My internet browsing was in a good place when I last checked in, a few weeks ago, but I’ve slipped a little bit with my language forum. According to my brain, the forum is a perfect replacement for actually working on my languages. Instead of learning, I can read about learning.
In the last week I’ve also found myself compulsively checking the forum for any new posts or notifications. I could actually feel myself losing control when my mind told me to check for new content. It’s been fascinating to notice the excuses and emotions associated with this checking behavior. I tend to do it more often when I’m feeling discouraged and uncertain about my French or Greek progress. So I don’t really use the forum to get needed information, instead I use it as a balm to help me feel better about my languages when the going gets tough. It’s not a bad use in and of itself but it’s getting out of control.
This post is to indicate that starting this morning, I’ll be taking a break from the language forum for a week. I’ll need to log in next Friday to post my Greek hours but other than that, I don’t need to do anything on the forum. Any new posts will still be there on Friday, and nobody on there needs me for anything.
My plan is…
- Block the forum for a week.
- Notice when I want to visit the forum.
- Choose something else to do instead, bonus points if it is language-related!