But first, I don't want to make it sound like this was easy for me.
You see, my biggest problem was managing my time, and knowing how to study language efficiently during the free time I did have.
After all, I wasn't a student any more. I was working full-time and had limited supplies of time and energy to devote to language learning!
So, I spent years reading books on time management, habit building, and productivity. (I must have read them all!)
In some of those books I found useful ideas.
But sometimes, the advice they were giving actually made things worse for me!
"Wake up an hour earlier to make extra time!" - easy to say, but I need my sleep!
"Schedule every minute of study in advance throughout the week!" - sometimes other commitments just get in the way!
"Cut back on your social life and family time!" - no way!
This kind of advice is easy to give, but hard to follow.
Like I said, there were a few useful ideas, but I always felt like there was something missing. An "incomplete" system created by someone who didn't really understand my life and the way I work.
Then, one day, after trying everything under the sun, I had a Eureka moment!
I realised the fatal flaw in everything I'd be doing.
I realised that the secret to effective language learning is NOT the TIME.
It's what you DO with the time.
You know the feeling when you sit down to do 30 minutes of language study, but feel like you've totally wasted your time and not learned anything?
That right there - that’s the problem.
You didn't use the time effectively.
As I started to focus on the WHAT rather than the WHEN, everything began to change.
I discovered that you can make huge gains in your fluency in a foreign language in as little as 15 mins… if you know what you’re doing!