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4. Batch’em.

Imaging your time is like a closet. See your day as a limited space that accommodates only so much and benefits from organization. Group common tasks together. Hit the grocery store, cleaners and health-food store all in one outing.

How to: Counterpoint management: Pick off-times to pick up dry-cleaning and stock up on groceries. Leave 30 minutes earlier in the morning to avoid rush-hour traffic. Added benefit: You’ll get in quiet time at work.

batch:分批處理、一批、一組、一群、分組
‘em:(= them)
closet:壁櫥、衣櫥
accommodate:能容納、考慮到
grocery store:食品雜貨店
cleaners:乾洗店
counterpoint:對比、反向操作
off-time:離峰時間
stock up:儲備
rush-hour:上下班的尖峰時段

5. Just do it!

Procrastination is a chronic time guzzler. Set up a rewards system to stay motivated. Say a deadline out loud to someone else to solidify it in your mind and to commit yourself to it. If you are consistently late, set an early deadline and write reminders in your planner, calendar, or on post-its. Don’t let fear of failure – or success – paralyze you. Jump in and get started.

How to: If you re feeling unfocused and having trouble getting something done, take a 15-minite break. Set a beginning and end to the break to make it guilt-free.

procrastination:拖延
chronic:習慣性的、長期的、慢性的、難以根除的
chron:時間
guzzler:暴飲暴食者
motivated:有動機的、有積極性的
out loud:大聲說出
solidify:使團結、使凝固
commit:使承擔義務、使作出保證
consistently:一貫地、固守地
reminder:提示、提醒物
fear:害怕
paralyze:使癱瘓、使麻痺、使停滯不前
jump in:立即參與
unfocused:目光茫然的
guilt-free:無罪的、不愧疚


文法:
hit … all in one …
(一次做…就能把去…地方全部完成)

特別補充:
kill two birds with one stone
:一石二鳥
traffic jam:塞車
bumper to bumper:嚴重的塞車、卡在車陣中動彈不得

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