Learning the Spanish Language — Project Day 25

A good day — but only marginally.

As the checklists reveal, a lot of high quality Spanish learning took place, if not the maximum possible.

The main disappointment was a severe drop in self-discipline towards the end of the evening — resulting in a late bedtime and eating too much. I attribute both to hubris — inspired by comparative successes, earlier in the day and week.

Clearly, I need to concentrate harder on late evening decision-making.

At least some of the late night eating would have been avoided, had I persuaded myself not to watch the last two episodes of "The Great" — in Spanish.

That decision gave too much weight to the fact that that a late rise was possible on Friday — and too little weight to the fact that taking the time would undo all of the good work I'd done on exercise and sleep in previous days.

The most important thing to remember in future is — not to make such decisions at all, after 8 pm.

In almost all circumstances, the planned routine will have incorporated much better evaluation and decision-making.



  1. Got up on time
  2. Weight stabilised
  3. Best daily performance yet before lunch
  4. Good performance between lunch and late afternoon


  1. Switched to preparing tea earlier than necessary
  2. Ate too much later — should usually be nothing after 8pm
  3. Watched 2 more TV episodes than acceptable

Routine Mark 3 — Teaching Days


  • Ticks — right activity on time
  • Crosses — not done to schedule
  • Hyphens — not applicable to currrent routine configuration
Task M T W T F S S
0730 — Get going
0845Session 1
1015 — Break
1030Session 2
1200 — Dinner
1245Session 3
1415 — Break
1430Session 4
1600 — Transition
1630 - Riding
1800 — Tea
1930 — Active leisure
2130 — Reading

Learning Tasks Checklist

Task M T W T F S S
Word & phrase exercises
Sentence exercises
Socratic dialogue
Aural comprehension
Pronoun exercises
Preposition exercises
Verb exercises
Eng.→Spa. translation
Spa.→Eng. translation
Just read
Reading comprehension
Physical exercise
Non-subbed video
Subbed video
Read aloud
A song
Research lang. acquisition
List 'issues'
Prepare materials
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