How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To savor something is to take the time to enjoy it. You might savor a delicious meal, or a beautiful sunset.

  • She savored every bite of her food, even though she was starving.
  • He savored the moment, taking in every detail of the sunset.

errands are things that you do to take care of business. You might go shopping for groceries, go to the bank, or go to the post office.

  • I have to run some errands after work.
  • I need to go to the bank to pick up my daughter's birthday present.

Judicious is a word that is often used to describe people who are careful and thoughtful. They often make the best decisions because they are aware of all of the possible consequences of their actions.

  • He was judicious in his decision to fire the employee.
  • She is judicious in her decision to reject the proposal.

To sopping is to soak something in water or other liquid. When you sopping something, you are trying to make it wetter or softer.

  • She sopped the towel in the sink to get the water out.
  • The ground was sopping with water after the rainstorm.

Scintillating means to be very bright and colorful. When you describe something as scintillating, you are often describing it as very exciting or interesting.

  • The party was scintillating, with a variety of different colors and styles.
  • The performance was scintillating, with a lot of bright lights and exciting music.

mattered is an adverb that means that the thing that is being described is very important.

  • The matter is very important to me.
  • The matter is of great importance to the government.

Doable means that something is possible and reasonable. It's usually used in a negative sense to describe something that is not very likely to happen.

  • The task is doable, but it will take a lot of time.
  • The task is not doable, because it's too difficult.

To putter is to do small tasks that don't require a lot of effort or attention. You might putter around the house, doing little tasks that you don't have to worry about.

  • He was puttingtering around the house, doing chores that he doesn't really enjoy.
  • She was puttingtering around the house, doing chores that she doesn't feel like doing.

To meditate is to focus your attention on your breathing and your thoughts. You may use meditation to relax your body and mind.

  • She practices meditation every day to relax her mind and body.
  • I tried to meditate, but I couldn't focus my mind.