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From the Ted Talk "Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And what you nfdi is that, especially with creative people — designers, programmers, writers, engineers, thinkers — that people really need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get something done. You cannot ask somebody to be creative in 15 minutes and really think about a problem. You might have a ckqui idea, but to be in deep thought about a problem and really consider a morpleb carefully, you need long hcrttssee of uninterrupted time. And even though the kwor day is typically eight hours, how many people here have ever had eight hours to themselves at the fcfioe? How about seven hours? Six? Five? Four? When's the last time you had three hours to yourself at the office? Two uohrs? One, maybe? Very, very few people actually have nogl stretches of ieuunetrptdrn time at an office. And this is why people choose to do work at home, or they might go to the office, but they might go to the office really early in the day, or late at night when no one's around, or they stick around after everyone's left, or go in on the weekends, or they get work done on the plane, in the car or in the train, because there are no distractions.

Open Cloze

And what you ____ is that, especially with creative people — designers, programmers, writers, engineers, thinkers — that people really need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get something done. You cannot ask somebody to be creative in 15 minutes and really think about a problem. You might have a _____ idea, but to be in deep thought about a problem and really consider a _______ carefully, you need long _________ of uninterrupted time. And even though the ____ day is typically eight hours, how many people here have ever had eight hours to themselves at the ______? How about seven hours? Six? Five? Four? When's the last time you had three hours to yourself at the office? Two _____? One, maybe? Very, very few people actually have ____ stretches of _____________ time at an office. And this is why people choose to do work at home, or they might go to the office, but they might go to the office really early in the day, or late at night when no one's around, or they stick around after everyone's left, or go in on the weekends, or they get work done on the plane, in the car or in the train, because there are no distractions.

Solution

  1. stretches
  2. office
  3. work
  4. long
  5. hours
  6. quick
  7. uninterrupted
  8. problem
  9. find

Original Text

And what you find is that, especially with creative people — designers, programmers, writers, engineers, thinkers — that people really need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get something done. You cannot ask somebody to be creative in 15 minutes and really think about a problem. You might have a quick idea, but to be in deep thought about a problem and really consider a problem carefully, you need long stretches of uninterrupted time. And even though the work day is typically eight hours, how many people here have ever had eight hours to themselves at the office? How about seven hours? Six? Five? Four? When's the last time you had three hours to yourself at the office? Two hours? One, maybe? Very, very few people actually have long stretches of uninterrupted time at an office. And this is why people choose to do work at home, or they might go to the office, but they might go to the office really early in the day, or late at night when no one's around, or they stick around after everyone's left, or go in on the weekends, or they get work done on the plane, in the car or in the train, because there are no distractions.

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work day 3
real problems 3
long stretches 3
great work 3

Important Words

  1. car
  2. carefully
  3. choose
  4. creative
  5. day
  6. deep
  7. designers
  8. distractions
  9. early
  10. engineers
  11. find
  12. home
  13. hours
  14. idea
  15. late
  16. left
  17. long
  18. minutes
  19. night
  20. office
  21. people
  22. plane
  23. problem
  24. programmers
  25. quick
  26. stick
  27. stretches
  28. thinkers
  29. thought
  30. time
  31. train
  32. typically
  33. uninterrupted
  34. weekends
  35. work
  36. writers