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Read the following two paragraphs and find the antonyms for the expressions below:

Prevent from doing something
The longest
Externalize
Minimize 
The worst
Lure away
Unproductive 

Time management can be characterized as a range of techniques and methods used to manage time to accomplish tasks or goals. Using time management techniques will help you to optimize the time you spend on extracting the best possible results in the shortest period of time. But you usually have to try hard to learn and internalize the procedures to help you maximize you effectiveness at work.

Time management has two sides because trying to choose the best techniques can lure you into polishing on your methods, prioritizing objectives, learning the latest productivity software and getting organized as you will not focus on what should be done but how to do it best. On the other hand if you choose a good system of organizing tasks and you stick to the system, it will be much more effective than accomplishing the tasks randomly as they come.

Read through the following part and fill in these linking words:

words: Moreover, Otherwise, Consequently. Even though

If we really simplify the time management methods, there are only two steps to be done:

1. Decide what to do

2. Do it

1)____ it seems to be a very easy task, you also have to decide on what to take right now and what is the best way to do it as these are the essential questions of good time management.

2)____, if you have a choice between working on two tasks, choose the one which is nearly finished because the feeling of having things done is a greater motivational factor than doing a more enjoyable task which you will not be able to finish that quickly.

Another tip concerns answering calls. Telephone can be a very ineffective distraction mainly when you are in the middle of some work. It is better not to answer all calls you have. Do so only when you are expecting a very important call. 3)____ it is more advisable to have the voicemail on and check the missed phone calls during a break so that you can stay focused. 4)____, you will not disturb your colleagues by answering numerous annoying calls which can be dealt with later.

Read the following passage and fill in the missing words:

Emails come into this category as well. Do not get 1)d____ by every e-mail you receive but 2)i_____ of that have a look at the emails during a break or after you finish a particular task. Or, for example, you can answer your emails every morning when you come to work. You should 3)d_____ particular time to that activity. It can be an hour or thirty minutes for example and then you can decide on having another hour-long period for that before going home. 4)H____, you should check you emails on a regular basis to make sure there are no 5)u_____ tasks to be done.

Talking about staying focused, it is also 6)a____ to do one thing at a time. 7)M____ decreases effectiveness as it is quite 8)c_____.

Additionally, track your time while performing certain tasks. If you realize how long it takes you to finish or sort particular things out, it will be an important marker for your time management since you will notice where you have reserves, what can be optimized, dropped or added to.

A simple task list will let you check what you have already accomplished and what tasks remain unsolved. Finally, while planning, do not forget to make sure that you take into consideration that you should have about twenty percent of your time free for unexpected and urgent tasks or for those cases when accomplishing the task takes you longer than planned.

To help you at the beginning, you can try some time management software and applications which will help you track and optimize your time.

Read the words below and put them into the correct order to create the final sentence. The first word starts with a capital letter and the last one finishes with a full stop:

words: surprised, how, how, You, you, your, will, will, will, soon, quickly, certain, be, be, increase. manage, tasks, effectiveness, able, work, to, and

Test your knowledge HERE

Correct answers

Read the following..
Prevent from doing something - help to do sth
The longest - the shortest
Externalize - internalize
Minimize - maximize
The worst - the best
Lure away lure - into
Unproductive - effective

Read through the following.. 1) Even though, 2) Consequently, 3) Otherwise, 4) Moreover

Read the following passage.. 1) distracted, 2) instead, 3) designate, 4) However, 5) urgent, 6) advisable, 7) Multitasking, 8) counterproductive

Read the words below... You will soon be surprised how quickly you will be able to manage certain tasks and how your work effectiveness will increase.

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