Every one of us puts things off now and then, but there are some of us who perpetually procrastinate at work and at home. If you think you may fall into this category, take this procrastination scale (procrastination quiz) and find out. If you do have it, then you can at least consider how to fight procrastination.
Score each question on a scale from 1 to 5, with "1" equaling "Hardly True" and "5" equaling "Mostly True". Circle a number from 1 to 5 for each question. Add up your score at the end (you can choose 2, 3, or 4, depending on where you feel you land on the scale). Using the scoring system at the end of this procrastination test, you'll be able to tell if you really are a procrastinator.
Procrastination Scale Questions
1) I keep track of my appointments and activities using a planner or calendar. 1 2 3 4 5
2) I put off large projects until the last minute. 1 2 3 4 5
3) I find myself in front of the television or out shopping instead of working on tasks at hand. 1 2 3 4 5
4) I'm drained of my energy when I realize I have allowed tasks on my to-do list to go for a month. 1 2 3 4 5
5) I'll stay up all night just to get a project done (because I've waited too long!) 1 2 3 4 5
6) I'm waiting for just the "right" time to pursue my goals. 1 2 3 4 5
7) I can almost always find a good reason(s) to put off doing something I just don't enjoy doing. 1 2 3 4 5
8) Even though I have the funds, I avoid paying bills during the month.
1 2 3 4 5
9) I wait for a few days or more to respond to phone calls, e-mails, or other correspondence. 1 2 3 4 5
10) I face dirty dishes and laundry on the floor just about every day.
1 2 3 4 5
11) I rarely venture outside of my comfort zone, even if it involves completing a task for work. 1 2 3 4 5
12) I often feel like I'm on a treadmill; running, but getting nowhere fast.
1 2 3 4 5
13) I get cranky when I am under a deadline and don't want to tackle the task. 1 2 3 4 5
Procrastination Scale Scoring System Add up all of your points and see where you fall within the ranges given.
52-65 It's a pretty sure thing – you're very likely a procrastinator. You allow your responsibilities to take second place to other non-related tasks. You often complete things late or you ignore them completely. Too much time is spent zoning out instead of setting goals and pursuing your dreams. You would benefit greatly from spending time with a business coach. A business coach can teach you about setting attainable goals and finding positive ways to beat this habit of procrastinating.
38-51 You're procrastinating more than you think you'd like to, but you're on the verge of becoming a full-fledged procrastinator. Everything that does get done is done just under the wire. You look back at your day or your week and wonder where the time has gone (with very little to show for it). The "every day" tasks seem to take priority over the things that should be a priority. You could help yourself by prioritizing your responsibilities and understanding what is truly important in your life.
24-37 You allow yourself to submit work that is not perfect, because you don't give yourself enough time to complete the task properly. You do get quite a bit accomplished, but your procrastination does inhibit your overall productivity. Look for clues to see how you are procrastinating and make changes in those areas.
10-23 You may find it difficult to tackle a task that is unpleasant or daunting for you, so you procrastinate when it comes to that task or a big project at work. Decide today that you're going to speak positively to yourself when these things come up so you can confidently push away the distractions and not procrastinate.
0-9 You're not a procrastinator. You're motivated, focused, and tend to be a person who others come to depend on to get the job done. You're not big on sitting still or relaxing. Instead of procrastinating, you're very driven and accomplish a lot in many areas of your life, but primarily at work. Congratulations! Go put your feet up for at least a little while and breathe easy for a change.
So, are you a procrastinator? Or do you have something else you'd like to work on to reach closer to your full potential? If so, here's some page to look at:
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