Organize Yourself & Your Time – IELTS Essay Practice

By | September 9, 2013
Read the article below about being organized. Then answer the comprehension questions and IELTS practice essay question at the bottom of the page.  
various clocks mounted on a wall


The beginning of the year is a busy time for everyone. People are busy with school, jobs and housework. Those with children are even busier. Making a few small changes can help you to have a much easier day.

Here are some tips to help you be more organized.

1. Be An Early Bird 

Go to bed early. This will make it easier for you to wake up refreshed. I have found that going to bed early on Friday nights is a great way to stay energetic the whole week.

2. Go Blue 

Buy yourself three or four pairs of jeans and use these during the year. Jeans go with everything and will make it easier for you to get dressed in the morning. If you have children, do the same for them. Children can get dressed themselves if they have clothes that all go together.

embroidered blue jeans back pocket

3. The Night Before 

Lay out your clothes, shoes, and socks the night before. Have your kids do the same. If they wear jeans and matching shirt, this will be easy for them. Also, try on any new clothes the night before to make sure it looks okay.

4. Reward Yourself 

Make yourself a breakfast that you enjoy. Examples are: frozen fruit shake, quick pancakes or buttery eggs. If you are short on time, have a cup of tea and some buttered toast. A fun breakfast can make for a better morning!

fruit smoothie

5. Meaty Meals 

Have some protein with each meal. Examples of protein are eggs, chicken or turkey. Some people even cook chicken breast on the weekend and have it during the week. Having some protein will help you to stay energetic all day.

brown eggs in a basket

6. The Golden Quarter 

Here is a secret to a great workday and a great career: Get to work 15 minutes early. Make this a habit! You will not be sorry. Getting to work a little early makes you look professional. If you look professional, you’ll want to be professional. Being early can also prevent you from getting to work late. If you are delayed on the road, you may still be on time. If 15 minutes is too early, start with 5 minutes. Then work your way to 15 minutes.

I hope these tips work for you!


1. What are some things that keep people busy?
2. How do jeans make life easier?
3. What is a great tip for a refreshing weekend?
4. What is meant by “lay out”?
5. What is a reward? What are some morning rewards mentioned in this article?
6. What are some ways to get more protein from your diet?
7. What does Golden Quarter mean?


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that organization is the key to success and that all successful people are organized. Do you agree? Why or why not?
Write at least 250 words.


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