Personal Effectiveness Check up

Michel Bell's book, Managing God's Time, published in August 2004, updated in 2013 by ebook, arose out of a three-hour Personal Effectiveness Improvement seminar he had been presenting since 2001. Geared towards busy individuals, the primary purpose of the book is to help individuals handle daily conflicting priorities. The book proposes a view of success that's foundational to help select right priorities.

Besides, Michel developed an informal basis to examine how well each of us functions in available time. This personal effectiveness self check, though not scientific, will show you where you are strong and where you might need to improve. Everyone can benefit by taking a few minutes out of their busy schedule to check their personal effectiveness.

This time management check up is part of a 100-question questionnaire we use to counsel couples. At the first meeting, we work with these 10-questions only to get an initial view of where folks are with their ideas about time management. I repeat: These questions are not scientifically developed; but, they arose after years dealing with couples of different races, cultures, and situations, and results proved reliable.

Personal Effectiveness Check up - 10 Questions

Complete the form now. Return in about one month and redo it. Did you notice a change? This check up is not a panacea; however, it's proven to be an excellent assessment of an individual's attitude to time matters. It's been a great platform to allow folks to stop and reflect on changes, if any, they need to implement to improve lifestyle issues affecting time matters. It is essential you answer each question honestly.

Quick Personal Effectiveness Self Assessment Checklist

1. Do you have a Life Goal (a personal mission statement, written or not) that guides everything you do?


2. Do you work on other short term goals (daily, weekly, monthly)?


3. Do your plans support these goals?


4. Do you have a weekly schedule on which you record fixed time commitments?


5. On weekdays, do you set aside time to plan your day?


6. On weekdays, do you work from one agenda, with the meetings and items you plan to do that day?


7. During weekdays, do you prioritize tasks to proactively plan to neglect or defer tasks you will not be able to do that day?


8. Weekly, do you plan time to reflect and refresh alone to unwind?


9. Are you happy with your main job or activity?


10. Do you tackle difficult or unpleasant tasks in a timely matter?


Personal Effectiveness Check up Keys

< 18 - Attitude shift needed
19-24 - Average: more consistency needed
> 25 - Above average: continue what you are doing

< 18 - Attitude Shift Needed Usually, you allow events to lead you. Likely, your electronic devices and social media occupy your time and frequently you complain you don't have time to do routine tasks. You have difficult allowing your phone to ring and ignoring it. Besides, you tend to be late for appointments and blame your busyness.

19-24: Average: More Consistency Needed You know you can't manage time and you don't blame a lack of time for poor planning. Most of all you realize you need to work with priorities, but sometimes events pull you in several directions. Nevertheless, you try to focus on goals and plans and not let urgent unimportant tasks lead you.

> 25: Above Average: Continue What You Are Doing Like the previous category, you know the central issue is lifestyle management. You focus on what you can control and try to be on time and be your best as often as possible. You know perfection is unattainable, so you aspire for excellence in all you do.

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