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From the Ted Talk by Tim Harford: A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity

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Slow-motion multitasking feels like a counterintuitive idea. What I'm describing here is having multiple ptjocres on the go at the same time, and you move backwards and fdrarwos between topics as the mood takes you, or as the situation demands. But the reason it seems counterintuitive is because we're used to lsanipg into multitasking out of desperation. We're in a hurry, we want to do everything at once. If we were willing to slow multitasking down, we might find that it works quite bilinrlltay. Sixty years ago, a young psychologist by the name of Bernice Eiduson began a long research prjcoet into the ploineisearts and the wkoirng haibts of 40 leading scientists. einisetn was already dead, but four of her subjects won Nobel pirzes, including Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman. The research went on for decades, in fact, it continued even after professor Eiduson herself had died. And one of the questions that it answered was, "How is it that some scientists are able to go on producing important work right through their lives?" What is it about these people? Is it their personality, is it their skill set, their daily rueontis, what?

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Slow-motion multitasking feels like a counterintuitive idea. What I'm describing here is having multiple ________ on the go at the same time, and you move backwards and ________ between topics as the mood takes you, or as the situation demands. But the reason it seems counterintuitive is because we're used to _______ into multitasking out of desperation. We're in a hurry, we want to do everything at once. If we were willing to slow multitasking down, we might find that it works quite ___________. Sixty years ago, a young psychologist by the name of Bernice Eiduson began a long research _______ into the _____________ and the _______ ______ of 40 leading scientists. ________ was already dead, but four of her subjects won Nobel ______, including Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman. The research went on for decades, in fact, it continued even after professor Eiduson herself had died. And one of the questions that it answered was, "How is it that some scientists are able to go on producing important work right through their lives?" What is it about these people? Is it their personality, is it their skill set, their daily ________, what?

Solution

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  2. habits
  3. brilliantly
  4. forwards
  5. projects
  6. prizes
  7. routines
  8. einstein
  9. project
  10. working
  11. personalities

Original Text

Slow-motion multitasking feels like a counterintuitive idea. What I'm describing here is having multiple projects on the go at the same time, and you move backwards and forwards between topics as the mood takes you, or as the situation demands. But the reason it seems counterintuitive is because we're used to lapsing into multitasking out of desperation. We're in a hurry, we want to do everything at once. If we were willing to slow multitasking down, we might find that it works quite brilliantly. Sixty years ago, a young psychologist by the name of Bernice Eiduson began a long research project into the personalities and the working habits of 40 leading scientists. Einstein was already dead, but four of her subjects won Nobel prizes, including Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman. The research went on for decades, in fact, it continued even after professor Eiduson herself had died. And one of the questions that it answered was, "How is it that some scientists are able to go on producing important work right through their lives?" What is it about these people? Is it their personality, is it their skill set, their daily routines, what?

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