WWP: How To Use Your Dead Time Wisely
How’s it going?
Welcome to this episode of Sitting Under A Tree With Pete.
I’m out in the park today, and I thought I would come out here and make some more episodes for you guys, have a bit of a chat, catch up, see how you’ve been.
I hope you’ve all been well. It’s almost the end of January, or I guess it’s the last day of January at the moment.
So, it’s the 31st, and for the last month or so I’ve just been taking it easy, doing quite a bit on the podcast, trying to get things up and going as well as studying, trying to finish the PhD at the moment.
So, I’ve been writing and writing and writing and writing and writing.
I hope you guys are all kicking arse with your English.
I’m sure some of you have had a bit of a boost in motivation following the New Year.
I’m sure a lot of you have had, you know, that New Year’s Resolution and have been working hard.
So, make sure you keep up with that, keep doing that, keep working hard, keep learning English, keep challenging yourselves guys, keep taking it to the next level, and keep… keep giving yourselves things to work on that aren’t necessarily easy, easy, easy.
So, always keep at that level of, “I’m not sure if I can do this”, but then prove that you can.
So, I guess today I wanted to chat to you a little bit about using your dead time wisely. Using your dead time wisely.
And what do I mean by dead time?
Dead time in terms of at least what I’m thinking of and what I want to talk about is when you have time during your day that you could do something else productive at the same time.
So, for instance, a great reason that I did, at least relatively well, all things considered, in learning French and learning Portuguese while also living in Australia and not living in these countries where these languages are spoken is because I spent a lot of time using my dead time wisely.
So, any time I was walking somewhere I had the podcast in my ears. I was listening to as much French, as much Portuguese as I could, and capitalising on the fact that I could do two things at once.
So, if I was walking somewhere and I had the ability to listen to music or the ability to listen to another podcast in English, or even the ability to just not listen to anything but I had to walk, or I had to sit on public transport, or I was driving somewhere in a car, or in a car being driven somewhere.
If I have this spare time where I could be doing two things at once, and you guys’ll probably remember the expression “To kill two birds with one stone” I tried to capitalise on this, capitalise upon this as much as possible. So, I would almost treat it like a strategy game personally.
So, what do I mean by this?
I think for a while I had a diary and every time I listened to an episode of Français Authentique, which is the French podcast that I fell in love with, I would mark down that episode and the time.
And I would write down how many episodes I listened to in a single day, and/or how many minutes of French practice that was in a single day.
And each day I would try and beat it.
I would try and beat it.
So, I would try and use as much of my dead time as possible also learning a language.
And I feel like you guys who are probably already doing this to some degree can definitely take things to the next level I’m sure with regards to listening to my podcast, listening to any other kind of English learning podcast or resources.
Maybe you download a course.
Maybe you use YouTube videos.
It could be anything, but if you’re walking somewhere and you have a lot of spare time a really wise use of this spare time is obviously to practice something, and in terms of learning languages, in terms of learning English, obviously, practicing it with an English podcast is a really really good way to get bang for your buck.
So, to get your money’s worth and to kill two birds with one stone.
So, anyway, back to what I was doing with this.
I was trying to up myself, I was trying to beat myself, I was trying to get more out of each day as I went.
And so, I would tally up each day, I would write down how many episodes I’d listened to, I’d write down how many minutes each episode was, and then tally that up, sum that up, calculate the total at the bottom…
(There’s a) plane going by.
…and then I would try and beat that every single day.
And it kind of turned it into a bit of a game.
And I am relatively competitive.
And so, I would just try and focus on beating yesterday’s record today, every day, every day, every day.
And as a result, I would listen to a lot, a heap of French.
I think one day my total was four hours of French podcasts.
And I think this was walking into work, which was like 40 minutes, I had to do a bunch of lab work, which meant sitting at a desk doing repetitive tasks in the lab.
I used to have to pipette, which is like using this little sucky thing to pull up liquids and put them into a different tube.
I had to do that for hours during one day.
And I spent all of that day listening to French podcasts.
And I’m sure that this was a big reason that my French listening comprehension got really good.
A good way too, I guess, is using these podcasts and shadowing the podcast during your dead time.
This’s probably content for another episode, but also in… how do I say this? Interacting with the podcast where you’re actually forced to speak.
And that’s why I put all of my exercises into the expression episodes and other episodes at the end so that you guys have to interact with the podcast.
And so, you’re not just listening passively, you’re actively being involved in practicing your English.
Anyway, let me know what you guys think.
How do you guys use your dead time?
Do you guys already use your dead time?
Do you use Aussie English in your dead time?
And, tell me about how many hours you could get out of a day.
How many hours do you think you could get out of a day using the dead time that you have that you may not necessarily already be using well?
Anyway, guys, that’s enough for this episode.
Put a comment below and tell me those things, and I’ll chat to you next time.
All the best!
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