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Hi Ali! Thank you! "The ideal machine is the machine at...

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Hi Faye! Thank you! I will follow your advice.

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Hi Ed! Thank you! I would not be bored, but traveled....

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Hi Faye! Thank you! I try to use different words as...

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Our minds are designed to cope with simple tasks that can be done in a short time. A complex task that requires a lot of time to perform is much more difficult for us, and we do not always cope well with it. This means that we must convert this difficult task to the complex of simple ones, which can be performed one by one.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Good advice, Oleks! I did know that we should  break down large projects and tasks into bite-sized tasks but I did not know the psychology behind it.

Our minds are designed to cope with simple tasks that can be done in a short time. A complex task that requires a lot of time to perform is much more difficult for us, and we do not always cope well with it well. This means that we must convert divide the this difficult task to the complex of into a series of some simpler ones [no comma] which can be performed one by one.

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Thank you, Ali! "Divide" sounds much better,

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Faye W.C.'s picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I do agree that complex tasks are harder and take more time. That is probably why I have a problem with procrastination!

Please be mindful of your pronunciation of some words. I could only hear some minor errors. 

A complex task that requires a lot of time to perform is much more difficult for us, and we do not always cope well with it. 

Check out link on pronouncing the word much. Hope this helps. https://youtu.be/hInDGVQWBq8

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Hi Faye! Thank you for clarifying the pronunciation of the word "much"! Procrastination is my problem too. When I don’t see the immediate result of the work done, I unconsciously avoid it

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

Another very smart, informative post! I find I often get carried away and set myself tasks that are (initially) way too ambitious and complex. I end up just forgetting about it, which is a shame.

Faye and Aliakbar have done a good job of evaluating your English. As Faye has pointed out, pay attention to your pronunciation of the word "much" for future reference. Other than that, I can't think of anything that needs to be addressed.

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Hi Ed! Thank you! I have the same inclination to take on too many big things at once.

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