5 productivity techniques for learning Persian

One of the most usual complaints of adult language learners, especially those with hectic daily schedules, is that they can’t fit language learning in with all the other tasks they need to complete on an average day. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can harness the power of the productivity techniques you use at work and with a bit of adaptation, use them to help reach your Persian learning goals, too.

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1. Set goals properly

Goals are as vital in Persian learning as they are in work. Setting effective goals is the starting point for tracking your progress and improving your Persian skills faster. The smart goal productivity system favored by so many business and management textbooks works perfectly for learning Persian, too. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-related if you want them to help improve your Persian learning.

2. Schedule practice time

There are certain aspects of learning Persian for which you will need a dedicated chunk of time to learn effectively. Learning new Persian grammar points or sentence structures generally requires some time to think. Look at your Persian learning plan and identify any points or activities that you will need time to focus on, then look at your calendar and allocate a specific time to work on each of these points. Write “Persian practice” and the name of the point you want to work on. In fact, once there is a time slot for it in your calendar, practicing becomes a real commitment and you are more likely to actually do it.

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3. Make the most of downtime

Whether it’s checking new messages on the bus or managing your task list while you are waiting for someone to arrive for a meeting, using time when you wouldn’t otherwise be working is a great way to use every minute of the day. Persian learning activities that don’t require intense concentration are ideal for fitting into your downtime. Review Persian vocabulary, listen to a podcast or read news or article whenever you have a small chunk of time free and see how much faster your skills improve.

4. Use a to-do list for flexible tasks

The to-do list has been a staple of productivity gurus since before ‘productivity’ was even a word and there’s a great reason for that – it works. For many people, having a visual reminder of the things they need to do in the day then being able to cross them off one by one is a good and also satisfying experience. If you are one of those people, using a to-do list to manage your Persian learning will improve your rate of progress. There are lots of good to-do apps available too, which will give added functionality to your lists.

5. Please track your progress and review the way you practice

In fact, in the world of work, almost everything we do is tracked – it’s how we measure and improve efficiency. When something isn’t performing the way we want it to, then we look for the reasons why and try to change it. It’s surprising how many people don’t do this with their own language learning. We all get into habits with language learning and while the habit of effective practice is a good one to develop, negative habits are often hard to detect and break because they have already become a part of our lives. Reviewing your progress and being honest with yourself is the only way to break out of these negative habits and form new and more positive habits.

Being more productive with your Persian practice doesn’t just help save time. Reaching goals and being able to see the progress they are making is a motivational experience for any language learner and will encourage them to continue learning and improving their skills. So whether you are a Persian learner or a Learning and Development Manager, it’s time to make productive practice part of your Persian language learning program today.

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