In the long and winding search of finding out what works for you, you may end up going through a mountain amount of materials, techniques, and methods. You try it, it doesn’t work, you move on. Repeat, until you start narrowing down where you really shine.
This is great, and the you should enjoy the experimentation. Nothing should hold you back and you should give yourself freedom to try everything.
However there is a way to be more efficient and accurate with your search. In our efforts to find the best thing there is, you often discard things quickly. I once talked about being careful of trying too many different methods. I still believe this, but there is just as important a point to focus on.
If you find something not working for you, before throwing it out completely, and the work you’ve already spent getting to know it and get used to it, try something simple first:
Just change it a little.
There are times when making one tiny adjustment that can make all the difference, and turn a near discard, to your new favorite weapon.
A major example is Anki. There are some features that completely ruin what would work amazingly because of one default feature. Some people don’t like to know their daily count. Or their time spent. Other people want to know the maximum amount of details and statistics possible. When you have something as capable as Anki, every small feature can be enabling or defeating.
This concept also carries over to every technique on this site.
For example, you hate the thought of not being able to use English subtitles. But if you watch it the first time with subtitles, and then repeat listen wihout, that may have been just what you needed. Or maybe the thought of J-J bothers you. However, giving yourself the ability to look up the word in English, but only add the Japanese may be just what you are looking for.
So before something reaches the Japanese garbage pile next time, give it a slight alteration and see what happens.
What have you given just a little change which made all the difference?
What were you ready to pass over, but after giving it a little tweak you found a new ally?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.