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How productive are you?

Take our quiz and find out if you’re up to the task when it comes to being productive.

If you want to achieve better results, don’t just get busy, become more productive. 

Iconic American novelist Ernest Hemingway once quipped, “Never mistake motion for action.” Indeed, if you want to be more productive, don’t just get busy putting in more hours. Instead, take a look at how much you actually accomplish in a day, and try to improve your ability to focus on tasks through completion. 

Whether you’re working on a website redesign, filing your income taxes or redecorating your home, by becoming more aware of your productivity and understanding your habits, you’ll find ways to enhance your process. 

Our quiz helps you discover your productivity quotient. 


1. When working or doing household projects, I generally:

A. Keep an organized list of tasks that I check off when I finish them. 

B. Create a list, but often I don’t use it. 

C. Just go with what’s in my head when completing tasks. I don’t write anything down.


2. When I’m engaged in something that I need to concentrate on for a few hours in order to finish, I:

A. Only check emails at a designated time, when I know I can respond to them. I don’t let anything interrupt me when I’m working. 

B. Work for an hour without checking emails, but then I interrupt whatever I’m doing to check email. 

C. Check and read emails as they come in, no matter what I’m doing. I’m obsessed with reading new emails. I don’t mind distractions. 


3. When I need to find an important document, like a birth certificate or a computer document that’s more than a year old, I:  

A. Know where things are filed. I can always find what I need.

B. Can locate it sometimes. Some items are organized, while others are not. 

C. Have to give myself at least an hour or two—my information isn’t very organized. 


4. When I start something, like a book or a home project, I:  

A. Always finish what I start. 

B. Will finish it, although it may take me several weeks or months. 

C. Don’t finish it because I’m often distracted by something else. 


5. If I’m in the middle of a project and I suddenly remember an unrelated task I need to do, I:

A. Jot it down briefly and go back to the task at hand.

B. Might take a few minutes to work on the new task, but I’ll get back to what I was doing a bit later. 

C. Will likely shift gears entirely and start working on the new task. Multitasking is how I work—I have a hard time sticking to just one thing.


6. If I’m working on a task at my desk, for a break, I:

A. Walk or stretch every 90 minutes. 

B. Don’t pay attention to breaks. I keep going until I burn out.

C. Can’t concentrate for longer than 20–30 minutes at a time, so I’m always taking breaks to check Facebook or social media. 


7. Although it varies, when my day is over, I generally: 

A. Feel relaxed and satisfied with how I’ve managed my day. 

B. Am glad to be done, but worried that I wasn’t productive enough.

C. Feel burned out and frustrated—like I need a martini.


8. When I sit down to work on a project, I:

A. Get right to work.

B. Read the day’s news or social media for at least 15 minutes first.

C. Usually just putter for an hour or more. I need wind-up time.


9. When I’m faced with a long task involving paperwork and digesting many documents, I:

A. Use techniques such as skimming and note-taking to identify key points.

B. Start at the beginning and read every word from start to finish.

C. Stare at the wall for a while before I get started, and then start over a few times.


10. Whenever I have a firm deadline for an important project at work or
home, I:

A. Am organized to meet it. I schedule tasks in a way that allows me to complete them on schedule.

B. Procrastinate—I don’t worry about deadlines because I know I can get it done at the last minute, before it’s due.

C. Have a hard time meeting deadlines—everyone knows that about me.