2015 Kick-Off!! What are your goals?

Hey everyone!  It's March 1st at least somewhere in the world, and I'm excited to announce that our annual round has officially started!  Weekly check-ins will be every Sunday from now on, but since this is the first week and we've only just begun, I'd like to do something different.

Remember the goals that you (hopefully) wrote down before this whole thing started?  As a kick-off to this week, please take a look at that list of goals, and in the comments below (or on your own journal, or on some other private medium)

  1. List three things you can do everyday to keep yourself on track (this may be easy if you've already listed them as your short-term goals).

  2. Next, write down three excuses you might make to yourself to keep yourself from accomplishing the first three things.

  3. Lastly, write down three reasons you should ignore those excuses and keep studying.

Hopefully, as the weeks roll by, you'll look at this list again and it will keep you focused on your goals.

Please feel free, in the comments below, to share your experiences so far, chat with one another, vent, commiserate, ask for help etc.
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Fun with Anki decks
I've been busy with using the information found in Anki decks for different purposes. One of my problems is distinguishing between verbs that start with the same kanji, but then express a slightly different meaning by adding different kana. So I wrote a program that extracts all verbs of a deck, orders them by initial kanji and dumps the entries with multiple occurrences in order of Wanikani level (for the verb with the lowest level). This is how it starts:

入る to enter 入れる to insert
上る to climb 上がる to rise 上げる to raise
下がる to hang down 下げる to hang
立つ to stand 立てる to stand up
出版する to publish 出す to remove 出る to exit 出来る to be able to do 出来上がる to be finished 出合う to meet by chance
切り取る to cut off 切る to cut 切れる to be cut
引き裂く to tear up 引く to pull 引っ越す to move
分かる to understand 分ける to separate
止める to stop something 止まる to stop
生まれる to be born 生きる to live 生む to give birth

If anyone has ideas for the generation of other lists, I'd be happy to look into them (no promises, though).
I also have the big (70 MB) JMdict list. I'm developing a parser for it.
I could correlate it to the lists of JLPT kanji and vocabulary...

RE: Fun with Anki decks
This looks awesome! I don't have any ideas, but thanks so much for sharing this. Good luck memorizing these distinctions. :)
My comments are little more general and less focused on my specific goal(s). But I thought I'd share nonetheless.

Everday:
—tell myself not to give up, and to not worry about failure: big or small
—try do something, anything new related to learning Japanese, no matter how tiny; give yourself happy permission to work in super tiny batches if that is all you feel capable of that day
—always, always try your hardest review on anki everyday, so you at least don’t lose what you’ve already worked so hard to learn

Excuses:
—“I’ll never be good enough”
—“this takes too long”
—“there’s no point if others don’t see my growth or my strength”

Forget excuses:
—you only need to be good enough for you. if you can only do and (and/or are mostly interested in) x but everyone wants y, be happy to have succeeded in doing x. let that success motivate you.
—it only takes long if you aspire to an unrealistic instant fluency achievement. things move very quickly if you set tiny and happy goals based on current ability and resources.
—when you see growth be proud. don’t rely on others for permission to feel pride in how you’ve learned and accomplished new things.

Good luck everyone!
List three things you can do everyday to keep yourself on track (this may be easy if you've already listed them as your short-term goals).
1. Study at least 1 Kanji a day.
2. Read a few pages of Genki a day.
3. Translate one Kalafina blog post a day.

Next, write down three excuses you might make to yourself to keep yourself from accomplishing the first three things.
1. Just one Kanji? You'll get bored of it. More? Um... no time. And lazy.
2. And then? Will you remember it afterwards?
3. You have more important fandom-related things to work on.

Lastly, write down three reasons you should ignore those excuses and keep studying.
1. Studying even just one Kanji will vastly improve your Japanese language experience (especially reading and writing). Not contented with one? Then go up to three! But don't overwhelm yourself.
2. You've been immersing yourself these past few years without a solid conceptual background. It's time to build your confidence this time. You know confidence in grammar works wonders for you. One lesson a day will do. Exercises can be optional if you don't have the time for them at all in a day.
3. Just ONE article, okay? And do your other tasks. Don't make it the only thing you do so you won't get guilty of doing it.

I left out the other goals since I thought they're optional/not feasible at this point OTL

Edited at 2015-03-13 01:42 pm (UTC)