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25. Are the following statements true or false? If false, say why.

  1. On Friday mornings Paul never gets up before 8.15.

  2. Paul always goes to bed until midnight.

  3. Paul doesn’t care about the weather when he goes jogging.

  4. He almost never has a regular lunch in the after­noon. Instead, he has a quick snack.

  5. Paul’s college is a five minutes’ walk from the hall where he lives.

  6. Paul doesn’t like all the subjects he’s studying but only some of them.

  7. Paul is self-confident because he’s always ready for his classes.

  8. He feels comfortable at the thought that his essay is ready.

  9. The tutor is displeased with Paul’s work and he tells him to come next time.

  10. There’s a student pub not far from Paul’s hall.

  11. After classes Paul doesn’t drop in the pub because he is too tired.

  12. In the evening he goes to the pub to see a concert of a Spanish guitar player.

26. How do you remember all the things you have to do each day / week / month? Read the article and find out how many of your ideas are mentioned. Do you agree with the other ideas?

TIME-SAVING TIPS

Making lists is relaxing. It makes you feel important – all those things to do. It calms you down (it’s OK, it’s on a list somewhere) and it makes you feel good when you cross something off.

The world divides into two types of list-makers. Type A makes orderly lists, prioritises and calmly sets to work on them. Type В waits until panic sets in, grabs the nearest envelope and scribbles1 all over it, sighs with relief2 and promptly loses it.

The more you have to do, the more you need a list, and few people with high-powered jobs get by without them.

Julie Rost, chief executive3 of a large chain of supermarkets, says, “Before I go to bed, I have to write down everything that’s going to stop me sleeping. If I write something down, I feel I won’t forget it, so my lists are a great comfort.”

Jane Levy used to write Lists, but she would forget where she put them and then waste precious time looking for them. Then a couple of years ago she came up with a new system. Now she writes key words on the back of her hand! “At least I can’t lose it,’ she says. True, but too many trips to the bathroom could have disastrous results.

Des O’Brien, a self-employed business consultant, uses another method for organising his time. He writes a list of things to do and then organises them into categories: things that have to be done straight away; other things that it would be good to do today; things that are important but don’t have to be done immediately; and things that he can put off but that he doesn’t want to forget. “Using categories to order the world is the way the human mind works,” he says.

It’s all a question of what works best for you, whether it’s a tidy notebook, a forest of Post-it® notes or the back of your hand. Having tried all these, Kerry Johns, student, relies on her personal organiser. “My personal organiser has changed my life,” she says. “Up to now, I’ve always relied on my good memory, but now that I’m working and studying, I find I’ve got too much to keep in my head.”

So what are you waiting for? There’s no better time than the present to take control of your work and life. So, get out your pencil and paper and make a list.

Sue Kay & Vaughan Jones, New Inside Out, Macmillan

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1 scribble –писать быстро и небрежно

2 relief –облегчение

3 chief executive – президент (компании), директор

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