Here’s an easy self-test to determine how well your time-management skills are currently developed.
For each of the questions below, give yourself 3, 2, 1, or 0 points, according to the following scoring key:
- If your answer is “always,” give yourself 3 points.
- If your answer is “usually,” give yourself 2 points.
- If your answer is “occasionally,” give yourself 1 point.
- If your answer is “rarely” or “never,” give yourself 0 points.
Question / Score
- Do you think about and plan your day before you start it?
- Do you write appointments and key tasks in your calendar?
- Do you keep—and use—a continuing “to-do” list?
- Do you use this “to-do” list as a reminder of things you would like to do in the future?
- Do you group similar tasks and do them consecutively?
- Do you use waiting time to handle small tasks?
- Do you handle the most important tasks of the day when you feel most alert?
- Do you stop working on a task when you begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed?
- Do you feel your personal and professional lives are well balanced?
- Do you keep a simple but well-defined filing system into which you place all loose papers and materials?
- Do you organize your work tools, such as pens, rulers, phones, and computers, so they are ready to use the minute you want them?
- When you enter your office or pick up your mail, do you immediately discard messages and items you don’t need?
- Do you keep reference materials, such as telephone books, Rolodexes, and important manuals within arm’s reach of your primary work area?
- Do you have a specific time allotted each day to handle memos, messages, and correspondence?
- Do you shut your door or engage in quiet time when you must handle detail work?
- 16. Do you keep a simple time log to access where and how you spend your time systematically?
- Do you have a good insight in the values you live by?
- Do you regularly review 90-day goals for your personal and professional life?
- Do you take time each week to appraise your productivity and discover whether you have completed the goals you set out to accomplish?
Total your points. _____________
If your score ranges between 50 and 60, congratulations!
You are nearing perfection. There’s still room for some improvement, though. The following content will help you to top things off.
If your score ranges between 40 and 49, good.
You can become even more productive each day with modest improvements in your time-management habits. After going through this site, you can achieve your goals quickly and have more time for yourself.
You’re on the right track if your score ranges between 30 and 39.
You need to make a few easy changes that will enable you to accomplish more and free up time as well. This website will serve as your guide.
If your score is below 25, you’ve come to the right place.
Going through the articles on this site can dramatically help you improve your time management skills and achieve far more than you ever thought possible.
This self-test gave you an indication of how you are currently managing your time. Feel free to retake the test over the coming months so that you can track – and enjoy watching – your progress.