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How to Avoid the Endless To-Do List Syndrome when Learning Chinese

I guess you’ve learned a few new words since the previous advice. How many words do you know now? Are still making smalls goals to reach in each learning session? Small goals are made to be easily achieved in a day, so don’t overdo it and set tons of small goals for yourself to reach each day.

This article is part of the Learning Chinese Motivation Playbook
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Make Yourself a To-Do List

Put your small goals in a to-do list for the day, or for the week, to clearly see what your tasks of the day are. That’ll also help you stay focused and motivated on what you have to do. The smaller your lists are, the faster you reach your goals, simple as that. You’re going to love the to-do lists!

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Stay Small and Keep It Simple

It can be really tempting to add many small tasks to your to-do list but resist doing it. Slow down the motion. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Endless to-do lists will make you feel bad about yourself, because, as their name tells you, they can never be finished, and you’ll lose confidence in yourself.

When you have 15 or more goals, it’s depressing because you know you won’t have time to achieve them all in your day. Feeling overwhelmed with too many tasks to do and never having the time to finish your to-do list is the best way to discourage yourself and to stop doing things everything.

Don’t turn your list into something impossible to manage. Instead, KISS your to-do list: Keep It Simple and Sustainable!

Stick to The Essential

  • Target the main tasks you want to do today. Pick tasks you can actually do and not everything you’d like to do. Think about what’s vital and what’s not for your learning session.
  • Put 3 or 4 tasks maximum to do on your list. No more.

Try your to-do-list like that and if you really feel comfortable, add more tasks. But again, don’t over-do it!  

Try It Out for Yourself!

Avoid the endless to-do list syndrome. Pick only the 3 essential tasks to do each day in your Chinese learning session. For instance, today on Ninchanese, you can focus on your reviews, do a listening exercise and a time attack of previous vocabulary stages.

The Nincha Team

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