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GLM 70 Day Challenges


Over on Facebook we have the GoldList Method User Group – this is made up of users who discuss and share experiences with the Method and also help people with their questions about it as I don’t always have the time to help and not everyone has the time to wade through all the articles on here about it. It also features a lot of photos of people doing their Goldlists accompanied by a lot of coffee, cake and other such learning aids, this having become part of the warm and friendly culture there. There you can also find updates about the coming meet-ups and workshops for the GoldList Method which you can join.

One of the features of this Group is that it is also home to the GoldList Method 70 Day Challenges.

There are four of these per year, as 280 fits quite nicely into 365 with some space for a breather in between them. Some people do 90 day challenges but we like the idea of ten weeks, as it is very easy to work out where you are in relation to your overall goal.

Timing-wise they start on a Monday a couple of weeks into a quarter so that at after ten weeks exactly they end on the last Sunday in a calendar quarter.

The idea is to compete first and foremost against yourself, as in any marathon, but people are also able to compare their performance to others as well as to themselves against a target or break records from a previous period.

The aim is to do as many lines of GL as possible. The unit of measurement in competitive Goldlisting is the line, and while this is not necessarily true, the working approximation is that a line of GL at any distillation level is the same work as a line at Headlist. So whether people are working mainly on headlists or on D1, D2 or even D11, it doesn’t matter, it is all the same. It doesn’t matter how many languages you study in the period in fact even the use of GLM on non-language learning projects is also  acceptable for this challenge. It is a celebration of self-study using the method and the feeding of the long-term memory.

Everyone is welcome to join in threads and give their results and receive congratulations even if they are not recorded for posterity in the main thread and in here. There are no cash prizes and we assume that people are frank and honest in their reported result as you only hurt yourself if you lie about it. There is no obligation to report your result either, but it is the only way to get into the scoreboard below, and your place on the scoreboard determines your priority for any scarce resources such as places on workshops, freebie merchandise in the future (don`t hold your breathings, as Huliganov would say) and the kudos of a place in the rankings.

The current state of knowledge about the Challenges to date is in the table below, pending final results from the people mentioned without numbers for the last challenge.

Here is the updated league table up to the twelveth Challenge.  Some people`s positions have now changed quite a lot on the scoreboard below. Notably I seem to have wandered into the top slot again, since Victor Berrjod was otherwise engaged, literally, but I don’t expect to maintain that position for long. I also hope not, I prefer it when I am not the biggest user of the Method. It’s more recommendatory when others are using it more than me.

The thirteenth GoldList Method 70 Day Challenge starts on Monday, 22nd October 2018 from when you wake up and runs to when you fall asleep or stop work for the day on Sunday, 30th December 2018. 

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