I like to learn new skills, and really love the process. I think that is why I like training animals too, it is the same process.
I really feel like the first levels of learning are exactly like training an animal- I consider it training my body.
Whether it be specific movements or mental connections, I have certain methods I use for myself to keep myself motivated.
In your particular focus of study right now, I cannot give you any specific advice.
But basic rules for me go like this-
Break things down in steps, so as not to flood yourself with too much at one time. But use some repetition at each stage.
Add just a little more each time. That has to be the big rule- if I did twenty minutes one day, then I have to do that much or more the next. If I am
very sluggish, that can be just one minute more. If I feel capable, it can be an hour more.
But as long as I did the same amount or more each time, I let myself off the hook.
Always end on a good note!
When you have done something well, or gotten over some obstacle that has been difficult for a while, stop there at that good feeling of
accomplishment. Don't go further, tackling new stuff that will leave you feeling a bit frustrated or discontent.
The feeling you have when you walk away is what will linger in association (in your mind) with that activity. Make sure you walk away with a good
feeling. That way, you will feel more motivated to pick it up again tomorrow!
If you feel too distracted in a certain environment, take it elsewhere.
My son is in university, with heavy work in physics and math, and he has found he cannot study when he comes home. We live in a peaceful nature
environment, rather isolated.. but it is the place he grew up, where he has all his guitars and amps, and memories of sitting around playing while mom
brings him a sandwich. (-I don't bring him a sandwich anymore, but the habits remain here! This trained him to want to go home, but not to study
Find an alternate place to do this.
Have some context where you speak about this with others who are in a similar process!!! See if you can debate some of what you are learning (because
newbs are always very opinionated). That stimulates thought and interest sometimes.
My most recent thing is learning italian. I use these sorts of ideas. I apply them in both physical disciplines (horseback riding, running, yoga) and
in more mental ones (learning languages, learning sciences, learning philosophies), and it works well for me.
But not everyone is the same, so maybe it isn't right for you. Just throwing it out there anyway! Good luck!
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