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Time often holds us hostage. We wrestle with endless to-do lists, pressurized deadlines and spiraling guilt (from failing to get it all done). But there is a way out. Good habits – planning, organization and focus – can unlock the prison of “not enough time.” Check out these five time-management pointers, culled from experts, and let the tips set you free.

hostage:人質、抵押品
wrestle:努力因應、努力解決(= struggle)
pressurized:感到忙不過來的、感受壓力的
spiraling:不斷加劇增加
guilt:有罪、過失
cull:從…收集、選出、挑選(資料、消息)
set free:放…自由、釋放

1. Focus on values.

Instead of going full throttle at every task, invest time in identifying your core values. Then, schedule selectively. Take a look at your life and determine which activities are vital: high-payoff, crucial, life- or business-sustaining.

full throttle:全力以赴、全力衝刺、馬力全開、全速(= difficult to do everything well)
throttle:油門
invest:投入、耗費、投資
identify:發現、確定
core:核心、要義
selectively:嚴格篩選地、有選擇性地
determine:決定
vital:極其重要的
payoff:收益、決定性的
crucial:重要的、艱難的
sustain:支撐的、有幫助的

How to: Break activities into categories – family, work, friends, home, self. Assign a different highlighter color to each category. A glance at the color-coded schedule will reveal how balanced (or unbalanced, as the case may be) your life is.

Then, set aside an hour on a Sunday to ask yourself what’s really important. Make a list and grab your calendar. If you love art, schedule museum trips like you would a dental appointment. If family time is key, designate one day per month as a family outing day. Think creatively.

category:類別、種類
assign:分配、分派
glance:掃視
reveal:揭示、展露出
grab:抓取、影響
calendar:行事曆
dental:牙齒的、牙醫的、牙科的
dent:與牙齒有關的
designate:指定、指派、指出、指名


文法:
if you …, … like you would …
(如果你…,做…就如同你去做…是一樣的方式)

特別補充:
think outside the box.
(= think creatively)
to-do list:待辦事項清單
grocery list:食物採買清單
laundry list:冗長的清單(列出不好的事)
the A-list:A咖名單(特別指演藝圈中最popular的人)

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