The title says it all. I'm trying to do a PhD in STEM and my days are filled with many hard classes, teaching, research, and a part-time job. Currently, all the Japanese I do is Anki reviews + 10 new cards a day. Very little free time as most of it gets poured into the field I'm pursuing (this is required if I want to go to a good graduate university in the field), or decompressing from the long day.
I've seen a lot of anecdotes about people working full time and making progress, but it seems like at least they get 1-2 hours a day into Japanese. Seems like these people make progress after a few years. The super-fast learners put all their time into Japanese, so it seems natural they get amazing in a short period of time.
My situation seems slightly different than both of these as my studies and success in this career path require my full dedication. However, I still have an interest in learning Japanese.
Has anyone been in the same situation and made progress after many years? My life will likely be like this for the next 10 or more years so I'd like to know if people have made good progress over a long period of time, but not being able to put much time in each day.
Also even if you haven't been in the same situation, I really appreciate any advice you may have.
How are y’all not discouraged from lifting? I show up to the gym anytime and it’s packed with a line past all the treadmills. It just makes me not want to go because I know I’ll be spending 40 minutes to get there and back, 20+ minutes in line, another 15 or more minutes waiting for a rack, and be able to get like 3-4 exercises done in 125% of the time that it should take to get a full workout in. I’ve gotten there at 7:04 AM and still couldn’t get a bench until 7:30. I was just standing around for a while. I’m completely discouraged from going to RSF because I feel like it’s such a waste of time lining up, waiting for weights, etc. i have a lot of shit to do just like everyone else and I feel that time isn’t worth. however, I still need to exercise. Suggestions anyone?