It’s been a crazy year. In this post I’m going to look at things that went wrong.
We knew in advance that my companies IT shop would be outsourced and they took a long time to do and when it happened I probably have enough material for months of Dilbert comic strip if you are fan that comic. I think in 2012 I should have left earlier but between knowing the people there I worked with almost my entire IT career and feeling too comfortable with the Devil I knew as opposed to looking for other opportunities hurt me this year.
I was given a opportunity to try some new technologies in this company in early summer but it was still the SAME company and once they outsourced it turned in to complete IT hell. The CIO spends most of his time submitting and working on things like getting IT ranked for this company high on certain survey’s but in reality is Dilberts boss!!! ha ha. I’m out now and with a different company but getting used to a new company here near the end of the year is also a huge challenge.
I definately had major setbacks this year especially during summer where my korean language learning came to an abrupt halt. Drinking became a major problem for me this year as this plus a number of other factors such as losing our house and other financial obligations bear an incredible weight upon oneself. Drinking also had the effect of that korean language lesson not sticking. My goal this year is to stop completely or cut down to minimal.
Out of shape. I feel all the pressure this year and basically not working out at all is contributing to my lack of progress in korean this year. I for first time with my body’s defense down earlier this year like having Acute bronchitis for like a month is something I’ve never experienced so much. I was sick alot this year which for myself is unusal. I need to work out as computer people don’t get much exercise sitting on their butts all day and certainly letting stress and other factors get out of control added to my lack of progress this year.
Alot of time looking both for new positions, helping fellow friends and co-workers this year find a job, how to do a resume(it’s been along time since I actually had to have one) plus interview’s ate up alot of time. Even though I’m with I hope is a much more sound company I have to learn some new technologies which is good for my IT career but once again takes time away from language learning.
I certainly do not feel like I know how to learn a second language well but I know enough that I need to stop spending time looking for that method or technique and spend 2013 just doing. Spending time reading forums on how to learn and putting materials together for learning have at times been distractions from actual learning. For example making anki cards takes up a lot of time. I got good at it but I think for vocab I know enough of basic words that other words will have to be learned in context. No matter what I do when I see that anki vocab card come up for ‘opinion’ I get it wrong. I’m not adding to my korean vocab deck and I don’t sweat how I grade what I have in my anki vocab deck I just go over what’s in there when something pops up.
Always reading on forums on the technqiues and battles group have at times for their method I have to admit has taken up time for myself this year. Again letting myself become diverted from what I really should be doing it something I intend to change this year.
Korean materials that I use say for watching a korean drama, korean movies, podcasts…..I think I’m way too picky at times. But since I have a collection of stuff that I love or like so much I’ve become burnt out on them. I need to broaden my scope of materials even if find them not as good because ‘My Boss My Hero’ movie is retired. I’ll probably watch it again when I’m fluent and can understand most of the movie.
I think those are the major points of what I feel went wrong this year for myself and learning korean. My next post I’m going to go over some of the things I did right.