Time is the most precious commodity we have—and once it’s been spent, it’s gone forever. When you’re learning German, you of course want to know how much time you need to put in to really learn it! It’s vital that you use the time that you have wisely. Thus I say:
Think in terms of learning sessions,
not in minutes of study time.
This helps you break down the work you need to do related to the time you have available. Schedule the work that needs to be done, not the time you think you should spend doing it. In other words, focus on the work, not on the time. And the time you have available is likely to be different depending on the day of the week. So the first thing to do is…
1. Schedule your learning sessions by activity.
Let’s suppose you look at your schedule for the week and you see it’s wide-open Monday night, Tuesday you’re at the gym so you won’t have much time, Wednesday is completely booked, Thursday’s open, Friday’s iffy, and then you’ve got the weekend free.
Thus you schedule the big activities, like long worksheets and tough grammar topics, on Monday, Thursday, and the weekend.