Describe a time when you were very busy – IELTS Cue Card
Describe a time when you were very busy
You should say:
- When it was?
- Why you were so busy?
- How did you manage your busy schedule?
We live in a tempestuous world. Everyone is constantly moving, trying to get from one place to another. With a large portion of India’s youth in their prime years of education, it is expected that they are busy, rushing around to finish their assignments before their respective deadlines. I found myself very busy during my 12th standard board exams.
Board exams in India are of paramount importance. Thus, during my exams, a copious amount of pressure was on me, and I was overwhelmed. I needed to find an efficient way to work through the chaos. To work my way through this busy time, I decided to write all my tasks down on a whiteboard. I divided them by subject and importance and developed a rigorous schedule for myself. Within 20 minutes, I had the final schedule in my hands, and I started working according to it.
The schedule gave me direction and allowed me to finish my tasks in an organised way. The pressure began to subside slowly, and I was becoming more efficient day by day.
By organising my anarchic thoughts, and taking a moment to work through everything that required straightening out I was able to finish my tasks breezily. Sometimes, when we are feeling stressed and anxious, the best thing to do is take a minute and breathe. When we allow ourselves to pause for clarity, our mind can work wonders and provide us with guidance on how to proceed.
- Tempestuous: characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.
Ex: The tempestuous politics of the war and reconstruction period suited his aggressive nature and constructive talent.
- Paramount: more important than anything else; supreme.
Ex: Loyalty is a duty paramount to all others.
- Chaos: complete disorder and confusion.
Ex: The country is in chaos right now.
- Copious: abundant in supply or quantity.
Ex: Dawson wrote copious notes
- Anarchic: with no controlling rules or principles to give order.
Ex: The situation in the country is becoming increasingly anarchic.
Sample Answer 1
We all happen to be industrious about certain tasks and errands from time to time. During such situations, we tend to overlook every other aspect of our lives and focus all of our attention on the task at hand. The reason behind such concentrated efforts can vary from person to person. A similar time when I was quite busy myself was when I was volunteering for my annual college fest.
It was at the end of 2018, and our first year of college was coming to an end. Most of our batchmates were either hosting an event or volunteering and supervising various activities. I was appointed, as the volunteer for all the academic events on an entire floor of my college campus. Thus, I had quite a lot on my plate and was caught up with various supervision activities.
A major part of my role as a volunteer was to resolve any issues that occurred on the floor that I was supervising. If a particular host or participant faced any problems, they could come to me to have their questions answered and issues resolved. Needless to say, I was approached by a number of participants who asked me questions about the events, registration procedures and other incidental details about the fest. There were times when the hosts of a few events asked me for advice on how to tackle certain problems during their events. Despite having a bustling schedule, I managed to handle my responsibilities well by properly allocating time to each issue, that arose. The college fest was a huge success, and I had a wonderful experience volunteering for the event.