Not Enough Time? ー Here’s a Super-minimal 7-day English Study Routine to Supercharge Your Proficiency in Just a Few Minutes a Day

What should you do if you don’t have much time to study English?

First, remember what I said yesterday

Something done is better than nothing done perfectly. What’s important is that you do SOMETHING regularly.

To learn and NOT forget the brain needs regular, frequent repetitive learning. It’s far better to do 15 minutes a day than 3 hours once a week. If you do 3 hours once a week you’re spending almost DOUBLE the amount of time… but it’s wasted because that’s not how the brain works. The second you learn something, you start forgetting — and you keep forgetting until it is hard-coded in long-term memory.

Which again — takes time and repetition.

So by learning and using English often (even if only a tiny bit) you keep the language and learn more, faster.

So, here’s my minimum effective weekly routine:

This will work best if you actually use English day to day. But it’s still better than nothing even if you don’t.

And of course…

You can AND SHOULD do all this while you’re doing other things (for example running, driving to work, on the train, cleaning the house). So really you don’t need any extra time at all.

If you’re not an Extraordinary English Speakers member, you can (and should) apply this same logic to whatever materials you’re using – just sure they’re high quality, otherwise, it’s all a waste of time anyway.

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P.S. Extraordinary English Speakers is for intermediate to advanced English learners serious about mastering the language and using it to do amazing things – click here for more information.


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Meet the Author

Julian Northbrook

Julian Northbrook is an unconventional punk of the business English learning world. A leading expert in English education and direct response marketing, he’s fully equipped to drag you kicking and screaming from English-mediocracy to speaking at an outstanding level. After being turned down for his dream job in the art industry, Julian suffered three long years as a crap Japanese speaker. He understands exactly what it’s like to feel like a total idiot every time you speak. But Julian overcame his language problems, mastered the language, and went on to work first as a freelance translator, then as an executive member of a Japanese company. But he soon grew sick of the corporate world and left it to pursue something infinitely more satisfying — running his own business helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get so good at English that they forget that it’s not their first language. He writes the infamous Doing English Daily Newsletter which you can (and should) subscribe to.