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Time Management Quiz

Time Management Quiz

It is important to better-manage your time and tasks. How could you do that?

In an attempt to answer that question, I would like to ask you to read the following.

Time Management Questions

These time management questions that will cause you to think about your current habits. As you go through the questions, think about what the answer to the question suggests to you, about how you should change some of your habits, in order to become a better time manager.

1. Do you make lists of tasks as they come up, then carefully order the lists into priorities* and then do you tick off the tasks, as they are completed; or are you more likely to simply respond to current events as they occur and, as a result bounce around the place, like a pinball wizard?

2. Do you set specific targets that you must achieve before the day is through, or do you go with the flow?

3. Do you carry with you at all times a note book and pencil? Or do you just try to remember as much as you can?

4. Do you call unnecessarily long meetings?

5. Do your meetings stray off topic? If yes, how could you keep your meeting more focused on topic?

6. Do you prepare the questions you want to ask, in advance, or do you sometimes have to call back later because you forgot to ask or say something?

7. Do you ever take action on a task, then later realise that you are doing the wrong thing because you misunderstood the meaning of the original message?

8. Do you have a habit pattern that makes you less efficient than you would otherwise be? (For example, untidiness.) And if you do have such a habit, what is it, and what could you do to reduce its negative effects on your productivity?

9. Do you have a good memory for remembering people's names?

10. Do you have a good memory for learning facts?

11. Do you forget to do things? If yes, how could you prevent that from happening?

12. Are you able to explain things to others so that they always understand exactly what you mean, or do you have trouble expressing your exact meaning?

13. If you do have trouble expressing your exact meaning, has it ever occurred to you that you should continue your studies in English grammar?

14. In order to make your meaning more exact, do you use numbers to quantify-objectify your message?

15. Are you easily distracted off-topic?

16. Do you waste time by talking too much about the latest disaster caused by "the senior management"?

17. Do you waste time on social media distractions?

18. Do you run out of energy mid-afternoon? If so, what is causing this energy fluctuation and how could you improve your personal habits, so that you have more energy.

19. Do you go to bed too late?

20. Do you drink too much alcohol?

21. To you eat non-nutritious foods, such as pizza, biscuits, cakes, chocolate, sweets, puddings and white bread?

22. Do you eat lots of nutritious foods such as fish, lean meats, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and vegetables?

23. Do you drink too much coffee and not enough water?

24. Do office politics and internal conflicts interfere with the productivity of your office?

25. Is there a sense of friendly co-operation in your organisation, with each member supporting the others, or is that feeling missing?

26. Do you have an optimistic outlook or is that missing?

27. Do you have a fearful or pessimistic outlook for the future? If so, is it affecting how you feel when you are at work?

28. How can you construct a convincing argument, in your own mind, which would suggest to you that the future may be more promising than you currently believe it to be?

29. Do you delegate work, which you cannot do yourself, to people who could do it as well as you, (or at least well enough!)?

30. Do you always do the most valuable task, or do you do the easiest task?

31. Do you tend to procrastinate? If yes, how could you get yourself to beat procrastination and "just do it!"

32. What one single change in your current habits would result in the greatest increase in your personal effectiveness?

As you can easily see, each of the above time management questions contains an implied suggestion. Review these questions and pick out four of them for special attention. Think about what the answer to the question suggests to you about how you should change some of your habits, in order to become a better time manager.

Please write-out four time management statements. For example, it may look like this:

  • In order to get the message right first time, I will prepare the questions I want to ask, in advance.
  • In order to get more energy I will improve my nutrition and exercise programme.
  • In order to become more goal focused, I will set specific targets that I must achieve before the day is through.
  • In order to make the team more efficient, I will delegate work, which I cannot do to people who could do it.

Once you have written out your four statements of positive intent, please follow through in action.

Don't delay. Do it today!

*Prioritisation is the art of putting jobs into the right order. We have made a fantastic prioritisation app to help you put your tasks into the right order.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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