time and productivity

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: 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.