How Productive Are You, Really?

A self-assessment inventory.

Posted Mar 19, 2016

Quinn D0mbrowski, CC 2.0
Source: Quinn D0mbrowski, CC 2.0

Recently, I offered a self-assessment inventory, "How Benevolent Are You, Really?" 

Here is a self-assessment inventory about another component of the life well-led: productivity.

Some people assert that the life well-led is about the pursuit of happiness. But a person might be happy with a life dominated by video games, eating, and sitcoms.Yet that would hardly be a life well-led. Productivity is important.

Amid the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we too rarely step back to examine the big picture of how productive we're actually being.

So, to that end, I developed this brief self-assessment to help you decide whether you want to be more or less productive in your paid work, your unpaid productivity outside the home, and your unpaid productivity in the home.

PAID WORK

1. On average, how many hours per week are you actually doing productive work related to your paid work. Include work you do at home for your job, for example, job-related reading or writing. Also include a second job if you have one. Don't count unproductive work time, for example, when you're staring at your computer but can't make yourself focus. Also don't count volunteer or domestic in-home productivity. You'll self-appraise those later.

  • A) More than 50 hours a week.
  • B) 40 to 50 hours a week
  • C) 30 to 40 hours a week
  • D) 20 to 30 hours a week.
  • E) 10 to 20 hours a week
  • F) Fewer than 10 hours a week

2. Compared with your coworkers on your paid job(s,) rate the average quantity of  work you produce?

  • A) Well above average
  • B) Somewhat above average
  • C) Somewhat below average
  • D) Well below average

3. Compared with your coworkers on your paid job(s,) rate the average quality of the work you produce?

  • A) Well above average
  • B) Somewhat above average
  • C) Somewhat below average
  • D) Well below average

4. Compared with your coworkers on your paid job(s,) rate how beneficial to society the work you do is?

  • A) Well above average
  • B) Somewhat above average
  • C) Somewhat below average
  • D) Well below average

UNPAID PRODUCTIVITY OUTSIDE THE HOME

5. On average, how many hours per week are you actually doing productive work related to your unpaid work, for example, at a nonprofit, religious institution, helping a friend or relative with an task but not socializing or recreating.

  • A) More than 40 hours a week
  • B) 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • C) 20 to 30 hours a week
  • D) 10 to 20 hours a week.
  • E)  5 to 10 a week
  • F) Fewer than 5 hours a week

6. Rate how beneficial your volunteer efforts are to individuals plus ripple effects on society?

  • A) Very beneficial
  • B) Moderately
  • C) Modestly
  • D) Minimally

UNPAID PRODUCTIVITY IN THE HOME

7. On average, how many hours per week are you being productive at home: parenting, helping family members, cooking, cleaning, necessary shopping, etc.?

  • A) More than 40 hours a week
  • B) 30 to 40 hours a week.
  • C) 20 to 30 hours a week
  • D) 10 to 20 hours a week.
  • E) 5 to 10 hours a week.
  • F) Fewer than 5 hours a week

The takeaway

So now, review your answers. Do you want to change how productive you are? How might you do so?

Marty Nemko's new book, his 8th, is The Best of Marty Nemko.