May 17, 2021 , by Dr Julian Northbrook

One of my MEFAers made an interesting comment:

I always ask myself: am I looking for a way or an excuse?

For example, I registered MEFA almost at the end of the enrolment time. I have a two-month-old baby, who is a sleeping-time killer. And because of that I almost decided to register in the next season instead of this month. But then I asked myself if I didn’t spend the time to study, would I use it wisely? I then realised the baby is just an excuse.

Small children are a real-time killer.

Believe me.

I know.

And there are plenty of other time killers (for example, the last week I’ve lost huge amounts of time to train a new member of staff; frustrating in the short term, but an excellent investment long term).

But GaDii is very, very right:

The time that you DO have available is going to get used somehow, so the real question is… are you using it wisely, or are you wasting it?

My son was born, I went from having all the time in the world to do things to having very little time. But in truth, I got MORE done than ever before. Because now I was forced to prioritise, focus and use time wisely. No more, “I’ll do it later” because later baby would be awake and crying.

I’m not saying you must prioritise English.

But I am saying if English is important to you, and especially if your English is causing you pain and frustration… you’d be rather silly not to prioritise it.

I can help:

Dr Julian Northbrook