Studying Japanese with your current method and tools can sometimes flatten out a bit. What first felt fresh, something that you looked forward to doing, can grow into an uninspiring habit. So what do you desire?
A new textbook. A new program. A new technique. You have a taste for something new. Even if the new thing turns out to not be so great, that initial freshness breathes some life into what you’ve felt has gone stale.
It’s fine to try new ways of studying, adjusting your methods and tools. This is important. However you must be careful about becoming too obsessed with the new. Always wanting that fresh feel results in you dropping other things that you could’ve been using more, and would’ve worked better if you used them longer.
By always looking for something newer, you aren’t giving many things a chance. You aren’t gaining the feeling of knowing your study routine. The more you get used to this constant change of new items, the more you want it, and the harder it is to stick with something that you can make work well.
I’ve been there.
In my early intermediate days, I was obsessed with finding new textbooks. I would buy them, and be super excited to begin. But then early on, things would start to drag and my thoughts strayed to find another newer, even better textbook. Every purchase was a burst of energy followed by a fall.
What was my result? A pile of textbooks that were only partially used, and never remembered.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Have you ever had to struggle with always looking for something new and better?