Unseen Passage: Keep Your Watch Accurate

Keep your watch accurate. For some people, moving up the time on their watch will help them get up earlier. For others, they will remember that the time on the watch is wrong and will disregard it altogether. It may be helpful to set your watch just two minutes ahead instead of five or ten.

Keep a clock, phone, computer or anything that displays time in each room of your house. One of the easiest ways to run late is simply by not realising that the time is passing as quickly as it is.

Set all your clocks and watches to the same time. Don’t be an optimist. Things usually take longer than what you’d expect, even without major delays. If you have a dinner appointment at 7:30 p.m., don’t think you can work till 7 p.m., then take a bath, dress and reach on time. Realistically, calculate the time you will take at each step and then add 10 minutes more to allow for unexpected delays, or you cannot get to your job done in time.

Wake up when you are supposed to wake up. Don’t hit the snooze button, keep on lying in bed, and watch TV at the very start of your day. Maybe you can try even setting your clock 10 minutes earlier than you need. If you have difficulty with this, move your alarm clock to somewhere away from your bed; that way, you will have to get up to turn it off. Commit yourself to being 15 minutes early for everything. If you have to reach your place of work at 8:00, don’t even tell yourself this. Just tell yourself (and everyone else who listens — but don’t annoy them or make them think that they are late or early!) “I have to be at work at 7:45.” If you do this, you will be on time even with little unforeseen delays. You will be on time even with a traffic jam.

Q. On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer the following questions:

  1. Keep a __________ in each room.
    1. clock
    2. phone
    3. computer
    4. any one of the above
  2. It is good to commit yourself __________ for everything.
    1. to be late
    2. to delay
    3. to being 15 minutes early
    4. to search to the last moment
  3. To be punctual we should __________.
    1. hit the snooze button of the alarm clock
    2. get up at the right time
    3. start watching TV in the morning
    4. keep on lying in bed
  4. It is a good habit to __________.
    1. reach your work place in time.
    2. calculate the time before starting any work.
    3. keep lying in bed after the alarm clock buzzes.
    4. both
    5. 1 and 2.
  5. According to the passage the watch should be set __________ ahead.
    1. five minutes
    2. ten minutes
    3. two minutes
    4. fifteen minutes
  6. The writer suggests to keep the watch __________.
    1. ahead of time
    2. accurate
    3. inaccurate
    4. none of these
  7. The given chart shows that students should get up __________.
    1. before 5 a.m.
    2. after 5 a.m.
    3. between 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
    4. at 7 a.m.
  8. A student spends maximum time in __________ during the day time.
    1. taking meals
    2. taking rest
    3. school
    4. sleeping
  9. A student __________ devote time to studying on his own.
    1. can
    2. should not
    3. should
    4. will
  10. Proper time __________ helps everyone lead a stress free life.
    1. organisation
    2. management
    3. planner
    4. devotion
  11. Which one of the following is NOT a time management tip?
    1. Prioritize your work.
    2. Set time limit.
    3. Remove important tasks from ‘to-do’ list.
    4. Plan ahead.
  12. The word which means the same as ‘correct in all details’ in para 1 is __________.
    1. watch
    2. disregard
    3. ahead
    4. accurate


  1. any one of the above
  2. to being 15 minutes early
  3. get up at the right time
  4. both 1. and 2.
  5. two minutes
  6. accurate
  7. between 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  8. school
  9. should
  10. management
  11. Remove important tasks from ‘to-do’ list.
  12. accurate

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