You might not think that learning a foreign language is especially important to your daily productivity.
You might also wonder why I spend so much time writing about the benefitsand reasons why you should learn at least one foreign language. After all, I’m a productivity blogger — not a linguist.
The Ties between Language Learning and Productivity
For the last year and a half I’ve been learning Japanese and, the truth is, I feel that linguistic development is very much tied to our mental processes and our productivity — in the everyday and throughout our lives.
In the time I’ve spent studying Japanese, I feel I’ve also become more productive and more mentally engaged in my day-to-day activities. I can’t say for sure that these feelings are directly related to my language learning, but I think that they are — at least partially. After all, a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and I think that a mind given exercise is more likely to stay active.
Research also suggests that differences in language use, even small differences, can cause different perceptions of the world and how we view reality. In this way, learning another language can help you gain new perspectives and insights into how you see the world each day.
Multi-lingual people are reportedly more perceptive of the world around them, better able to focus on specific tasks and have better memories; learning another language can even help prevent dementia.