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

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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.