while recovering from a stroke, tidying up after a Sale, and preparing for the beginning of an academic year.
And yet, it’s also at moments like this that our priorities can be reasserted, and new routines established, in ways that accommodate the things we have to do if we want to move closer to our goals.
Though who would want to add additional pressure to the overwhelm???
The trick then, and I write this after having employed it multiple times over the weekend, is to just do one small thing.
Listening to the news in the language you’re learning while preparing lunch, for example. Or browsing the headlines on that news app on your smartphone, while waiting for a meeting to get started, or for the bus to arrive. Or fixing a day/time to chat with your online teacher.
Do one small thing.
And then do another. And another. And another.
Take that approach and, pretty soon, you’ll be able to look back and notice that things are back to normal.
Or at least, to some sort of ‘new normal’ that respects your commitments, but also your objectives in life.
Though don’t think about that now.
Just do one small thing.
Do it today.