Being productive with your English practice time is essential if you want to reach your goals.
You know what you want to achieve, but what is stopping you from achieving it?
Well, you of course!
You’re in control of your own action time and progress, nobody else is responsible. ONLY YOU!
So, whether you want to speak English fluently, improve your listening comprehension, learn to use phrasal verbs naturally, or speak like a native speaker, then you need to be more productive and constantly taking action towards your goals each day.
In this blog post I’m going to share my best advice to help you become extremely productive with your English practice, so that you can achieve huge results in a short amount of time.
The first aspect we are going to start with, is time management.
This in my opinion is an extremely important aspect of being productive.
There are 24 hours in a day and we all have the same amount of time, but yet some people seem to make huge progress and others simply don’t achieve much at all.
Well, the clear difference here is how someone uses or manages their time.
Do you use your free time well ? Or do you waste it?
The biggest excuse I hear is I cannot find time to practice my English.
I understand we all have commitments and things that require our attention. However, If you want more free time to practice your English skills, then you need to get disciplined with your own time.
If you have a random approach to time, you will find that you never really do achieve much.
To help you improve your time management it's a good idea to think about your time in blocks.
Let me explain what I mean by block time.
So let's say you work a typical nine to five shift (9AM to 5PM) or you have a commitment of work for 30 hours per week.
Then this time is already blocked time, as you have to do other things.
But you know when you're not at work or you don't have to spend your time doing other things that your life demands from you.
This is the time you need to block off on your schedule and dedicate that time to your English practice.
Here's something you can do right now to improve your time management!
So why not take at look at your schedule and think about the things that you need to accomplish whether it's work, home life, studies or family commitments.
Highlight or make a note of these times on your calendar and once you have blocked out all other commitments and responsibilities, you will then know how much time left during the week you can then dedicate to English.
Then all you need is good discipline to use and block that time for your English and stick to that time
Simple and highly effective!
Your ability to stay focused is more than just a worthwhile thing to cultivate, it's a critical factor in your English success or failure.
There are so many things to distract you from your English practice. Whats App messages, YouTube videos, friends and family, social media, even your own work and responsibilities can get in the way.
To be more productive with your English study you need to identify these distractions and remove them.
This takes self-discipline and determination. If you are easily distracted then it doesn’t matter if you have all the time or not to practice English, you will constantly find yourself being distracted.
Think about the things that potentially could distract you while you’re practising English.
Then remove them before you start to do any English practice.
Like now as I write this post, I have dedicated this time and removed all distractions to help me achieve it.
I don't have any social apps open. I have removed any possible distractions well out of my way.
You really should do this any time you spend studying or practicing your English. You could also inform anybody in your family that you intend on practicing English, so you would appreciate not being disturbed.
Another great suggestion for avoiding distractions is thinking about the place where you will study, is it a quiet room, or maybe your office. Wherever it is, it should be free from any distractions.
Keeping distractions to a minimum will greatly increase your productivity.
Study Smarter, Not Harder
OK, so once you have blocked time and from your calendar and removed all possible distractions, you’re now ready to use that time and think about how you can practice your English skills.
As a suggestion, it might be beneficial for you to think about how you can combine all the English skills into your dedicated study time.
This way you work more efficiently and achieve much more.
For example; In the hour or two you may have that day to practice English, what skills could you develop?
Maybe listening, vocabulary and pronunciation? Maybe reading speaking and writing?
These types of activities are great to combine.
You can choose something to watch or read that is relevant and interesting to you with the material you will no doubt encounter new words and phrases.
This is a good opportunity for some vocabulary work, as you may need to record new words, check for the correct pronunciation, record synonyms etc.
There are a lot of things you can do to make your English practice time more effective. You could speak and write about any material that you have watched, listen to or read.
This then provides extra speaking or writing practice.
In the time you have you should always think about how you can combine your practice so that you make time for each skill that you would like to develop.
This way you can guarantee you work smarter not harder.
Remember You never stop learning. Your knowledge and understanding of the English Language is the key to your success.
Continuous advancement in the right direction goes a long way to achieving your English goals.
You should be aware of the purpose of your studies, yes this is one of the most critical things for anyone who is wishing to master English.
Blindly studying just for the sake of it will never help you reach those dreams that you aim for.
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Matthew & Becky
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