Resolution: 500 Hours

This year I resolved to read 1,000,000 characters in Korean. This year was the first time I was successful at any of my Korean resolutions.

However the reading goal went completely off-track during the summer. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve I read over 350,000 characters.

Due to pressure from Mark and Diana, I also did NaNoWriMo in November and managed to succeed at writing 50K words.

During the summer, I buckled down and finished a cross-stitch project I started in December 1998. I needed to finish one-quarter of the stitching, all of the back-stitching, beading, and metallic stitching on top. It took twelve years to do ~60% of the project and then only a few months to do the last 40%.

All of this is to say that it seems like when I give myself tough, short-term goals, I’m very stubborn and I succeed.

500 Hours
I have only one resolution for the year: study Korean for 500 hours.

That works out to an average of 83 minutes a day, which is more than I’m doing now, but less than I was doing per day on my mad dash to reach 1,000,000.

Anything I’m actively involved in “counts.” For example, a one-hour drama counts for one hour, but only if I’m only focusing on it. That means I can’t pull my “oh, I’ll half listen to this show while playing an online game” thing.

Every month I’m going to choose one area to focus my studies on. (That doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I’ll do that month.) I’m not going to lay them all out in January, I’m just going to decide each month where I need and/or want to go with my Korean studies.

I do have some loose ideas for what I want to get done this year in Korean.

* Learn 100 Hanja characters.
* Increase my listening comprehension.
* Study my grammar books. (I usually hate grammar, but I’ve passively consumed a lot of new grammar patterns through all of my reading and now want to sort out my thoughts.)
* Continue to read in Korean.
* Get back on track with my flashcards.

Readers, I’m open to any ideas.