MonoDeano wrote:It makes me think I may be missing something by moving through material too quickly for fear of getting bogged down and burned out with individual pieces. Now that I’ve got quite a few VeinteMundo articles under my belt, it’s probably a good time to go over them and focus on the audio.
Everyone has a different tolerance for repetition. I mentioned on another thread that what works for me is to use both repetition and novelty; too much repetition and I get bored and can't focus but too much novelty and a lot goes over my head and I'm always working at full capacity to try to understand.
I do the heavy repetition with things that I find particularly interesting and I spend less time with material that's less interesting. I also find it unexpectedly interesting to return to material I thought was so-so many months ago (and therefore blew through it quickly). Sometimes I'm surprised to find that I no longer find it as boring as I once did, or I come across some really cool words/expressions that I had forgotten.
This is obvious, but it's worth mentioning that if you start reading or listening to something really intensively but then you feel like you're getting sick of it, you can move on to something else before you get to the end. You don't have to make a till-death-do-us-part commitment to reading or listening to anything intensively; you can LR intensively to 1 minute of a 10 minute podcast and then go on to something else, and maybe return to listening intensively later on (if you want).
Anytime I'm doing something and I suddenly feel like I just don't want to do it anymore, I change up what I'm doing. Usually, a few days later I'm mysteriously happy to finish up what I left hanging. I think the important thing is to feel like you're in control of what and when you decide to do something in Spanish and that it doesn't feel like a punishment you're inflicting on yourself or an obligation (in which case you will find ways to avoid it as much as possible). So if listening intensively or repetition isn't your thing, don't do it. Or do it for a short period of time, like 10 minutes. Even if less repetition is less effective, it's still more effective than doing nothing, so who cares if it takes little longer to reach your goal if you are doing it the way you prefer?