So here’s an interesting question from a reader of How to Learn and Memorize German Vocabulary.
“Dr. Metivier, how do you memorize so many words on top of all the other things you do? How do you find the time?”
It’s absolutely true that I add at least one more word to one of my German language Memory Palaces every day, and usually more. But it’s also true that I have loads of writing projects, music rehearsals and a dozen other things snapping at my heels for attention.
Am I some kind of super-organized schedule freak?
No way. The truth is that I use just as many artificial means to manage my time as the next desk surfer: to-do lists, calendar reminders on my iPhone and a good old fashioned “treasure map” on the wall behind my computer that reminds me to work hard so I can achieve my goals in life.
You want to know the secret of how to get yourself to the point where you memorize and learn German everyday of the year?
I learned it from Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Work Week … and some other books you might have heard about.
Ferris has talked about giving yourself permission to procrastinate, allowing yourself to not get things done that you know you must do. It’s running reverse psychology on yourself.
And it’s great because it relieves the pressure.
Sure, I have the goal of memorizing the entire German dictionary, and all the words that aren’t in it too – but I don’t put a gun to my head every day and force myself to memorize words.
Instead, I look at my trusty Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch and say, “Hey man, you don’t have to do it today. Not if you don’t want to.”
This tiny act of permission to slack off always does the trick. The next thing you know, I’ve cracked it open and started vacuuming German vocabulary words up into my brain.
So, you know, chillax. Remove the pressure. If you really want to learn German, you will.
There are other reasons to relax when memorizing German vocabulary and I reveal these in the final chapter of How to Learn and Memorize German Vocabulary. Your copy is just one click away.