Relax…it's just a quiz. No one is going to see the results; it's not for a grade and this material isn't going to be on the final. The following time management quizzes will help you recognize how you spend and manage your time. Many people wish for more hours in the day, but with a few simple changes, you could make the most of 24!
First, select the statement that best describes your approach to time management.
If your approach to time management is most like number 1, congratulations! You approach daily life in an organized, resourceful manner and can effectively take on new opportunities that come your way. If statement number 2 most reflects your approach to time management, you're doing a decent job at managing work, family and life. With a little more fine-tuning, effective time management will become second nature. If statements 3 or 4 fit you to a "T" you've got your work cut out for you. While it's nice to be spontaneous and unstructured at times, it's not the most effective way to approach serious projects, priorities and goals.
The following time management quizzes will show how you spend a typical day—and pinpoint the specific behaviors that cause you to be a time management pro—or out of control!
Record how many hours you spend each day on specific activities. Make sure they total to 24 hours.
|+ _____||Family ctivities|
|+ _____||Personal care|
|+ _____||Television/Video Games/Internet, etc.|
|+ _____||Socializing with friends|
|= 24||Total Hours|
Review your typical day. What are the "non-negotiable" items? Which activities are time-wasters that could be reduced or eliminated altogether? What would you like to spend more time doing? Take the next quiz to zero in on specific attitudes you have regarding time.
Score each item according to how often each statement applies to you: 5 (Always), 4 (Often), 3 (Sometimes), 2 (Rarely), 1 (Never)
|1. I am overwhelmed by too many tasks.|
|2. When people ask how I am, I usually answer, "Stressed."|
|3. I work best and hardest as a deadline nears.|
|4. I feel uncomfortable delegating work to others.|
|5. I'm usually late for appointments, classes, etc.|
|6. I feel worried and tired.|
|7. I procrastinate until I run out of time.|
|8. I feel information-overload with e-mail, texting, etc.|
|9. I am paralyzed by the thought of planning short-term and long-term goals.|
|10. My life isn't balanced.|
How do you measure up? Tally your score: _________
You have mastered managing your time and life. Job well done!
Your score: 1-16
You do reasonably well at managing time and daily tasks. Consider taking an online course for further improvement.
Your score: 17-33
You need to change certain behaviors in order to take control of your life. Otherwise, work, family and daily tasks will be a constant source of pressure and anxiety. Enroll in online classes to learn new skills for effectively managing time and stress.
Your score: 34-50
Get time on your side with a few of these helpful time management strategies.
William Shakespeare said, "Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late." This is a tad extreme, even for the time management pros. But there is wisdom in the playwright's words. Turning in work late, running into meetings late—even one minute—leaves an impression on fellow coworkers, students and instructors. It sounds an alarm that this person doesn't have it all together. So, get it together and time will be on your side!