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Lost Motivation

Well I mentioned a few days ago that I’d lost my mojo and was trying to get going again and a few people got in touch to say they were in the same position. End of summer thing, maybe. It still feels like a struggle. The image I have in my mind is of watching a swan take flight. They’re heavy birds and their wings are only just large enough, so they have to really get up a good speed and flap like crazy to finally get up in the air. I feel like that – flapping the pages of Português Outra Vez to get myself airborne. It’ll be worth it when I’m up there though!

Anyway, YouTube put the latest Liz Sharma video in my feed this morning, and it seems relevant, so if you missed it, have a look.

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I’ve had to rethink my approach to learning, since I’ve got right out of my routine since the holiday in France. I’m not really writing regularly and all the habits I’d got into – tweeting in Portuguese, reading daily, watching films weekly, doing exercises – have fallen into disrepair. So I’ve set myself a more modest goal: back to the writing and do something else daily, but not feel like I have to do everything. Hopefully if I can get back into the groove of doing a daily task, I can ramp it up again. I’ve got all my study materials together and put them in a box next to the sofa so that I don’t have to get over the hurdle of finding them (thus removing a barrier to my motivation!) I’ll probably post less on here too.

Anyone else struggling with motivation?