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Creating a motivational goals board

As part of our Top Tips series, we'll explore the importance of motivation. Find out how you can keep your goals at the forefront of your mind through creating a goals board. For the vast majority of test takers, IELTS is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. This means that they study towards the test to achieve other goals in their life such as gaining citizenship of another country or studying abroad. These goals are, in turn, often stepping stones  towards other goals, such as becoming an engineer, or taking over the family business and beyond that’s often another set of goals, such as providing for one’s family or one day owning a nice house and a great car. Whatever your goals are, it’s really important to keep them at the forefront of your mind to keep motivation levels high. Goals boards are a great way to keep goals alive in our minds as we work hard towards achieving our dreams. They can also help us break down our ultimate goals into more achievable steps. Take a look at this example: (Click on image to enlarge) When you create YOUR own goals board, remember: Make it your own: There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Some people like to see pictures of their goals and others prefer to write about them. Some people like to use sticky notes, newspaper cuttings or even draw pictures while others prefer to use online apps.   Invest time in the dream: The more time you spend on mapping out your goals, the more motivated you’ll be to achieve them. Be specific: Rather than say ‘read a lot’, plan exactly what you’re going to read, how much and, if possible, when. That way you’ll know when you’ve achieved this goal. Track your progress: Once you’ve achieved a goal, move it to a different section on your goals board (or cross it out). This is really satisfying and will give your motivation a boost every time. Be realistic: It’s better to do more than you expected than to disappoint yourself by not achieving your targets. Start small and add activities to your daily and weekly goals as you go along and have a better idea of what you can cope with. Reward yourself: It’s really important to celebrate achieving all your goals. Depending on the size of your goal, set little rewards for each one. For example, you could reward yourself with a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate for having completed your grammar exercises. You could give yourself an evening of playing computer games or a trip to the cinema for completing all your weekly targets and have something really nice in place for completing the IELTS test. These rewards do not have to be expensive: guilt-free time to do the things we like is often the best reward.    Have fun creating your goals board! Why not share your goals board with us on Instagram. We’ll be covering more top tips in later blogs so please come back for more. Sophie

Sophie Hodgson

27 February, 2020

Creating a motivational goals board

motivation

As part of our Top Tips series, we'll explore the importance of motivation. Find out how you can keep your goals at the forefront of your mind through creating a goals board.

For the vast majority of test takers, IELTS is a means to an end rather than a goal in itself. This means that they study towards the test to achieve other goals in their life such as gaining citizenship of another country or studying abroad.

These goals are, in turn, often stepping stones  towards other goals, such as becoming an engineer, or taking over the family business and beyond that’s often another set of goals, such as providing for one’s family or one day owning a nice house and a great car. Whatever your goals are, it’s really important to keep them at the forefront of your mind to keep motivation levels high.

Goals boards are a great way to keep goals alive in our minds as we work hard towards achieving our dreams. They can also help us break down our ultimate goals into more achievable steps. Take a look at this example:

Example Trello Motivational Goals Board

(Click on image to enlarge)

When you create YOUR own goals board, remember:

  • Make it your own: There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Some people like to see pictures of their goals and others prefer to write about them. Some people like to use sticky notes, newspaper cuttings or even draw pictures while others prefer to use online apps.  
  • Invest time in the dream: The more time you spend on mapping out your goals, the more motivated you’ll be to achieve them.
  • Be specific: Rather than say ‘read a lot’, plan exactly what you’re going to read, how much and, if possible, when. That way you’ll know when you’ve achieved this goal.
  • Track your progress: Once you’ve achieved a goal, move it to a different section on your goals board (or cross it out). This is really satisfying and will give your motivation a boost every time.
  • Be realistic: It’s better to do more than you expected than to disappoint yourself by not achieving your targets. Start small and add activities to your daily and weekly goals as you go along and have a better idea of what you can cope with.
  • Reward yourself: It’s really important to celebrate achieving all your goals. Depending on the size of your goal, set little rewards for each one. For example, you could reward yourself with a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate for having completed your grammar exercises. You could give yourself an evening of playing computer games or a trip to the cinema for completing all your weekly targets and have something really nice in place for completing the IELTS test. These rewards do not have to be expensive: guilt-free time to do the things we like is often the best reward.   

Have fun creating your goals board! Why not share your goals board with us on Instagram. We’ll be covering more top tips in later blogs so please come back for more.

Sophie

Sophie Hodgson

Sophie has been supporting students on their IELTS journey since 2003 and feels privileged to have watched them succeed. While most people probably do not like taking tests, Sophie believes that preparing for the IELTS exam can be both interesting and fun. She loves language and structure and enjoys exploring both with her students to help them achieve their aims.

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