GTD Assessment

Do you frequently feel overwhelmed, stressed, or out of control? Our research shows that reducing stress and increasing focus have little to do with how much you have going on and everything to do with how you manage everything going on.

Take the first step toward improving your productivity skills by completing the self-assessment below. This twenty-question quiz reveals your tendencies when it comes to managing your workflow and provides some tips for improvement.

1. I sometimes lose track of things I need to do, because I failed to write them down or record them.

2. When assignments come in, I don’t always capture them on paper, on my calendar, or anywhere.

3. I don’t always document my To-Dos and tasks, and this causes me to forget that I need to do them.

4. At times, I feel stressed because I know there are things I need to do, but I can’t remember what they are.

5. Sometimes I glance at an email, feel a bit overwhelmed, and leave it for later.

6. It’s not uncommon for me to revisit an email multiple times because I haven’t taken the time to fully decide what to do with it.

7. I often scan through all my emails looking for the ones that seem urgent or important, and leave the others for later.

8. My inbox has become more of a storage bin than a place where things come and are quickly resolved.

9. Sometimes I’m startled by my calendar notifications, because they pop up when I am doing other things.

10. At home, I find myself worrying about the things I need to remember to do the next day at work.

11. I have trouble letting go of To-Dos, because I’m not fully confident I’ll remember them or be reminded of them at the right time.

12. I regularly stress over remembering important tasks or events.

13. I often feel as if I’m working really hard, but not getting the important jobs completed.

14. It’s common for me to feel overly busy, and yet uneasy about whether I’m getting the right stuff done.

15. I often worry about the priorities I’m not working on, even though I’m putting in a lot of hours and getting a lot done.

16. I’m working as hard as I can, but there are times when I’m troubled that I might not be working on the right priorities.

17. At least once a week, I take time to pause, clear my mind, update my accomplishments, and take stock of where I stand.

18. I regularly review the connection (or lack of connection) between my daily tasks and my high-level priorities.

19. Every few days I step back and evaluate the connection between my actions and my long-term goals.

20. I regularly take time to consider my longer-term goals.