Are you finding it difficult to simply keep up with your work schedule leaving you, your daily chores, and family on the back burner?  Maybe setting some priorities, a little delegation, and a pinch of organization just might be the plan. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus.

 

Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

 

True  False

 

m   m  1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

m   m  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

m   m  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

m   m  4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

m   m  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 

 

m   m  6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, visiting a museum, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

 

m   m  7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 

 

m   m  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

m   m  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful. 

 

m   m  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 

m   m  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.

 

m   m  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

m   m  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

m   m  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

m   m  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

m   m  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

 

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation if you’d like to explore this issue further.

 

Curt Canada is a Leadership and Personal Development Coach and Consultant in Washington, (Glover Park) DC. He has a recent new business webpage at http://www.adapting2Change.com

 

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