Helping your clients identify their personal time management style
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As a professional organizer, you know that time management and organization are very closely connected. A client who hires you to organize their space will nearly always end up spending less time finding things and putting them away. However, when a client needs help specifically with time management, the Organizing Assessment Questions I suggested last week will not be as relevant.
Whether you use personality type or not, the following questions will help you and your clients to understand their time management strengths and challenges.
Time Management Assessment Questions
- Are you more productive when you work alone or with others?
- Are you good at estimating in advance how much time tasks will take?
- Does perfectionism keep you from completing tasks in a timely manner?
- Are you easily distracted?
- Do you work best by making a list, setting priorities, and sticking with them, or by just getting started and working on several tasks at once?
- Do you tend to take on more than you can handle?
- Do you get more excited about starting a new project, or about completing a project?
- Does your calendar system work well for you?
- Do you forget about meetings and other appointments?
- Do you forget about birthdays and other special events?
- What causes you to procrastinate?
- Do you make time to relax and enjoy life, or focus more on getting things done and being productive?
- What is your reaction when unexpected events interfere with your plans?
- Which of your current strategies are working well?
- What are your biggest challenges or weaknesses in terms of time management?
Your client’s answers to these questions will usually be influenced directly by their personality type, as described in the previous posts in this series.
What other questions do you ask during a time management or productivity assessment?