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Is Your Life in Balance?
Work/Life Balance Quiz
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Everyone faces the issue of time management at one point or another, but as more and more people deal with working at one or more jobs, fighting long commutes, managing a household, attending school or other training, raising one or more children, responding to increasing work and time pressures of the shrinking workplace, and dealing with aging parents, the days often seem to last long into the night and vacation and leisure time seem to be consumed with issues other than relaxation and personal fulfillment.

 

In fact, one study of more than 50,000 employees from a variety of manufacturing and service organizations found that two out of every five employees are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and their personal lives. The lack of balance "is due to long work hours, changing demographics, more time in the car, the deterioration of boundaries between work and home, and increased work pressure," says the study's author, Bruce Katcher, president of the Discovery Group, a management consulting firm.

 

How much is work invading your personal life, and how much of your personal life is affected by the stress of trying to balance all the many responsibilities in your life? Take our Work/Life Balance Quiz and see for yourself.

 

Then be sure to review our quick guide for getting some order in your life: 10 Tips for Getting Your Work/Life in Balance.

 

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Directions: Answer true or false to each statement below.

 

  1. I find myself spending more and more time on work-related projects.
    True
    False

     

  2. I often feel I don't have any time for myself -- or for my family and friends.
    True
    False

     

  3. No matter what I do, it seems that often every minute of every day is always scheduled for something.
    True
    False

     

  4. Sometimes I feel as though I've lost sight of who I am and why I chose this job/career.
    True
    False

     

  5. I can't remember the last time I was able to find the time to take a day off to do something fun -- something just for me.
    True
    False

     

  6. I feel stressed out most of the time.
    True
    False

     

  7. I can't even remember the last time I used all my allotted vacation and personal days.
    True
    False

     

  8. It sometimes feels as though I never even have a chance to catch my breath before I have to move on to the next project/crisis.
    True
    False

     

  9. I can't remember the last time I read -- and finished -- a book that I was reading purely for pleasure.
    True
    False

     

  10. I wish I had more time for some outside interests and hobbies, but I simply don't.
    True
    False

     

  11. I often feel exhausted -- even early in the week.
    True
    False

     

  12. I can't remember the last time I went to the movies or visited a museum or attended some other cultural event.
    True
    False

     

  13. I do what I do because so many people (children, partners, parents) depend on me for support.
    True
    False

     

  14. I've missed many of my family's important events because of work-related time pressures and responsibilities.
    True
    False

     

  15. I almost always bring work home with me.
    True
    False

     

      

 

Don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.

 


 

Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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