Study for 1 Minute
" I ' m going to read English for 60 minutes every day ."
We make goals like this all the time , don ' t we ?
Reading for 60 minutes is easy when we are motivated to learn .
But we don ' t always feel motivated everyday .
Some days we are really busy , tired or sick .
What do we do on these days ?
When we are busy or tired , studying for 60 minutes can feel impossible .
It ' s easy to have thoughts like , " I don ' t have time to study today . I will study more tomorrow ."
On these days , we might end up doing nothing at all .
Sometimes this is okay . Bad days do happen .
But we have to be careful .
If we do nothing one day , doing something the next day gets even harder .
We might continue doing nothing for days , or even weeks .
At this point , it becomes really hard to do anything .
What can we do in this situation ?
Instead of doing nothing , maybe we should do less .
If you can ' t read for 60 minutes , read for 30 minutes .
If you can ' t do 30 minutes , do 10 minutes .
If you can ' t do 10, do 1.
You might think , " What ' s the point of only reading for 1 minute ?"
Even if you read for only 1 minute , you ' re still doing something every day .
And if you do something today , you ' re more likely to do something tomorrow .
" So , what ?" You might say . " I won ' t learn anything in 1 minute ."
Well , let ' s think about that .
Even if you only read for 1 minute a day , that ' s still 6 hours of reading each year .
But there ' s something else too .
After reading for 1 minute , there ' s a good chance you will continue reading !
You might actually start to enjoy it .
Reading for 1 minute could turn into 5 minutes .
5 minutes could turn into 15, 15 into 30, then 30 into 60.
You might forget about the time entirely and continue reading for more than 60 minutes !
Without even realising , 1 minute could turn into hours .
Often starting is the most difficult part .
Once you get started , the task doesn ' t seem so difficult anymore .
How long you study will change everyday .
Bad days will come . We can ' t stop them .
We can ' t always control how long we can study .
But that doesn ' t matter .
What ' s important is that we DO SOMETHING everyday .
It doesn ' t matter how small . Even 1 minute will do .
What can you do for 1 minute everyday ?