Babbel Challenge Week 2: Establish A Habit

This week, we buckle in for the long haul and learn tools and tricks for sticking to the plan once our beginner’s excitement wears off.
January 6, 2020
Babbel Challenge Week 2: Establish A Habit

Kick off the year by joining the January Babbel Challenge! Every Monday in January, we’re publishing an article to help you establish a healthy learning habit. By the end of the month, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your language-learning goal.

This Week’s Challenge: Make A Habit

Last week, we all made public commitments to our goals and looked around to see who was in the same boat with us. Hopefully, you were able to join the wider community and make some language-learning friends! This week, we’re going to equip you with the right tools and mentality to make a habit for your langauge-learning goal.

One of the things we constantly preach at Babbel is that it’s far more effective to study for 15 minutes daily than it is to study for 4 hours at a time (and then give up prematurely because you’re already burnt out on your unsustainable language binge). Fortunately, this makes it a lot easier to find time for language learning — even for the busiest among us.

For this week’s challenge, come up with a game plan for how you’re going to build language learning into your daily routine. This could mean deciding that you’re going to do it in the morning while you’re eating breakfast, or while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, or while you’re waiting in the parking lot for your kids to get out of school. It’s best to come up with more than one “trigger” or “window of opportunity” so that if you miss your usual one, you have a backup. Then, tell us your game plan and share your progress! Just don’t forget to use the hashtag #BabbelChallenge to connect with other participants.

The perks of completing this week’s challenge include:

  • Deepening your commitment to your goal in a way that’s actually going to last
  • Overcoming your resistance around “not having enough time”
  • Establishing a sustainable routine that will support your progress and success

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Steph Koyfman
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.
Steph is a writer, lindy hopper, and astrologer. She’s also a language enthusiast who grew up bilingual and had an early love affair with books. She has mostly proved herself as a New Yorker, and she can introduce herself in Swedish thanks to Babbel. She also speaks Russian and Spanish, but she’s a little rusty on those fronts.

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