10 things to do after exams

10 things to do after exams

1 ) Sleep: I usually come home from an exam and jump into bed to catch up on my lost sleep. The couple of days before my exam I find it difficult to get to sleep because of the looming exam but after my exams are finished, I need that period of rest to recuperate from the stressful exam period!

2 ) Go for a celebratory meal: This is something that gets me through many long periods of revision. The thought of going somewhere nice to eat and just having a generally pleasant meal and having a fun time with friends without that nagging feeling of having to revise at the back of my mind is a welcome end to revision and exams.

3 ) Pack/throw away notes: This is very satisfying. Its something that I almost see as a ritual. Packing away revision notes and folders full of lecture notes somewhere under my bed or in a dark cupboard somewhere is very satisfying indeed. And it is refreshing to wake up to an empty desk rather than one full of piles of paper and notes.

4 ) Catch up with my emails/Facebook: I try to restrict my social life as much as possible during exam period so I don’t get distracted whilst I am revising. This usually results in long lists of emails and Facebook posts needing to be read which I end up replying to very late!

5 ) Clean my room: I’m normally a very tidy person but during the exam period I don’t know what happens but I end up with clothes on the floor, my cupboard a tip and papers scattered around my room. However, its only when my exams finish that I see this mess and so clean it up. During exams its like I have beer goggles on and my eyes just skim over it all!

6 ) Make something yummy to eat: I love to bake cookies and cakes and the majority of the time they turn out to be quiet nice! I don’t get much time in between revision to bake something, and I’m usually so distracted that I end up adding the wrong quantities of ingredients so my final product is barely edible! After my exams are over, I enjoy baking something and then eating it whilst I relax.

7 ) Read a book: I have yet to find a book to read this time round. I love reading fiction, especially since it makes a nice break from all the textbooks and journals I have read throughout the year. Anyone have any recommendations?

8 ) Lounge about without feeling guilty: This always gives me a wonderful feeling! I can sleep in, relax in the sun and surf the internet for hours on end without that nagging thought of looming deadlines and exams.

9 ) Return my textbooks to the library and secretly feel smug about others still having exams: Ah its always great fun to watch my textbooks being carried away on the conveyor belt of the Books Returns machine in the library and knowing it will be at least a month before I need to bury my head in them again. Seeing other students furiously scribbling away and revising for their upcoming exams when I have already finished makes me feel just a bit guilty but mostly relieved that I am no longer in their situation.

10 ) Enjoy the sun: Not that the sun likes to wait around till after my exams are finished. (Just look at the weather now- all dull and wet compared to the bright sunny skies we had approximately two weeks ago)! When it does come back though, I shall thoroughly enjoy eating ice cream and soaking up the sun without a textbook or any revision notes in sight!


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How to Focus On Studying in 6 Steps

How to Focus On Studying in 6 Steps

We’ve all been there: Sitting at a desk or table studying intently, and then…Wham! Thoughts from all over the place invade our brains and we get distracted. If it’s not our thoughts, it’s our roommates. Or neighbors. Or kids.

These study intruders take over, causing us to lose focus. And focus, friends, is what you need to be able to study for any of the big tests, from the LSAT and MCAT to the SAT and ACT to just your average test in school.


It’s not smart to study with your cell phone on, even if it’s set to vibrate. As soon as you get a text, you’re going to look. You’re human, after all! But remember, you can’t focus on studying if you’re chatting with someone else, too, so the cell phone should be off limits.

Turn off the computer, too (unless you’re prepping on it) and any music with vocals. Study music should be lyric-free! Post a sign on your door for people to stay away. If you have kids, find a babysitter for an hour. If you have roommates, head out of the house to the least popular spot in the library or another good study spot. For that one study session, make yourself inaccessible to people and other external study distractions, so you don’t lose focus when someone wants to chat.


If you’re studying intently, you’re going to get thirsty. Grab a beverage before you open the book. You may even need a power snack while you’re working, so grab some brain food, too. Use the bathroom, put on comfortable clothes (but not too cozy), set the air/heat to best suit you.


If you’re a morning person, choose the a.m. for your study session; if you’re a night owl, choose the evening. You know yourself better than anyone else, so choose the time when you’re at the height of your brain power and the least tired. It’ll be much more difficult to focus if you’re battling fatigue, too.


Sometimes the distractions aren’t coming from the external – they’re invading from within! We’ve all sat down to study at some point and had worries and other internal distractions invade our brains. “When is she going to call me? When am I going to get a raise?”

When these distracting questions invade, accept them, then push them aside with a logical answer:

It seems silly, but if you answer your own internal questions, you’ll focus your mind back where you want it to go. If necessary, write the the worry down, solve it in a simplistic manner and move on.

  1. “When am I going to get a raise?” Answer: “I will speak to my boss about it tomorrow.”
  2. “When am I going to get my life together?” Answer: “This is a good start. I’m studying like I’m supposed to be, so I’m headed in the right direction.”


Some people are just antsy. They need to be doing something, and their bodies don’t make the connection that they are doing something during studying. Sound familiar? If you’re one of these kinesthetic learners, get out a few things to anticipate an “ants in your pants” issue: a pen, a rubber band, and a ball.

  1. Pen: Underline words when you read. Cross off incorrect answers when you’re taking a practice test. Moving just your hand may be enough to shake off the jitters. If it’s not…
  2. Rubber band. Stretch it. Wrap it around your pen. Play with the rubber band while you’re answering questions. Still feeling jumpy?
  3. Ball. Read a question sitting down, and then stand and bounce the ball against the floor as you think of an answer. Still can’t focus?
  4. Jump. Read a question sitting down, then stand and do ten jumping jacks. Sit back down and answer the question.


It’s impossible to focus on studying if you have all sorts of negative ideas about studying. If you’re one of those people who say, “I hate studying!” or “I’m too upset/tired/sick/whatever to study, then you must learn how to flip those negative statements into positive ones, so you don’t automatically shut down when you open up your notes. It’s amazing how quickly studying can become an awful burden with just a poor frame of mind. Here are the top three negative statements people make about studying, and a quick, easy way to fix each one of them.


  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little quiet if you’re studying in a public place. Here are four polite ways to get people to pipe down when you’re trying to study.
  2. Use a good pen like the Pilot Dr. Grip. Sometimes a leaky or uncomfortable pen can undermine your study session.
  3. Wear comfortable, not cozy clothes. Your mind will associate relaxing with sweatpants or PJ’s. Choose something you’d wear to school or a movie.
  4. Tell yourself something positive in case you get distracted despite following the steps above: “I know I lost focus, but I’m going to try again and make sure I’m successful this time.” Positive encouragement goes a long way even if it’s coming from you.
  5. Drink your favorite beverage while studying as a reward for your ability to stay focused. Keep it non-alcoholic!


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7 Benefits Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

7 Benefits Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

The future of the educational system is practically determined by the development of technology. Some educators and experts are against the trends of implementing EdTech tools and apps in every single aspect of the schooling system, mainly because technology is a source of distraction for students. However, proper technology integration guides students towards greater understanding of all concepts covered in class.

Advantages Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

The teaching strategies based on educational technology can be described as ethical practices that facilitate the students’ learning and boost their capacity, productivity, and performance. Technology integration in education inspires positive changes in teaching methods on an international level. Are you still wondering whether or not you should start relying on different apps and tools? The following list of benefits will help you come to a final conclusion.

1. Technology makes teaching easy! 

Aren’t you tired of giving theoretical explanations your students cannot understand? You simply cannot discover a way of presenting tough concepts that makes the concept clear for each and every student in the class. Technology has that power! Thanks to audio-visual presentations, your students will understand exactly how the knowledge is applied in practice. You can use projectors and computer presentations to deliver any type of lesson or instruction and improve the level of comprehension within the class.

2. Technology helps you track students’ progress!

You are no longer limited to a plain-old diary and notes about every student. That would only get you confused. Today, you can rely on platforms and tools that enable you to keep track of the individual achievements of your students. MyStudentsProgress and theTeacherCloud Progress Tracker are great online tools that enable you to do that, but your school can also develop personalized software that would serve that purpose.

3. Educational technology is good to the environment!

Can you imagine the amount of paper and number of trees that would be saved if every school decided to introduce digital textbooks? Of course, that goal is far from realistic at this point, but you can make a change when you start from your own class. For example, you can instruct your students to take online tests and submit their papers and homework through email. You can also encourage them to use eReaders to go through the literature you assign.

4. Thanks to technology, students enjoy learning! 

Students are addicted to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Digg, and other websites from a very early age. The internet can distract them from the learning process, but you can also use their inclination to spend time online for a good purpose: Making learning enjoyable. Use touch-screen technology and online presentations to make the classes more interactive. You can also rely on technology when you want your students to take part in discussions. Set up a private Facebook group for your class and inspire constructive conversations!

5. Technology makes distance learning more accessible than ever! 

Without the wonders of the internet, people wouldn’t be able to get access to any type of information at the very moment they think of it. Today, distance learning is one of the most trending learning methods. Virtual lessons are slowly taking the place of traditional lectures. Students can organize their time in a way that works for them, and they can easily gain the knowledge they are interested in. For example, let’s say one of your students shows great interest in Astronomy, but the traditional curriculum does nothing to feed that hunger for knowledge. You can recommend him/her to take beginner’s course at Coursera, Udemy, or any other online service that offers high-quality virtual lectures.

6. Students and teachers can access information at any time!

This is possibly the most obvious benefit of technology. When old-school teachers were students, they had to spend hours in the library looking for the information they needed. Today, technology integration makes everything different and simpler. Students can easily access newspapers, scientific articles, studies, and any other type of content online. They can write better, deeper academic papers because they can support their arguments with more evidence. When you give a lecture the students don’t understand, they can find simpler instructions and information with a single Google search.

7. Technology makes collaboration more effective! 

Think about the way collaboration looks like in a traditional classroom setting. You organize groups, assign the projects, and suddenly the class becomes a complete mess. Some students express their opinions too loudly and firmly, while others don’t get an opportunity to be heard. Online tools and apps offer a unique setting for students to engage in a group project. They can do the work from home; the team is connected through the Internet and everyone is inspired by the focused environment.

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Technology

You stand no chance of being called “the cool teacher” if you keep neglecting the use of educational technology in the classroom. The benefits of technology integration described above should convince you of the fact that this form education is great for both students and teachers.


source: elearningindustry.com

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Good Food and Wine Show (2 – 4 June)

Good Food and Wine Show (2 – 4 June)

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. We have rounded up a bunch of super fun things to do in and around the Mother City this weekend!

Celebrate your love of cuisine and vino at the Good Food and Wine Show.

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This event in the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Lower Long Street is a three-day food and wine jamboree with all the frills and trimmings. There’s more to it than simply eating and drinking; this fest gets interactive and gives you a chance to meet some influential and world-renowned South African chefs and get your hands dirty. Cooking workshops will be led by a few of the chefs, and celebrity chefs giving cooking demos in a live theatre will be on view. Aside from this, you can check out sections such as the Lifestyle area with teachings about organic vegetable growing, a Kid’s area for your little ones, and lots of vino.

The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) is one of the country’s foremost gourmet events, and as always, it’s back to whet the appetites of Mother City foodies at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 2 to Sunday, 4 June 2017. This immensely popular event shines the spotlight on all things tasty and is highly anticipated by local lovers of yummy nosh and chefs alike.

This year’s fest returns with a spring in its step and will be tackling the controversial issue of food waste and how to minimize it in our kitchens.

The Good Food and Wine Show has eight separate sections for you to enjoy. These dedicated sections aim to totally encapsulate their respective ideas, and showcase the best goods and services available. There will be areas dedicated to Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Market, Beer and Alcohol, Kids, Street Food and Baking. So whatever aspect of food you love, this event provides the perfect experience for you.

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How to save water during water restrictions

How to save water during water restrictions

As most of you know the Western Cape is experiencing extreme drought and that leads to very strict water restrictions in this area. We can all do our bit to be more water wise and not only implement water saving techniques in desperate times, but we can make this part of our everyday lives.

25 Mei 2017

Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season, has increased need to continuously save water. For us to make sure that we have enough water available in our dams for everyone in our province, we all need to do our part to use water sparingly and adhere to the water restrictions which are in place.

Revised water restrictions

As from 1 February 2017, the City of Cape Town has implemented level 3B water restrictions, while Beaufort West Municipality has upgraded their water restrictions to level 3. These stricter water restrictions come as a result of not enough water being saved in these regions.

We can only achieve our water saving targets together. Every citizen must be water conscious, and determine the importance of their water needs in relation to the water shortages. If you have any questions about water restrictions in your area, you can contact your local municipality.

The difference between level 3 and level 3B water restrictions

Level 3 Level 3B
Watering/irrigation (with drinking water from municipal supply) of gardens, lawns, flower beds and other plants, vegetable gardens, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or automatic sprinkler systems is allowed. Watering times are not restricted, however, residents are urged to limit their watering to the mornings and evenings. Watering/irrigation (with municipal drinking water) of flower beds, lawns, vegetables and other plants, sports fields, parks and other open spaces is allowed only on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9am or after 6pm for a maximum of 1 hour per day per property and only if using a bucket or watering can. No use of hosepipes or any sprinkler systems allowed.
No watering/irrigation is allowed within 24 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt. No watering/irrigation is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well-points are not exempt.
Washing (using potable water) of vehicles and boats only is allowed if using a bucket. No washing of vehicles or boats using municipal drinking water is allowed at residential/business/industrial properties.Vehicles and boats must be washed with non-potable water or washed at a commercial carwash.

Water saving tips:

  • You’re only allowed to water your garden with a bucket in the morning and eveningPut a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants.
  • Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools, learning institutions, nurseries, users involved in agricultural activitiesusers with historical gardens and customers with special requirements can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption to the above. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • No watering is allowed within 48 hours of rainfall that provides adequate saturation.(Facilities/users making use of boreholes, treated effluent water, spring water or well points are not exempt.)
  • All wellpoints and boreholes must be registered with the City and used efficiently to avoid wastage and evaporation.(Visit the City of Cape Town website  for more information on registration.)
  • If alternative water sources are utilised, ensure that you display signage which is clearly visible from a public road or street.
  • No hosing down of hard-surfaced or paved areas with potable (drinking) water(except for health purposes) .Users, such as abattoirs, food processing industries, industries using water to prepare for painting or similar treatments, care facilities, animal shelters and other industries or facilities with special needs can apply to the Director: Water and Sanitation for exemption. (Visit the City of Cape Town website for the application process.)
  • Ornamental water features may only be operated with recirculated water.
  • The maximum showerhead flow rate may not exceed 10 litres per minute.
  • Toilet cisterns may not exceed 9,5 litres in capacity.

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Intsikizi Tapestries – Art Exhibition

Intsikizi Tapestries – Art Exhibition

IS Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of the Intsikizi Tapestries from the Keiskamma Art project during the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The six piece set of the exhibition shows the hunt for the endangered Southern Ground Hornbill (Intsikizi) and focuses on the natural environment. Using the style, composition and content of the famous European artwork “The hunt for the Unicorn” as a starting point, the theme follows in a Xhosa context showing a Xhosa traditional hunt with dogs for the ground hornbill. In the South African context Xhosa dogs are often trained to hunt by hunting the ground hornbill as it is slow to fly, and is associated with rain making, so is hunted in time of drought. It is now endangered and the hope from this work is to engage in a deeper understanding of nature and its meaning in Xhosa life, thus helping to restore traditional values of respect and awe of the natural world.

The Keiskamma Art Project provides opportunities to over a hundred people in the tiny Eastern Cape settlement of Hamburg to support themselves and their families. Members of this project are best known for the “compelling and exquisite” large-scale artworks they make collaboratively, which include embroidery and needlework.

Venue: Ilse Schermers Art Gallery, 11 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm
Cost: Free

Tel: 021 876 2071
Email: gallery@isart.co.za
Website: keiskamma.com
Facebook: The Keiskamma Trust
Twitter: keiskammatrust

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11 Facts about English I bet you did not know

11 Facts about English I bet you did not know

1. English is the language of the skies

You might know that English is the language of many lands (it’s the official language of 67 countries) but did you know it’s the language of the skies, too? That’s right, English is spoken by all pilots to identify themselves on flights, regardless of where they are from – yet another way in which learning English improves employability, to join our examples in tourism and multinational companies.

2. You or me?

We use the words ‘you’ and ‘me’ all the time, but which of the two do you think is the most widely used? You might be surprised to learn that while ‘you’ is the 18th most commonly used word in the English language; ‘me’ is way back at number 50. So what is the most used English word? Exactly that: ‘the’.

3. One in a billion!

If you were to write out every number in order as words (e.g. one, two, three, four…) you wouldn’t use the letter ‘b’ until you reached one billion!

4. No repeats!

‘Subdermatoglyphic’ is the longest English word that can be written without repeating any letters. It has 17 letters in it, and it’s the medical name for the layer of skin beneath the fingertips. Slightly easier to guess the meaning of is the word ‘uncopyrightable’, which has 15 letters without any being repeated, and refers to something that can’t be copyrighted or owned.

5. Shakespeare was an architect of the English language

The legendary playwright was responsible for many of the things we say and write today. These include the words ‘fashionable’, ‘advertising’ and ‘laughable’, and the phrase ‘fight fire with fire’, which means to respond to attack with a similar form of attack.

6. New arrivals to the dictionary

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. The newest and strangest include ‘nerdjacking’ (to hijack a conversation with detailed explanations), ‘undorse’ (to reverse a policy) and ‘Mx’ (a gender-neutral form of address instead of using Mr or Ms).

7. Same word, different meanings

You may know a ‘twerk’ to be a popular, thrusting dance but in the 16th century ‘twirk’ (spelt with an ‘i’ not an ‘e’) meant ‘to twist the hairs of a moustache’. Speaking of twerking, here’s a selection of some of our favourite modern words and slang terms you should know.

8. The origins of English

English originates from Old English, which is its earliest historical form from the 5th century. There was no punctuation until the 15th century. The oldest Old English word still used today that has the same direct meaning is ‘town’. Town has kept the same meaning as its original Old English word “tun” meaning area of dwelling.

9. Time to move

‘Go.’ is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English.

10. The enemies of poets

There are no words in English that rhyme perfectly with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ or ‘purple’. The definition of a ‘perfect rhyme’ can be found here.

11. What’s an ‘aegilops’?!

The longest word in English with its letters in alphabetical order is ‘aegilops’, which is a type of plant.

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Q & A About Cape Town

How safe is Cape Town?
No matter where you go in the world, you will always need to take basic precautions when travelling. Just be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk around with your cellphone in your back pocket, be careful not to walk around alone at night – take someone with you, only take what you need when going out – don’t take a lot of money with you, don’t let anyone help you at banks.

What is the weather like in Cape Town?
Cape Town has a moderate, Mediterranean-like climate. Summers (December to March) are usually dry and windy, while winters (June to October) are normal cold and wet.

What language do Capetonians speak?
English is the most spoken language as well as business language in Cape Town. Afrikaans and Xhosa are closely followed as other spoken languages. South Africa has a mixed culture and wide diversity resulting in 11 official languages.

What’s the public transport like? Do I need a car?
Cape Town has implemented the rapid bus system, commonly known as the MiCiti Bus. They are quick hop-on-hop-off buses that run throughout the city and outer city bowl. Cape Town has also the popular, fast minibus taxi’s stopping almost anywhere at any time. For longer distances, we also have trains. But, if any of this is not for you, renting a cheap car is always an option.

Do I need a visa for South Africa?
Yes, most likely, depending on where you come from and how long you want to stay in Cape Town. For more information on visa’s visit: http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/visitorsvisa.htm

• Tourist Visa – 90 days or less
• Transit – 3 days or less
• To conduct business – 90 days
• Voluntary or Charitable Activities – Up to 3 years
• To conduct Research – 3 years

What’s the food like in Cape Town? And is it expensive?
Eating out is fairly cheap in Cape Town. No matter where you go, you will find plenty good restaurants with delicious food. From Indian food, to Italian, Chinese, Cuban, Malay, French, Spanish, Portuguese, to good old American fast food chain, you will be spoilt for choice. But, don’t forget to try our traditional South African food as well.Buying food in shops is relatively cheap if you’re not a Capetonian.
What kind of people will I find in Cape Town?
Cape Town is a total mix of various religions, cultures and different ethnicities due to its famous history. In 2016, according to the World Population Review, Cape Town has an estimated population of 3.74 million people. Cape Town houses mostly the Xhosa speaking people, Afrikaans people and the English speaking people, all ranging from black African, Coloured, White, with a large group of Indian and an influx of Asian people.

What is Cape Town like?
Cape Town is a big city with low-lying skyscrapers, the inner part of the city being the usual buzz. The “Mother City” is known for its laid-back, relaxed vibe with beautiful long stretches of sandy-white beaches to a vast variety of fauna and flora. Cape Town is also known as the “Windy City”, with the gushing South-East “Cape Doctor” wind.

There is a lot to do within the city that you can do on a low budget. For the adrenaline junkies, there are endless adventure activities ranging from different levels of craziness.

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More About Let’s Learn English

Let’s Learn English (LLE) is the first English language school in Observatory (Obs), Cape Town. We opened in 2011, and have had many happy students from around the world. We are a small school, specialising in teaching. Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels of English

What we offer:
• Powerful learning system with endless learning material.
• Computers for students to use for learning.
• Small classes – more chances to speak, listen and improve.
• Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels.
• Comfortable atmosphere
• Unlimited free Wi-Fi

Our school offers:
• General English
• Communicate comfortably in English for everyday use.
• Business English (for your career or work)
• Be confident in everyday business situations.
• Exam English (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge CAE etc.).
• Preparation for international English Exams.

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8 Tips to Help you Set New Year Goals

The importance of setting new year goals. This is an important life skill you need to learn.

Here are 10 tips to help you set goals for the new year.

1. Define the Word “Goal”

Make sure you know what the word “goal” means.

2. The Importance of Setting Goals

Setting a goal will:

Improve your confidence.
Help you make better decisions.
Give you motivation in life.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Set small, achievable goals that can be achieved quickly. This will help you understand the process of setting and achieving a goal.

4. Improve Unrealistic Goals

Some people may dream big, maybe too big, and you know that this goal will be unachievable. Instead, refine your goal into something you know you will be able to achieve.

5. Develop a Step-by-Step Method to Achieving the Goal

Develop a step-by-step method to achieving this goal.

6. Visually Create Your Goal

A visual reminder is a great way to help you physically see what your goal is.

7. Keep in Mind the Time Factor

Make sure you set a timeline to achieve their goal.

8. Celebrate Once a Goal is Achieved

Hooray! You have achieved your goal! Now it’s time to celebrate.

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