According to this friend, I never went running because running meant expending effort. I'd have to wake up, avoid hitting the snooze button, find my running shoes and clothes, get dressed, and then just maybe actually get out the door.
With these two changes, the likelihood of going for a run every morning increased dramatically. When I woke up, I had all of my running necessities close at hand, so it was extremely easy to just get up, put my shoes on, and go for a run.
Simply put, you won't learn a language every day if it takes a lot of willpower to do it. If you need to carve time out of your schedule, dig up your books, find all of your notes, and go somewhere out of the way to learn, you probably won't do it every often.
If you know you're typically dead tired right after work, that's not a time to learn. If, by contrast, you catch a second-wind later in the evening, perhaps that's a more appropriate learning time.
Personally, I always feel focused and energized right after my morning run, so that's often when I'll sit down and study some Greek, or Hungarian. I also know that my energy levels rebound in the early evening, so if I can't get learning done in the morning, I've always got a second occasion then.
When I act first, I see that I'm moving towards my goals. This inspires me, and gives me the motivation to take more action. Action creates motivation, which creates action. And so on and so forth, ad infinitum.
To learn a language every day, you need to train yourself to see motivation in this way—as something that is a consequence of action, and not the cause of it.
With these three simple tips, you now know how to learn any language on a daily basis.
Reluctant to get started?
Then try tip three right away!
Count down from five to one, and get started planning your language learning for the week. Figure out when you usually have the most energy, and decide what kinds of learning activities you will be doing over the next seven days.