Just How Organized Are You? Take This Quiz For Individuals
The Productive Environment Scorecard?
Read the statements below and rate your reactions to each pair of phrases. Decide where you rate on the scale from 1 (You rate yourself low) to 10 (You rate yourself high).
1. I waste lots of time looking for papers I need.
2. I waste lots of time looking for electronic information I need.
3. I would be terrified if I were notified or an impending audit.
4. I do not have enough space in my office.
5. I do not have a good system for managing articles/resources.
6. I do not have a systematic method for purging outdated materials.
7. I have not identified what information (email, paper and electronic files) I should keep for historical purposes.
8. I do not use my time planner (calendar, Palm, etc.) effectively.
9. I do not have a system for managing work in progress.
10. I am often late completing my projects.
11. My office does not reflect the quality of service I provide.
12. My daily life does not reflect the quality of life I want to live.
If you scored: 108-120 Congratulations! Let HPI know if you want a job! 61-107 You're on the right track, but there's room for improvement. 37-60 Disaster could be ahead if changes not made soon! 36 or less Get help immediately!
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© Barbara Hemphill is the author of Kiplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger at Work and Taming the Paper Tiger at Home and co-author of Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever. The mission of Hemphill Productivity Institute is to help individuals and organizations create and sustain a productive environment so they can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. We do this by organizing space, information, and time. We can be reached at 800-427-0237 or at www.ProductiveEnvironment.com
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