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Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 02:51

A demon inside us: procrastination.

These are vertiginous times. Technology and consumism fill every little piece of our life. It's easy to get distracted from you really want. Maybe, you want to be more productive in your work, or you desire to learn that musical language you hear in your tv series. However, a demon called procrastination come to remind you every moment there is a social network called Facebook waits for you, or maybe that red notification on Tinder's icon call you to check it out.

Procrastination is a very common human activity. When you pospone or avoid an important or urgent task replacing it by other more irrelevant or pleasant, then you fall into the whirlwind of procrastination. It's difficult to beat this natural phenomenom, you must secure to have enough patience and strong will. The key, I think, from my perspective, it isn't beat it, but handle it to minimize their influence in our daily routine. You can apply the Two Minutes Rule, or Seinfeld Strategy, but the important it's to known it existence and manage your time and energy efficently.

From my personal experience, I use the Eisenhower Matrix. In practice, the matrix is divided en four zones by two axes: one axis represents urgency, and the other axis represents importance o significance. You collect all your tasks and clasify them by order of these two axes: urgency and importance. The urgent tasks you can divide them into two zones: those that must do it right now, and those that you can delegate them. The non urgent tasks you classify them into those that you introduce in your calendar (and must do it before date) and those that are not important and you can take them and throw them to the "Recicly Bin".

The important is to honor your matrix and do it. Do yourself a favor and manage your time. The knowledge is power and power is to have time to do whatever you want.

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I learn : English (Beginner) French (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) German (Beginner)
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Hello Homero,

Wow! That was another incredibly impressive text. Again you've chosen such a complex, tricky topic to write about. So very well done!

I spend way too much time procrastinating so will find time to look into the Eisenhower Matrix.

Here are just a few key corrections needed:

1. consumism  = correct word is "consumerism"

2.  fill every little piece of our life = remember you are talking about more than one "human life", so use the plural form "lives"

3. a demon called procrastination come to remind you every moment = you refer to a demon as "it" so you would say "it comes to remind you"

4. there is a social network called Facebook waits for you, = you forgot to put the relative pronoun "that" here. "there is a social network called Facebook that waits for you"

5. When you pospone or avoid an important or urgent task replacing it by other more irrelevant or pleasant, = in this case you would use the word "something". Also, watch your spelling of "postpone". You "replace something WITH something else."  "When you postpone or avoid an important or urgent task, replacing it with something more irrelevant or pleasant."

6. you must secure to have enough patience and strong will = I think you meant "you must ensure you have enough patience"? Also we tend to say "willpower" in English.

7. to minimize their influence in our daily routine  "minimize their influence ON our daily routine" Prepositions are tricky haha!

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Peter Taylor's picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Really good effort mate! I spend way too much time on Facebook! Think we all do though haha!

Most of what you need to work on has been pointed out by the guy above me. I would suggest changing this phrase though but the important it's to known it existence . I would say the important thing is to be aware of OR know about its' existence

Also,we don't say the matrix is divided en four zones but the matrix is divided into four zones.

Same with this one: importance or significance.

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I learn : French (Beginner)
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Great job! (I had to look up vertiginous! thanks for teaching me a new word!)

I enjoyed reading this!

I will correct your mistakes in the document and highlight them in a different colour.


These are vertiginous times. Technology and consumerism fill every little piece of our life. It's easy to get distracted from what you really want. Maybe, you want to be more productive in your work, or you desire to learn that musical language you hear in your tv series. However, a demon called "procrastination" comes to remind you every moment of the day that there is a social network called Facebook waiting for you, or maybe that red notification on Tinder's icon calls you to check it out.

Procrastination is a very common human activity. When you pospone or avoid an important or urgent task, replacing it by other more irrelevant or pleasant, then you fall into the whirlwind of procrastination. It's difficult to beat this natural phenomenon, you must secure to have enough patience and strong will to fight it. The key, I think, from my perspective, it isn't to beat it, but to handle it to minimize its influence in our daily routine. You can apply the Two Minutes Rule, or Seinfeld Strategy, but the important thing is to acknowledge its existence and manage your time and energy efficiently.

From my personal experience In my personal life, I use the Eisenhower Matrix. In practice, the matrix is divided into four zones in two axes: one axis represents urgency, and the other axis represents importance o significance. You collect all your tasks and clasify them according to these two axes: urgency and importance. The urgent tasks can be divided into two zones: those that you must do it right now, and those that you can delegate them. The non urgent tasks can be classified into those that you introduce in your calendar (and must do it before a specific date) and those that are not important and can be thrown into the "recycling bin".

The important thing is to honor your matrix and do it. Do yourself a favor and manage your time. The knowledge is power and power is to have time to do whatever you want.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Hi Homero

Great writing once again!  Quite inspiring actually as I'm guilty of procrastination.  I like your wise words and encouragement to look for a stratagy to manage it rather than remove it from our lives altogether!  I have worked through the corrections as I know you are working towards a high standard of English but your text was fluent and understandable.  I admit to having had to look up the word "vetiginous" and have suggested using a slightly more frequently used one instead!!  See my corrections below:

These are vertiginous [vertiginous is a very unusual word – I had to look it up!!  Perhaps try “dizzying”, “unstable” or bewildering” instead?]times. Technology and consumerism fill every little piece of our life. It's easy to get distracted from what you really want. Maybe you want to be more productive in your work, or you desire to learn that musical language you hear in your tv series. However, a demon called procrastination comes to remind you every moment. There is a social network called Facebook which waits for you, or maybe that red notification on Tinder's icon calls you to check it out.

Procrastination is a very common human activity. When you postpone or avoid an important or urgent task by replacing it with another more irrelevant or pleasant one, then you fall into the whirlwind of procrastination. It's difficult to beat this natural phenomenon; you must be sure to have enough patience and strong will. The key, I think, from my perspective,  is not to beat it, but handle it to minimize its influence on our daily routine. You can apply the Two Minute Rule, or Seinfeld Strategy, but it's important  to know its existence and manage your time and energy efficiently.

From my personal experience, I use the Eisenhower Matrix. In practice, the matrix is divided into four zones by two axes: one axis represents urgency, and the other axis represents importance or significance. You collect all your tasks and classify them by order of these two axes: urgency and importance. You can divide the urgent tasks into two zones: those that must  be done right now, and those that you can delegate. You then classify the non urgent tasks into those that you introduce in your calendar (and must do it before a specific date) and those that are not important and you can take them and throw them into the "Recycle Bin".

The important thing is to honor your matrix and do it. Do yourself a favor and manage your time. Knowledge is power and power is to have time to do whatever you want.

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I learn : Spanish (Beginner)
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Hi! With the rise of apps and social media around the world, this was a really relevant and relatable topic for me. 

Just a few things to note:

  • Where you say 'strong will', did you mean willpower? 'You must have enough patience and willpower' or 'You must have be patient and strong-willed' would be more common of the English language. You could also say 'You must have enough patience and a strong will against it' if you were referring to 'will' as a noun and 'strong' as the seperate adjective from it. 'Will' used in this way refers to a deliberate fixed desire or intention
  • Just keep an eye on your spelling of 'classify' too 
  • 'Favor' is the American English spelling of the word whereas 'favour' is the British English spelling
  • The same goes for 'honor'. This is the American English spelling and 'honour' is the British English spelling
  • 'Non-urgent tasks' - Remember to hypenate compound adjectives

I like how you've related your personal experiences to your piece; this can effectively engage the reader. 

Thanks, Becky :)

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