Time Management – 20 Self Reflection Questions

Time management, self discipline, whatever we call it, sometimes we need to take a step back and really look at how our life is taking shape, do you feel constantly overwhelmed, overloaded, and not sure where you are going to get the time to get it all done, why not grab a cuppa and take a few moments to answer the self reflection questions below, and you will quickly identify areas where you can make changes and improve your management of time.

1.     Do I start my day early

What does my morning routine consist of? Do I eat a healthy breakfast and get straight to work? Or do I dilly-dally and waste time on unimportant tasks?

2.     Do I prioritise my tasks

Do I organise my to-do list? When I begin, do I focus on difficult tasks first to get them out of the way, or do I tackle smaller jobs to build momentum? There is no right or wrong way, just as long as I am productive.

3.     Do I use calendars or daily planners

Do I plan what needs to get done? Or do I go through a mad rush at the finish line and miss any deadlines?

4.     Do I set and respect deadlines

Do I hold myself accountable for my deadlines? Do I respect and value my time?

5.     Do I focus on one thing at a time

Am I constantly multi-tasking or do I focus on one task at a time? The truth is that multi-tasking often diminishes my quality of work.

6.     Do I limit distractions

Do I strive to avoid and eliminate all distractions? Do I allow myself to be constantly interrupted by emails, IMs, phone calls, or disruptive noises?

7.     Do I take frequent breaks from difficult tasks

Do I step away from a project to refresh my mind? Or do I try to work even if I’m exhausted? Often I need a mini-break to re-gain my energy and creativity.

8.     Do I set a specific time to check email or return phone calls

Do I set boundaries for routine tasks? Am I limiting disruptions by setting appropriate times for communication with others?

9.     Do I use a timer and set time limits

Do I often lose track of time? If so, perhaps a timer will help me stay on track and avoid procrastination.

10.    Do I outsource or delegate tasks to others

Do I dread certain tasks? Who can I ask for help to get things done?

11.    Do I set reasonable goals

Do I break down tasks into manageable chunks? Or do I try to tackle the impossible?

12.    Do I use my commuting time wisely

Do I sleep on the ride to work? Or do I use my time wisely to catch up on my emails, reading, or work?

13.    Do I use automation and computers to save me time

Are there ways that I can automate repetitive tasks? Can I use templates or web-based tools to help me get things done faster? If I’m unsure how, perhaps I can ask my colleagues or friends for ideas.

14.    Do I reward myself for a job well done

Do I offer myself an incentive for a job well done? Do I work faster and harder when I have something to look forward to?

15.    Do I organise my desk and computer files

Is my desk clear of piles and my computer optimized to find what I need? Or does clutter surround me making it difficult to get things done?

16.    Do I make quick decisions

Am I quick in making decisions? Or do I waste too much time weighing the pros and cons?

17.    Do I choose not to micromanage

Do I lead by example and give people the space they need to get things done? Or am I constantly pressuring myself and others?

18.    Do I say no when needed

Do I take on more than I should? Or am I assertive and say no from time to time?

19.    Do I take advantage of my Prime Time

When I am motivated, do I take immediate action? Or do I let that energy fade as I get distracted by the details?

20.    Do I only allow positive thoughts in my mind

Do I have encouraging thoughts in my mind that help me to focus on getting things done? Or do I get frustrated and discouraged when a challenge springs up?

So how did you do? If you have answered ‘No’ to any of the self reflection questions above download our free ebook and learn how you can ensure that you will answer yes to all questions in the future.

Till next Time

Mike gardner – The Time doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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16 thoughts on “Time Management – 20 Self Reflection Questions

  1. I probably go to bed too late and don’t get up early enough!
    Your tips made me think a great deal!

  2. These are great time-management tips, Mike. I like how you phrased them as questions – it really made me think of how I can implement more of these into my schedule.

  3. what a great set of questions… I was happily in denial about my dreadful time management skills until I read this… better pull my socks up!

  4. Each of these are so important. I especially like the first one, because it’s how you start your day that sets the intention for it going forward. I am always an early riser, mostly because I am more productive first thing and I have to walk the dog! Great set of questions, could do with that on my wall at home 🙂
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