This time management check up is part of a 100-questions 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; howvever, they arose after years dealing with couples of different races, cultures, and situations, and results proved reliable.
|Quick Personal Effectiveness Self Assessment Checklist||No or Rarely = 1||Sometimes = 2||Often = 3|
|1. Do you have a Life Goal (a personal mission statement, written or not) that guides everything you do?|
|2. Do you work with other goals?|
|3. Do you work with plans supporting 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, which includes meetings and items you plan to do from your to do list that day?|
|7. During weekdays, do you work with priorities and so you 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?|
Usually, you you allow events to lead you. Likely, your electronic devices and social media occupy your time and frquently 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.
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.
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.