How to Learn a New Language in 2019

For English Speakers, learning a new language is a great way to push your horizons and make that next vacation even more exciting. But you’ve got to start early! Here’s how.

Exploring any city is better if you have a bit of knowledge of the local language!

Many people start out the year with a resolution to learn a new language, or pick up where they left off in High School. That’s great, but as with most New Year resolutions, about 80% will have given up by the time February 1st hits the calendar.

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How the New WeAchieve Works

WeAchieve is the most powerful goal tracking platform out there on the market today. But with that power does come a bit of complexity. Here’s your quick guide to how WeAchieve defines goals, and what you can do with it.

It all starts with goals. Goals are the handful of big things that you want to accomplish. Some examples could be: to live healthier, to run a marathon, to learn new things, stay in touch, to get organized, or many more. These can be as specific or broad as you want, but they should be meaningful to you. They should be the core of what you want to accomplish in the coming years.

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The 2 Most Important Keys To Actually Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, millions of us go through the ritual of setting New Year’s Resolutions for the new year. Sadly, according to U.S. News, 80% of our New Year’s Resolutions will fail by February

Now, there are countless reasons for why this happens. But regardless of what resolution you set, there are 2 important principles that will ensure your resolution doesn’t fall into this 80%:

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New Steps to Take on iPhone Addiction

If you feel like you are addicted to your iPhone, you probably are. Apple now provides a handy way to see just how many hours you spend. But using that data to live better is the next step. Here’s how to get started.

With the recent release of iOS 12, Apple now shares the time spent on your phone daily. For anyone who worries a bit about their phone usage and wants to reduce it, this is a huge boon. Saying, “yeah, I’m addicted to my phone” and saying “yeah, I picked up my phone 114 times and used it for a total of 3 hours and 27 minutes.” And yes, those numbers are real — that was my day upon seeing the screen time feature debut a week ago.

Having easy access to this data is great, and Apple also provides some tools for managing that, letting you browse the data and set limits by app. But for most people, setting limits is a non-starter. Perhaps it is human psychology, but creating artificial limits on oneself feels unnatural. And even if you do set one up, it’s often just an annoyance you remove the first time it comes into play.

We are only beginning to understand the impact of smartphones on our psychology.

Indeed, though Apple is making this data available to you and though they give you ways to control it, many early reviewers note that this changes nothing as the limits become annoying and eventually are turned off. It will be interesting to see if Apple shares any details on how overall usage changes, but we’d expect it to drive very little long-term change in user behavior.

But the problem is that a lot of us should change our behaviors! The average smartphone user picks up their phone 47 times per day, uses it for almost 3 hours per day, and spends an 75 minutes per day on social media (source). Merge that with recent studies linking phone usage to depression and suicide attempts in teens (source), and we can say that it’s pretty likely that your phone usage is negatively impacting your life.

The reality is that reducing screen time (or any habit) takes willpower and self-control, and that these are skills that are developed over time and ones that technology can, if used correctly, help develop. As a creator of a platform designed to build that, I am quite excited to use WeAchieve to start to reduce my phone usage. I am using it fairly uninhibited for the first week in order to get a baseline of behavior.

My phone usage in hours over the first week of tracking, with the 3h 6m average noted in black

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