Ever wonder how strong your time-management skills are?
Read these statements and grade yourself on a 1-5 scale (with a 1 meaning never and a 5 meaning
all the time) and add them up once you’re finished.
- Prioritizing tasks. Throughout the day, I’m working on tasks that are high-priority or important enough that I should handle them.
- Working ahead. I’m fanatical about finishing projects and tasks well ahead of deadline and not waiting until the 11th hour.
- Scheduling. Whenever possible, I slot in time for planning and scheduling pressing duties.
- Handling distractions. I’ve got ways of controlling interruptions so they don’t disturb my preferred work flow.
- Planning for the unexpected. My work day is scheduled so that if a last-minute request comes up, either I or a staffer can make time for it.
- Determining a task’s value. I can immediately assess whether a task is high, medium or low priority.
- Dealing with stress. Most days I’m not stressed out. On the other hand, some stress some of the time isn’t a bad thing.
- 28-35 points: You’re a very good time-manager. You prioritize well and even carve out time in your schedule for “surprises.”
- 15-27: There’s room for improvement, but you’re having success in some areas.
- 14 and below: Time-management is likely a struggle for you.