HIGHLIGHTS: Hobbies and Interests Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your hobbies and interests life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies? (Participating in team sports, photography, bird watching)
  2. Do you have any interests? (Science, psychology, reading fiction)
  3. Do you actively seek to try out new hobbies if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have hobbies = 10, Don’t have hobbies and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have hobbies and seek new ones out = 10)
  4. Do you actively seek to try out new interests if you don’t have any? (Scoring: Already have interests = 10, Don’t have interests and don’t seek new ones out = 1, Don’t have interests and seek new ones out = 10)
  5. Do you enjoy your hobbies without thinking about the outcome of the activity?
  6. Do you ever get frustrated by your hobbies or interests in terms of your progress? (Reverse scoring: All the time = 1, Never = 10)
  7. Do your hobbies get you in an immersive state?
  8. Do your interests get you in an immersive state?
  9. How fun are your hobbies to you?
  10. How fun are your interests to you?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

 

Do you have many hobbies and interests?

 

Are your hobbies and interests fun and enjoyable, immersive even?

 

If the answer to either of these questions is no you may want to look at browsing www.tasterlab.com which has a huge selection of hobbies and interests that even the most selective of us would love.

 

Do you have too many hobbies? Would you like to develop more interests? Are you frustrated that you never seem to have enough time to pursue your hobbies and interests (see time and productivity questionnaire posted Tuesday 19th January).. Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Body and Health Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your body and health life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you do any form of exercise?
  2. If you don’t like exercise have you taken time to find a form of exercise that you enjoy?
  3. Do you exercise a minimum of two to three times a week?
  4. Do you have a good body image regardless of your weight? (I got a good body image by remembering my looks was the least important thing about me)
  5. Do you eat your five fruit and vegetable servings each day and drink plenty of water?
  6. Do you have a set number of calories you try to stick to each day and do you usually stick within your allowance? (Scoring: No = 1, Yes = 5, Yes and always stick to it = 10)
  7. Do you exercise more if you go out for junk food?
  8. Do you have a skincare regime?
  9. Do you ever treat yourself to face masks, massages or hair treatments?
  10. Do you feel your health and body could be improved upon? (Reverse scoring: Not at all = 10, Yes completely = 1)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Could you eat healthier?

 

Could you exercise more?

 

Could you be more disciplined with your skincare regime, nails and hair treatments?

 

If the answer to any of these questions is yes you may want to consider finding what type of exercise suits you best, what fruit and vegetables you most enjoy and / or putting an alarm in your phone to remind you of your skin, hair and nail beauty treatments.

 

If you would like to read a more in depth article on body and health please read my article titled ‘New Year, New You – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being’ which examines the different types of exercise people find enjoyable and top tips to maintain a healthy diet.

 

Do you consider yourself to be healthy? Do you have any health or beauty hacks of your own which make light work of sometimes mundane tasks? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: Time and Productivity Questionnaire

 

 

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for the time and productivity life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

  1. Do you use a diary?
  2. Do you set out your weekly schedule in advance?
  3. Do you frequently get at least 80% of what you plan to do on any given day done?
  4. Do you schedule in time for admin and budgeting?
  5. Do you schedule time for friends and family?
  6. Do you schedule time for relaxation?
  7. Do you schedule time for hobbies and interests?
  8. Do you schedule time for exercise?
  9. Do you spend your free time partly improving yourself by reading, doing courses etc?
  10. Do you spend idle time (in queues or public transport, for example) being productive? (e.g. I read my bible app)

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Do you strategically plan how you are going to spend your time?

 

Do you feel productive most days?

 

Do you have a good work / life balance which is maintained by scheduling in time for fun and relaxation?

 

If you answered no to any of these questions or the questionnaire questions  made you realize that the way you spent your time wasn’t balanced I would strongly advise you buy a diary and schedule your time more strategically.

 

If you would like to look at time management and productivity in more depth please read my article titled ‘Personal Productivity – How to Achieve in Record-Breaking Time’.

 

Do you own a diary? Do you plan out how you are going to spend your time during any given day? How organized would you say you are? If you don’t consider yourself organized how does this effect you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Finances Audit Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your finances life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

Finances

 

  1. Do you have financial goals? (i.e. pay off debt, save for holiday, join a pension scheme?)
  2. Have you achieved any of your financial goals in the past?
  3. Do you have a monthly budget and do you stick to it?
  4. Do you have enough money to pay your bills?
  5. Do you frequently spend more than you make? (Reverse scoring: 1 = always overspend 10 = never overspend)
  6. Do you have debt and are you paying it off?
  7. Do you have at least six months worth of living costs saved up as an emergency fund? (Scoring: no savings = 1, one month = 2, two months = 3, loads of savings = 10)
  8. Do you earn enough money to save?
  9. Do you have a pension you contribute to?
  10. Do you think you use your money wisely for the future?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Answering the following questions will help you to get crystal clear on what a perfect ten score for your work would look like in reality.

 

Have you checked what your credit score is and if not have you considered finding out through Experion? Once you know your credit score you could seek advice on how to improve your rating!

 

Do you have a monthly budget for the upcoming year? Do you have financial goals for the upcoming year? If not to either I would highly recommend doing so in order to gain forward momentum and direction with regards to your finances.

 

Do you know where your money goes each month and if not have you considered recording your spending?

 

Do you struggle to stick to your budget and if so have you considered working with cash only and placing money into labeled envelopes each month to eliminate over spending?

 

Are you satisfied you are saving enough and using your money wisely? Do you have a budget and do you stick to it? Did you find the questionnaire helpful? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Work Audit Questionnaire

One of the easiest ways to do a life audit is to just ask yourself ten questions for each area of your life and then give yourself a score to find out how to rate yourself.

 

Below I’ve outlined ten questions for your work life area so you can easily assess where you’re currently at – simply give yourself a score out of ten for each question with one being awful and ten being excellent, with no room for improvement.

 

Work

 

  1. How fulfilled are you day to day at work?
  2. Do you like the amount of variety or sameness / predictability in your work days?
  3. How much do you like the people that you work with overall?
  4. Do you feel motivated to perform well?
  5. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your workload? (Reverse scoring, i.e.: always = 1, never = 10)
  6. Does your work challenge you so you feel you are stretching yourself and developing new skills?
  7. Do you feel you are being paid enough for your contribution to the company?
  8. Is there a limit to how far you can climb up the career path and if so does it limit you? (Scoring: limited career path and not happy = 1, limited career path but happy with it = 10, no limit on career advancement = 10)
  9. Are you happy with how much vacation time you receive?
  10. Does your job promote a good work / life balance?

 

Now add up your total score. Below is the scoring key:

 

1-10       =             1 mark out of 10 (poor)

11-20     =             2 marks out of 10

21-30     =             3 marks out of 10

31-40     =             4 marks out of 10

41-50     =             5 marks out of 10

51-60     =             6 marks out of 10

61-70     =             7 marks out of 10

71-80     =             8 marks out of 10

81-90     =             9 marks out of 10

91-100   =             10 marks out of 10 (amazing)

 

Crystal Clear Questions

 

Answering the following questions will help you to get crystal clear on what a perfect ten score for your work would look like in reality.

Would you like more of a work / life balance? Are you able to leave your work at work? If you don’t have a good work / life balance would you be open to earning less in favor of more free time or less responsibility?

 

Would you like to be more or less busy at work? What types of jobs or types of companies would offer this?

 

Given your experience and location, what is the current industry rate for your career? Does your current salary reflect the industry rate? What would you like to be on moving forward? How could you negotiate a pay rise?

 

Do you have enough vacation time? Is this something you could negotiate moving forwards or would you like to seek alternative work which offers more time off?

 

Have you ever done a work life area audit? Did you use my questionnaire? Did the questions help you to assess how satisfied you are with your work life? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

HIGHLIGHTS: Don’t Know Where to Begin? Try my Life Audit Questionnaires!

For those of you at a loss as to how to accurately assess what to score yourself in each of the eight key life areas there’s no need to worry. In the upcoming posts there will be questionnaires for each section so all you need to do is answer the questions, add your total up and hey presto, you have your score.

 

All that’s left is to get crystal clear on what a perfect ten score would mean for you. Would you earn more money in your job, if so how much? Would you contact your friends more often? Etc. And just for you I’ve also given some key questions for you to ask yourself which will help you discover what a perfect ten would look like.

 

Stay tuned – next Tuesday is the first of the coming questionnaires so have a pen and paper handy!

 

Do you already have an idea what you will score yourself in each of the eight key life audit areas? Will you be using my questionnaires? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, our community would love to hear from you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part Three

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we explored the areas of work, finances and time and productivity in our life audit. This week we look at body and health, hobbies and interests and relaxation.

 

4) Body and Health

 

One of the first things I did was to accept that I was not happy with my weight or health. I scored myself at a three out of ten in this area.

 

After brainstorming different ways to improve my health I went on a detox and gave up drinking. For my body I decided to eat healthier and went to a dieting club and lost weight.  As my health became more important to me I started running and created a goal to complete a 5k charity race which I ran this past year.

 

For more on creating meaningful goals following your life audit, I strongly recommend reading ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’ and, should you wish to look at diet and exercise in more depth, read ‘New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being’.

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HIGHLIGHTS: How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part Two

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we explored the process of conducting a life audit and its resultant benefits. This week we explore the areas of work, finances and time and productivity.

 

1) Work

 

When I did my first life audit at twenty nine, I was an out of work housewife who was entering into a divorce. Nearing thirty I was increasingly career driven and even although I knew I needed a job, in truth I wanted to build a career. Like anyone conducting a life audit, I had to realise the incongruity between where I was and where I wanted to be. I therefore scored my work life at a zero out of ten.

 

I set about brainstorming possible career paths and came up with several options. I would later choose the most engaging option from my list, and begin moulding my career aspirations into a tangible, step by step goal.

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HIGHLIGHTS: How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part One

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

For many years I lived by default. I tended to neither plan ahead nor set goals. I was directed by the winds of change and whichever direction the wind blew was where I ended up, completely by chance. When I was twenty nine that all changed. Anxious about turning thirty, I decided to face my fear of failure and be brutally honest about how far away I was from realising my dreams.

 

Although it was a difficult process, this wasn’t by any means a morbid endeavour – quite the contrary – it was inspired by my desire to fulfil my dreams. I knew that in order to achieve what I wanted I first needed to be honest about where I was, so I could navigate myself to where I wanted to be. I then brainstormed what I might want to accomplish, acquiring as many different ideas as possible.

 

I soon called how I took stock of my achievements and imagined my possible future accomplishments, a life audit. This process has served me so well that I now conduct one at the beginning of every New Year, to help me evaluate where I am, and consciously think about what I might want to unfold in the year ahead.

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HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Tis the season to be stressed – How to leave stress behind you for good; Part Three

 

Last week we looked at decreasing our demands. This week we focus on the fun bit – how we can increase our resources. This is just as essential when tackling stress, as it helps us to gain a more objective and balanced perspective. When our resources are high we are more likely to see the situation for what it is and this can reduce our tendency to enter into a heightened fight, flight or freeze response. There are many positive ways we can actively increase our resources. For instance, if I am stressed at work an early nights sleep will greatly increase my resistance to stress the following day. Unsurprisingly, lack of sleep can significantly increase our stress levels and so it is vital that we make sleep a priority when we are stressed. An early night or a lay in over the weekend can make a vast difference and improve our resources tenfold.

 

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