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.




  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’.


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.


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.


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.



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


The first and most important step is admitting to ourselves when we are stressed, hopefully last week’s exercises will have helped you to see more easily whether you are stressed. Admitting we are stressed can often be difficult in our society which promotes a busy lifestyle. How many programmes on TV have you seen featuring ‘essential’ festive events and activities we simply cannot, and should not, miss? When being busy is the norm, admitting we are stressed can seem like announcing we cannot cope with the demands of daily life, but this is not entirely the case. Usually those of us that suffer from stress have chosen to take on what others would not and, consequently, have been burdened with demands that are unmanageable given the resources available to us.



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


It’s December and the festive season is upon us once again. Ahead of us lay hours of rushing through shops trying to mark off items from our seemingly endless shopping lists, barging through the crowds on our way. And then there are the party invites flooding into our inbox, several of these falling on the same night and all – without fail – impossible to decline less our friendships be strained forevermore. Add to this the torrent of cookery shows impressing upon us the urgent need to be a Michelin Star chef come Christmas day and no wonder the season fills us with an overwhelming sense of stress.


Recalling last Christmas it was clear I was stressed, I had just finished planning my parents honeymoon and was completely burnt out. At the time I was aware I wasn’t myself but, in the depths of my stress, I just saw a seemingly endless to do list which absolutely had to be done – whether I was up to it or not. It’s often so easy to recognise when we have been stressed in the past, but what do we do when we are in the midst of it? How can we learn to recognise what to look out for and react accordingly to reduce it?


HIGHLIGHTS: How to Avoid a Negative Downward Spiral by Using the Power of Positivity Part Four


This week is the grand finale where we see what practical steps we can take to adopt a more positive outlook!


Steps to foster a positive outlook:


I have outlined what actions I took to eradicate my negative mindset and create a positive outlook, so that you too can increase your positivity and happiness.




HIGHLIGHTS: How to Avoid a Negative Downward Spiral by Using the Power of Positivity Part Three


This week we continue to explore the 8 key gains of adopting a positive outlook.


The 8 gains of a positive outlook:


5.       Positivity sees failure as opportunities to learn and grow. Any possible failures are seen as learning curves which can help us to see where we went wrong and enable us to adjust our future approach to goals, situations or problems accordingly.


6.      Critically, positive people focus on finding solutions to problems rather than negative people who can be more myopic and focus on the problem itself without a wider, outcome focussed approach.


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