Are you on good terms, or are you mostly at odds?
For this post, I thought I’d change things up a bit with a five-question quiz.
You may already have an inkling of where you fall in the time awareness spectrum, but after taking this quiz you might just be surprised at how you are approaching your time…
How Aware of Time are You?
1. How long does it take for you to walk from your office to the nearest post office?
A. Five and half minutes or five minutes 10 seconds if I’m in super comfortable shoes.
B. About five minutes.
C. As long as it takes me to leave the office to get there.
2. A friend tells you they’re throwing a party in two weeks’ time and they need help with planning and food shopping. When do you start planning and shopping?
A. Today. There’s no time like the present.
B. Preliminary meeting this week, go shopping next week a few days before the party.
C. The day of the party.
3. How would you describe your relationship with time?
A. Great! I make use out of every single minute and second I can.
B. Good. I’m comfortable with my schedule, I make regular appointments and make adjustments as needed.
C. Not too good. Time always seems to fly by and I’m always fighting it.
4. How do you know when it is close to your regular bedtime?
A. I look at the clock.
B. I start feeling sleepy.
C. Regular bedtime? I don’t know, I just go to sleep.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CALENDAR.
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5. It’s 1pm on a Tuesday. You have to drive across town for a meeting at 3pm. It normally takes you 30 minutes to make the trip, only there is some heavy traffic which will add another 30 minutes to your trip. At what time do you leave home?
A. 1:30pm, I want to make sure I will be able to get to my destination on time.
B. 2pm. I like being prepared.
C. 2:40pm. I’ll just just drive and deal with the traffic.
Mostly A’s – Clock Watcher
You’ve got your schedule and calendar under control, but you might be stressing yourself out in the process. Not everything has to be done right now and you don’t always have to have an eye on the clock. Consider taking a time break and let yourself experience life without having to closely follow the clock.
Mostly B’s – Time Lord
You’ve got a good grasp of time. Not only do you manage your time with a calm and practical attitude, you also know that it takes time to make time, and it takes time for things to happen. You’re not rushed and are happy to live in the moment, while thoughtfully planning for the future. Keep up the good work!
Mostly C’s – In Time Denial
What time is it anyways? While it can be helpful to have a footloose and fancy-free attitude to time, too much freedom can wreak havoc with your personal and professional life. If you’re having trouble managing your time, don’t try to make broad sweeping changes to your schedule; start small. Make a point to arrive to your next appointment on time, set a timer as you work, or block time out for you to complete tasks.
How about you? How did you score in this mini-quiz? What changes are you going to make to your approach towards time? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!