For regular readers of the blog, you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with motivation and purpose with my university languages degree for a while.
I’ve been a little out of my depth in my final year, without having had the chance to spend my expected six months working in Germany and three months in Peru (I should be preparing to leave for South America now).
I was overwhelmed with trying to do too many things last semester: uni journalism and newspaper editing, teaching, studying, living alone in a city under Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions.
I lost my love for studying languages and have been trying to rediscover my ‘Why?’ for learning them.
Over the last weeks (and interestingly, even in the recent exam period), I feel like I’ve found something of that spark again. I didn’t think I would ever say it, but I’ve ‘enjoyed’ studying for my exams and essay about German history.
I’ve done this by focusing on just one thing at a time.
First, it was my German assessed piece of writing. Then, it was my Spanish interpreting exam and self-reflection. Finally, it was my German essay.
Often, I feel like I can get overwhelmed by focusing on too many things at once and not enjoying or achieving any of them.
Now I’m trying to take thing one at a time, not over-planning, and re-discovering my love for them.
How can you re-discover the joy and passion for your work?
Have you lost it?
How can you take one thing at a time?