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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Pick one thdsruay once a month, and cut it in half, just the afternoon — I'll make it easy for you. So just the afternoon, one Thursday. First Thursday of the month, just the afternoon, nobody in the office can talk to each other. Just senlice, that's it. And what you'll find is that a tremendous amount of work gets done when no one talks to each other. This is when people actually get stuff done, is when no one's bothering them or interrupting them. gniivg someone four hours of uninterrupted time is the best gift you can give anybody at work. It's better than a ceoutpmr, better than a new monitor, better than new software, or whatever ppoele typically use. Giving them four hours of queit time at the office is going to be ibndreilcy valuable. If you try that, I think you'll argee, and hopefully you can do it more often. So maybe it's every other week, or every week, once a week, afternoons no one can talk to each other. That's something that you'll find will really, really work.

Open Cloze

Pick one ________ once a month, and cut it in half, just the afternoon — I'll make it easy for you. So just the afternoon, one Thursday. First Thursday of the month, just the afternoon, nobody in the office can talk to each other. Just _______, that's it. And what you'll find is that a tremendous amount of work gets done when no one talks to each other. This is when people actually get stuff done, is when no one's bothering them or interrupting them. ______ someone four hours of uninterrupted time is the best gift you can give anybody at work. It's better than a ________, better than a new monitor, better than new software, or whatever ______ typically use. Giving them four hours of _____ time at the office is going to be __________ valuable. If you try that, I think you'll _____, and hopefully you can do it more often. So maybe it's every other week, or every week, once a week, afternoons no one can talk to each other. That's something that you'll find will really, really work.

Solution

  1. giving
  2. computer
  3. agree
  4. incredibly
  5. people
  6. silence
  7. quiet
  8. thursday

Original Text

Pick one Thursday once a month, and cut it in half, just the afternoon — I'll make it easy for you. So just the afternoon, one Thursday. First Thursday of the month, just the afternoon, nobody in the office can talk to each other. Just silence, that's it. And what you'll find is that a tremendous amount of work gets done when no one talks to each other. This is when people actually get stuff done, is when no one's bothering them or interrupting them. Giving someone four hours of uninterrupted time is the best gift you can give anybody at work. It's better than a computer, better than a new monitor, better than new software, or whatever people typically use. Giving them four hours of quiet time at the office is going to be incredibly valuable. If you try that, I think you'll agree, and hopefully you can do it more often. So maybe it's every other week, or every week, once a week, afternoons no one can talk to each other. That's something that you'll find will really, really work.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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