What does your work-at-home LIFESTYLE say about you? Are you a Lazy Susan or a Workaholic Wanda? And how do your daily decisions impact your home and business lives? Take this fun quiz and find out -- then see if there are some changes you can make to IMPROVE things. Choose the letter that comes closest to your answer.
WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING?
a. I'm up BEFORE the rest of the family, before the sunrise.
b. I sleep a solid eight hours a night.
c. I sleep in, that's what SNOOZE buttons are for.
d. I'm STILL not awake.
WHAT TYPE OF DESK DO YOU HAVE?
a. An ANTIQUE roll top.
b. An elegant Queen Anne desk.
c. My desk is an old DOOR propped on two file cabinets.
d. I just work where I can clear enough SPACE off the table.
HOW IS YOUR WORKSPACE ARRANGED?
a. "A PLACE for everything and everything in its place".
b. My desk looks like it's been hit by a TORNADO.
c. It's not super neat, but I can eventually FIND what I need.
d. When I'm BUSY it gets messy, but I clean up as I have time.
DO YOU GET DRESSED EACH WORK DAY?
a. Yes, FIRST thing in the morning. I do my hair and makeup too.
b. I get dressed, then get some WORK done before I go out.
c. I usually get dressed sometime before noon.
d. I might be dressed by DINNERTIME, you never know.
WHAT METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DO YOU PREFER?
a. EMAIL, fast and easy.
b. TELEPHONE, I love to talk on the phone!
c. Snail MAIL, I'm an old-fashioned gal.
d. Face to face, I need to look you in the EYE.
HOW DO YOU DRESS EACH DAY?
a. Jeans and a T-shirt, that's my uniform.
b. Business attire is important to my IMAGE.
c. Sweats, I have to be COMFORTABLE.
d. CASUAL dresses and skirts -- dressy, but not too formal.
HOW PRODUCTIVE ARE YOUR DAYS?
a. I'm lucky if I get anything done, with all the INTERRUPTIONS.
b. I can keep things under CONTROL, unless a problem hits.
c. On my good days, I get a lot done.
d. I'm a business MACHINE -- watch me go!
HOW MUCH TV DO YOU WATCH DURING THE WORK DAY?
a. It's NEVER off.
b. I have to watch my soaps, after that I turn it off.
c. It's off all day, but I watch programs at NIGHT with my family.
d. I never watch, but my CHILDREN are glued to it all day.
e. I don't HAVE a television.
WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE IN YOUR HOME?
a. In the laundry room or spare closet.
b. The DINING room table is my office.
c. It's in a corner of my BEDROOM.
d. I have a SEPARATE room for my office.
e. No office, my work is SPREAD all over the house.
WHEN WILL YOUR BUSINESS BE A SUCCESS?
a. When the BILL collectors stop calling.
b. When I reach a goal, I RAISE the bar.
c. When I reach the GOALS I've set, I'll know I've "made it."
d. HAPPINESS is success.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXERCISE HABITS?
a. I walk to the CAR and back every day, that's about it.
b. I usually workout at HOME once or twice a week.
c. I wouldn't miss my regular aerobics CLASS at the club.
d. I "Sweat to the Oldies" every day in my family room.
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ WAS?
a. Book? What's a book?
b. A great SELF-HELP book, recommended by Oprah.
c. A mystery NOVEL.
d. A BUSINESS advice book.
Question 1: a=4, b=3, c=2, d=1
Question 2: a=3, b=4, c=2, d=1
Question 3: a=4, b=1, c=2, d=3
Question 4: a=4, b=3, c=2, d=1
Question 5: a=4, b=1, c=2, d=3
Question 6: a=2, b=4, c=1, d=3
Question 7: a=1, b=3, c=2, d=4
Question 8: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=1, e=4
Question 9: a=2, b=2, c=3, d=4, e=1
Question 10: a=1, b=4, c=3, d=2
Question 11: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4
Question 12: a=1, b=3, c=2, d=4
Now TOTAL your points and find your business PERSONALITY below.
12 - 18 POINTS -- LAZY SUSAN
No one will accuse you of being overly ambitious. You would rather not work at all, but the bills do have to be paid. You would love a job that pays well for MINIMAL work. If only you could win the lottery. Watch out for scams, you may be particularly vulnerable. You might also consider setting up some SYSTEMS to make the work you have to do a bit easier.
19 - 26 POINTS -- SWEET SALLY
You're a creative type who doesn't like to be bothered with DETAILS. You tend to make your business decisions with your heart rather than your head. You have a ton of great ideas, but have trouble seeing them through to completion. Consider a business PARTNERSHIP with a friend (and you have lots of them) who is more detailed oriented. You need someone who can help break your ideas into practical and concrete steps, find the resources you need, and see each step through to completion.
27 - 34 POINTS -- BALANCED BETSY
You enjoy your work-at-home job and love the fact that it gives you more TIME to be with your children. As soon as you can afford it, you'll hire a housekeeper. You're on the right track, stay focused and you'll do well. COACHING might be a way to help you be more clear about your specific business goals, and move toward those goals a bit faster.
35 - 42 POINTS -- HAPPY HARRIET
You take your business life seriously, but you like to have FUN too. Your friends are amazed by your energy. Your family is important to you and even on your busiest days you treasure reading bedtime stories and tucking the little ones in at night. You will reach your business GOALS soon.
43 - 48 POINTS -- WORKAHOLIC WANDA
You are DRIVEN to succeed. You would continue working even if you won the lottery tomorrow. But you do tend to be controlling and tense at times, and you have little patience when things aren't going your way. Give yourself some time off to relax and have a little fun. And don't forget the most IMPORTANT things in life -- health, family, friends, and happiness.
Cheryl Demas creates a weekly column for Work At Home Moms, publishes the WAHM.com Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms, and is the host of The WAHM.COM Show on WorldTalkRadio.com. She lives with her husband and two daughters in California and in her free time she fantasizes about what it would be like to have free time. You may visit her website at www.wahm.com or contact her at [email protected].
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