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Having Time vs Priorities
February 03, 2012

February 3, 2012


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Happy New Year!

If you are receiving this newsletter for the first time...welcome!

If this isn't your first newsletter then hello again and I hope that 2012 has been good to you so far.

It has been too long!

I can not believe that it is February and that I have not sent out a newsletter since November!

As most of you know, this is not how I normally do things. I normally send a monthly newsletter in the first week of each month.

So what happened?

Life has been creating some pretty big distractions for me (the biggest being that I am pregnant and due to give birth in mid March!)

This month I would like to use my situation to help you understand a very common situation among English learners.

Do you ever tell yourself;

  • I don't have time to study or practice English?

  • I ‘wish’ I had more time to study English?

  • If I weren't so busy I could study English more!

    To those of you who believe you do not have time, I am sorry to say that you do.

    Yes. You do have time.

    Just like I have time to write this newsletter. It is not true to believe that
    "I don’t have time to write a newsletter once a month".

    I do have the time to write it, so why has it taken me 3 months to write it?

    Consider this...

    When I make an activity a priority then it will get done.

    For example...being pregnant requires that I be healthy.

    I needed to start walking for an hour a day, doing yoga for 30 minutes a day, doing pre-natal exercises for 30 minutes a day and relaxing for an hour every afternoon.

    That is a total of 3 hours per day that I 'thought' I didn’t have.

    Well you know what?

    For the past 3 months I have been doing those things 5 days a week. I somehow discovered an extra 15 hours in my week.

    How did I do that?

    Where did that time come from?

    Well, it isn’t about time. We are all given 24 hours in a day. So what changed?

    Well, it is about priorities.

    I know that if I do all of those things, I will be healthier and my baby will also be healthier as well. That is pretty good motivation to make these activities a priority.

    So...what about the newsletter?

    Sadly, I allowed the newsletter to drop in priority and I just didn't write it.

  • When I had to choose between exercises or newsletter. I chose exercises.

  • When I had to choose between teaching a class and writing the newsletter I chose to teach a class.

    You isn’t that I haven’t had time to write a newsletter.

    It's that I have had other things to do that I felt were more important.

    UPDATE: You know what? I’ve got some good news for all of you that love this newsletter.

    The newsletter has been returned to it's status of 'high priority'.

    Yes...I need to exercise, eat well, work, sleep, socialize and do many things...but I also need to keep in touch with all of you!

    So rather than make more time in 2012, I’m going to adjust my priorities.

    So how does this help you learn English?

    How could this attitude apply to you?

    Let me ask you this question,

    Is your problem really that you don’t have enough time, or that you just aren’t making 'learning and practising English' a priority in your life?

    Please think about this and realize that you are in control of your life and what you spend your time doing.

    It is hard to balance things sometimes but I assure you that it it worth thinking about.

    Diana Tower

    PS: To make this newsletter even more useful I will sometimes record an audio version for you to listen to.

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    February Newsletter (mp3)

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    Keep in touch & stay connected to your English!

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    Why Using English Harmony Should Be a Priority!

    1) It saves you time. It only teaches you useful expressions and word chunks (groups of words) and it does it all through listening and speaking.

    2) The confidence mentor DVD helps you believe in yourself and think positively. It allows you to ignore the negative beliefs that you may be holding about your English.

    3) Robby's eBook provides some new insights into the process of learning a language and also talks about how the learning English industry is setting learners up to fail. (A great read!)

    It is such a great book that I recorded it so you can listen at the same time as you read it.

    You will receive the MP3 of me reading Robby's eBook "English Harmony: Insiders Secrets" when you purchase English Harmony ( special gift for my newsletter subscribers!)

    Ola Zur has also been busy answering your grammar questions in the Q&A section.

    Here are the top 3 questions from October/November!

    Present Perfect Progressive Tense

    Three Verbs in a Sentence?

    Past Progressive Usage.

    *Join in the discussion at the "Learn English Corner: LEC" where you can meet other English learners just like you.

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    Have a wonderful day. See you in December!


    Keep in touch & stay connected
    to your English!

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