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Some of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

Some of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

If you haven’t yet visited South Africa, especially Cape Town, you may be still in the dark. This city has so much to offer to its visitors, and it’s one of the cities that have been attracting many tourists to South Africa.

In 2014, the number of tourists in South Africa was very close to hitting the 10 million mark. It’s a number that has been constantly increasing since then.

What activities are there in Cape Town that makes it attractive to visitors? Actually, it’s a city that provides so many adventurous options to its tourists.

One of Cape Town’s most recognized landmarks is Table Mountain. This mountain is situated right in the middle of the south side of the city. Its name came from its shape, which is flat on top.

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If you’re someone who likes to hike then you’ll definitely like this mountain. Even if you’re not a hiker and would like to experience what it’s like to hike, you can’t go wrong with the Table Mountain.

Furthermore, Table Mountain is classified as one of the “New7Wonders of Nature.” There’s a very rigorous and long process before this recognition is given.

It states on their website that “It took millions of votes and several years to achieve this recognition. The New7Wonders of Nature campaign began back in 2007, when people from around the world could choose any natural wonder to be considered.”

It took five years and 500 million votes to see the Table Mountain among the wonders of nature. Being able to earn such recognition ensures people that it’s a place that’s worth visiting.

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Some other things to do in Cape Town

Where you would run out of things to do in some other cities, Cape Town doesn’t allow that. Don’t think you’ll be able to stay in your hotel room without having any more fun things to do.

There are several events to be either part of, or just to go to and have some relaxing fun. Vibescout makes it very easy for tourists to find those events. From there you’ll find many options of different events to choose from and attend.

It’s very simple; for example, if you want to hike you’ll find some places listed on there for you. If you want to go to a night of jazz you’ll find that too.  That’s a very helpful site to look up for fun stuff to do while you’re on your vacation in Cape Town.

What about Boulders Beach?

You can’t visit Cape Town and not spend at least one day at Boulders Beach. That beautiful beach is found on False Bay. Approximately 60,000 visitors a year make their way along the coast, past Simon’s Town, to Boulders Beach.

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It’s not only a peaceful and beautiful beach; it’s also an attractive spot for the African penguins. As a tourist, you’ll definitely feel the urge of snapping some pictures of those creatures playing around on the sand.

Visit Robben Island

What’s so fascinating about Robben Island? Not only it’s a beautiful island, it’s most known for being the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life in prison. Many other political leaders of the South African political parties (PAC and ANC), were along side of Mandela in prison there.

As you’re touring that prison, one of the persons who are guiding you could be an ex-political prisoner from there. That could make your experience even better as you would listen to this history first hand.

This trip will take you half of a day and the tour consists of the island and the prison. The ferry doesn’t cost much either; it’s only R320 which is equivalent to $22. The experience you’ll have from this tour is priceless, although the cost is very minimal.

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South Africa is a country where visitors enjoy visit during their vacation time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why this country is so loved by tourists. Cape Town is one city that you should visit if you haven’t done so yet. You’ll definitely be amazed to see all the beauty that this city has to offer and your experience will be incomparable.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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