As you might have read in my previous posts – I’m a big believer in homework. Getting students to touch English outside of the classroom isn’t just important, it’s necessary for improvement. So each week, regardless of the students level, I ask them to do something for me. It could be few sentences, write an essay, watch a dvd or whatever comes to mind that day. Most students moan at first but then it becomes part of their routine and in time they can see their own progress which is what motivates them to work even harder. However the dreaded reply does come up. We’ve all heard it before, heck, we use it all the time. “I didn’t have the time.” I find this sentence quite funny and honestly most of the time it’s said it’s a lie. What I wish more people would say is “I chose to spend my time doing something else other than homework.” Now that’s more like it. I think that using the standard “I didn’t have time” allows you to lay the blame elsewhere. Your customer did this or your boss did that but the bottomline is at the end of the day you probably spent part of your week doing something you wanted (rather than NEEDED) to do. I’m guilty as sin when it comes to this – TV, music, internet surfing, magic study, books, sleeping (boy do I love that). So each day I make a choice; to study or to sleep, to listen to music or to study business. So whether you’re looking to improve your Japanese or master a magic trick all that’s needed is a choice and each day you make one. What will you choose today?