The Japanese study experience is personal. Finding out what you like to do, when you like to do it, where you like to do it, and everything else that falls in between takes time. It takes trial and error. It takes success and failure. You have to do it. Otherwise you end up studying in a way you don’t like, and then you just crash. But is there a way to use your dislikes to your advantage?
Rather than focus on finding what you do like, why not at first try focusing on what you don’t like. Deciding whether you like a method, or tool, and want to continue it for months or years can be hard. Especially with the abundant amount of choices and information on those choices you now have available. Do you like it? Do you like it enough? Will you like it for all the time ahead to come that you will need to stick with it? The questions will pour in endlessly and can confuse even the most determined learner.
Try starting in reverse
If you start with the opposite question, things can sometimes go quicker. It’s often easier and more natural to know what you don’t like and what you don’t want to do. What do I want to do this weekend? That takes a lot of thought (or not?). What do I not want to do this weekend? I could sit down and effortlessly create a definite list for you.
Maybe you might internalize:
Some things you will be on the fence about. Some things you will have to try first to see if you really dislike them. But as your dislike list grows, so does your internal like list, and this leads you in a positive direction to figuring out your best path to move forward.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.