Should flashcards be made with completely undivided attention?

Hello! To preface, I'm a very restless person so I usually like listening to podcasts (as I am while writing this post) or videos while I'm doing pretty much anything. During my short time making flashcards I've been making them with my full attention in an effort to make solid connections between structure, sound, concept and personal connection. But it's also my understanding that as I practice my cards, the network for each individual word I study draws in elements of my surroundings e.g. I often walk while practising my cards and will remember where I was last time I saw one of my cards. So my question is, do/have you divide your attention while creating your flashcards? And if so, do you find that it hinders your ability to solidify your new card, or helps? Thanks in advance for any responses

* Originally posted by lewtay.

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  • @lewtay: I have a hard time doing anything while listening to music, let alone podcasts, so I've never divided my attention that way.

    I *suspect* it would hurt things. That said, one of the nice things about language learning is that it's really easy to run experiments. Spend a day creating flashcards while listening to music or a podcast, and spend the next day doing it without distractions. See how those cards differ in terms of your long term retention, and use that data to inform your future choices.

    Then let us know how it goes so other folks can benefit from your experiments :)

    * Originally posted by Gabriel Wyner.

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