Welcome to learning Japanese, this is how I am planning to learn Japanese without a teacher. I am writing this series for myself to keep track of my progress, more of notes.
I already have some materials given by my teacher and know some fundamentals. Here are some links I find very useful.
I am going to follow my teacher’s methods: learn the Hiragana characters, learn some words and create basic sentences
Laying the strong foundations: mastering the vowels
あ – aa (pronounce a as in all)
い – e (pronounce e as in enough)
う – Uh
え – é (pronounce e as in hey)
お – ô (pronounce o as in Hospital)
Words with above characters
あい – Love
あお – Blue
いえ – House
いいえ – No
うえ – Top
おい – Nephew
あう – Meet
Yes is pronounced as ‘Hai’
No is pronounced as いいえ (e-e-a)
I wanted to share with my friends some of productivity practices I am trying to imbibe in my routine which are giving results. Writing this help me put my ideas in order and I can share without repeating. And here it is. For me being productive is to have more time. The judgment of what is required and what is not, what is worth persuing and what isn’t is a skill to develop. My inspiration for productivity arises from a thought that having time to waste is the greatest of all luxuries. When I realized this luxury came at a bigger cost and seemed not affordable. If you appreciate that having time for yourself and for things you care about, please read further.
Cutting down the crap
How often we become restless when the phone the battery falls below 10% ? Probably everyday. Social media is successful in making oneself feel their own life is miserable.
- I removed myself from social media which didn’t add much value to me. I still have twitter account, I try to carefully use it by un-following those spamming; Spam: those information doesn’t add value to life.
- I try to not read news, and not spend my cognitive energy on sensational crap from the internet. I would rather not have a conversation if that was the only purpose of reading news. “Low information diet” as called in Four hour work week.
How do I effectively make judgments about what is important and what is worth persuing. This is a constant effort and enough time spent on planning each day is crucial, because this keeps me in line with my goals.
Plan bottom up
- Write down the plans for the year
- Write down the plans for 6 months
- Write down plans for 3 months
- Write down plans for 1 month
- Write down plans for this week
- Write down plan for today
Tip: Make plans for the next day the previous evening.
execute top down
- Plan the day, such that it makes sense to achieve goals for the week, and plan goals for the week that is in line with monthly goal. and monthly goal inline with quarterly goal and in turn year’s goal.
- Goals and plans change, review and audit if goals meet your plans.
- Keep everyday goals small and achievable, this is required for improved flow of confidence and increased serotonin release.
- Spend time to prepare/study to execute goals, unprepared mind will lead to stress. (todo: write an post :P)
All the goals require auditing, spend time to review your progress.
Benefits: Chaos to Order, effective use of time and self improvement.
Life style + attitude
- Work for yourself. There is no one with altruistic intentions. Create your work that will benefit others.
- Design your day, find early successes. Find out things that make you feel successful, can it be making your breakfast? Or making your bed?
- Habits should work like a well oiled machinery. effortlessly automatic. Create habits that benefit you. Compounding effect of even something small over a period would bring great results.
- Exercise: healthy body/mind is crucial to execute those goals, Goals doesn’t make sense if you sick and tired. I follow the seven minute workout. I recommend it. 7 minutes for 7 days a week, think of benefits if done for a year.
- Don’t skip breakfast.
Take feedback and find inspiration
Constant improvement is a value. Ask for feedback from person you trust, and gracefully think through them and if it makes sense, work on it.
While I strive to follow my own advice, these have brought in tremendous benefits to my own life and satisfaction.
Words of wisdom as I turn 30 🙂
Special thanks to Murat for helping me fix my lousy English and trim the post.
While all of the above still remain true and I follow that. There are few more that are helping me become faster.
- Detachment: backwards law – too much care about becoming better only makes one look less confident and weaker in own eyes.
- Spending time to ask the right questions.
- taking it slow. work is never over.