I want you to think back to the best video game you ever played. The one you played into the night, and for a few weeks or months was a serious interference to other life activity. Got it? For me, it was Starcraft many years ago. And we all know you can’t just put your life on hold because you are heavily addicted to a game.
So you often watch the clock, knowing that you have other things to do.
And you set yourself a time limit. You have 3 hours to play. Then you gotta do homework, or study for a test, or go to work, or spend time with family.
Every time you look at the clock, your available game time vanishes right before your non-believing eyes. You started with 3 hours and there are now only 30 minutes left. Thought you still have 20 minutes? You have about 30 seconds. Thought you can get one last kill in? You are now 10 minutes late.
Now let’s switch to what it looks like when you are studying Japanese with methods that aren’t suited for you, using boring materials, and not finding what sparks your inner excitement.
You plan to study for 3 hours. After 20 minutes you feel like you have studied for an hour but look at the clock to see how only 20 minutes have passed. You look again and again, seeing the time slowly crawling by. Eventually you get to the last minute (you have been checking quite often) and you finally breathe a sigh of relief.
You know the video game situation is ideal.
The next time you study, I want you to see which you are closer to.
Do you check:
1. How much time available is left
2. How much time you have to go before you can stop
Obvious hint. You want and need to get as close to number one as possible.
I know, I know, video games are nothing but fun, addicting, and no work at all. Studying is studying after all.
Stop thinking like this. You can find what is fun, what’s interesting to you, and ways to enjoy even the harder unpleasant grinding.
When you finally make this transition, life will be good.
Do you check out how much time you have left, or how much time you have to continue for? What allowed you to achieve the transition?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.