Get Things Done vs. Taking Time

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some people are always in a hurry to go places and get things done. Other people prefer to take their time and live life at a slower pace. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • What are the benefits of hurrying to get things done?
    • What are the benefits of living life at a slower pace?
    • What are the dangers of each extreme?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
pace (n) speed at which something takes place
The teacher kept a busy pace by keeping her students always engaged.
timetable (n) plan of what takes place at what times
She had to follow the timetable that her work followed in order to always stay ahead of the game.
hurried (adj) rushed
She could never enjoy her hurried breakfast that she ate on the way out the door.
steadfast (adj) firm and unwavering
His work pace was steadfast, which made him very dependable.
accomplish (v) achieve or completely settle
She had to accomplish everything on her to-do list before she could go to bed.
preoccupy (v) dominate or engross the mind with something
She had to do something to preoccupy her thoughts.
hold onto (expression) keep as long as possible
She had to hold onto her chaotic schedule for as long as she could.
live for (expression) believe something is very important
The CEO felt like he lived for the weekends with his family.
plow through (expression) read or accomplish something difficult in a short time
Despite the length, she plowed through the entire book in one sitting.
ahead of the curve (expression) ahead of current thinking or trends
Since he was always on the move, he felt he was ahead of the curve in his market researching practices.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
― Dale Carnegie

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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