Topic 5 想做但没时间做的事
1. Is time management important?
Yes, time management is super important, especially for students. In order to finish all your assignments, you have to make a schedule36 and follow it. It’s not that easy to plan out your time. But once you become good at it, you will do a lot better. I suppose that time management helps people do their work well and avoid procrastinating37. It can help them get good grades or a promotion.
2. What are the effective ways to manage time?
One way is to make a to-do list. If you have lots to do, you can order your tasks from most to least important38. Then you start at the top and work your way down39. That way, you can get the most important tasks done first. Another good way is avoiding distractions. You can turn off your phone or anything else that isn’t helping you focus.
3. Which kinds of things will occupy a whole day for people?
Well, I think it depends on the person. Some people are always tied up with work or study. So they spend most of their time on their schoolwork or jobs. But young couples often spend a whole day on a date. Lots of guys want to do a lot of things on a date. So some young couples do fun activities together. They might have a good meal, watch a movie, or go shopping together. All of those take up time40.
4. Do you think most people can manage their time well?
Yes, I think most people can manage their time well. Adults in particular have more experience. So they know how to schedule better. Most Chinese adults don’t have a lot of free time. Many of them have to work overtime and run errands after work41. So they have to know how to use their free time well. If you think of it this way, you’ll find that lots of people are good at managing time.
5. What do old people and young people do during their free time?
Well, lots of old people in China love square dancing. It’s a kind of group dance that many Chinese people love doing in an open space. It’s really popular with seniors. And it’s also a very healthy activity both physically and mentally. When it comes to young people, I think they like playing cellphone games during their free time. Lots of people my age42 look at screens all the time. It’s definitely a luxury43.
6. Apart from study and work, is it necessary to have time for relaxing?
Yes, I believe it’s necessary to have time to relax. Work and study are important because they keep us productive and help maintain our livelihood44. But if we don’t have time to relax, we may become too stressed to function45. Relaxing is good for our physical and mental health. Honestly, nobody wants to work too hard. Sometimes the best thing to do is spend time relaxing.
36 make a schedule: 制作日程表
37 procrastinating：拖延，procrastinate /pro’kræstɪnet/
38 order your tasks from most to least important：把任务从最重要到最不重要排序
39 work your way down：挨个做下去，挨个处理下去
40 take up time：占用时间
41 run errands after work：下班后又有很多琐碎的事情需要做
42 people my age：我这个年龄的人们
43 a luxury：（把时间浪费在手机上）太奢侈了
44 maintain our livelihood：维持生计
45 too stressed to function：压力过大无法正常工作