Lack of time
Learning a new language can be split in really small steps: one word or declension a day, even. But I'm not hard-wired into doing so little with languages, and as such I try to do at least half a lesson a day, when time permits. But time never does!
Solution: I'm currently trying to use memorisation techniques (like memory palaces and mental associative chains) in my language learning experience. It is not easy, as memory palaces are not very well suited for language learning, and abstract data (like foreign languages) are hard to code in its images. But I'm still trying. This would mean that if I could find one or two hours in a week, I could advance steadily. A forthcoming post will explore this with more detail as soon as I have more experience with it.
Mild lack of motivation
Then I started to realise how much time a language needs. It's not that I didn't know before, its just that I was trying to learn two languages at once. This is usually a recipe for failure, unless the languages are very close. A few days ago I picked again my Icelandic book and I realised I had been telling myself to learn Irish without wanting to do it in that precise moment: I'm currently craving Nordic languages. When I opened my Swedish book it was like Hey, how fun is this!, the same went with Norwegian.
Solution: Concentrate on Icelandic for now. After all, one of my New Year resolutions is to learn enough Icelandic to read Egil's Saga (and The Little Prince before it). Let's do it, and then I can go for another language branch with Gaelic.
There's always something else to do
If there is always something else to do that has a biggest lead (like getting more visits to my blog, or having clean clothes), it is very hard to do something "just for fun" in our free time, if it is something that needs a big time expenditure.
Solution: Fixed schedule. Set a specific moment in the day or schedule a few hours in the week for your language learning, just like if you were in a classroom. Two hours in a week, if bearable can do wonders. You can split it in two lessons per hour, or one lesson and one hour of reading with a dictionary, or one hour of online chatting. Do it enjoyable!
What are your language learning problems? And your solutions for my problems?