Quiz: Discover Your Pause Style

23 Apr

Whether you’re flowing forward or leaning back, we all have our personal disposition when it comes to tackling a project. But what about that grounding moment before the action ignites? I’m talking about the pause.

Pausing is essential for more than feeling calm  – it’s about tapping into yourself, finding answers, charging up. But are you getting the most out of your pauses?

Here’s a fun & quick quiz to reflect on your pause style.

1. You’ve received a logo from a designer to whom you’re paying big bucks, and are depending upon this design to capture your vision. You open their email and click on the proof. It’s horrible! Frustration is welling up inside and you hit the ‘return’ button on the email. Then you:

A) Write back to the designer and fire them. Clearly they aren’t able to meet your needs.

B) Write back to the designer asking for a meeting – you’d like to revisit the brand and vision as this logo doesn’t capture these aspects.

C) Decide to discard the email and move to another job. You don’t have time for this nonsense.

D) Stop yourself from writing and take another look at the logo. How does it reflect the conversations you’ve had with the designer?

E) Sigh as you close the email, and turn to  your colleague to express how the designer completely missed the point.

2. You’ve just presented  your ‘big idea’ to your team and received a flood of feedback on the project. Leaving the conference room with your papers and objectives, you:

A) Rush to your desk and get started on the work. They loved it! And you’re pumped to get going.

B) Return to your desk and think over their comments. How do their perspectives compliment or change your vision?

C) Go to the coffee shop for a quick mid-day break. You just got through a big moment, you deserve this reward.

D) Corner your best office-friend and run over the presentation highs and lows. What was their perspective? Did they like your idea?

E) Rush to your desk and put aside the presentation. You’ve got a meeting in ten minutes with a client, and you need to quickly prepare.

3. It’s Monday morning and you’re back from a vacation down south. Opening your inbox, you have over 1000 unopened emails. You:

A) Quietly curse and wish you’d taken two weeks of vacation instead of one.

B) Instant message your friend about the number of emails in your inbox.

C) Dive in and start opening: responding, deleting and forwarding as required.

D) Scan the emails for whichever looks most important, then move on with your other work.

E) Plan one leisurely hour of your day to sort through these emails. Anything unopened can wait.

Add your scores:

1. A (4), B (2), C (5), D (1), E (3)

2. A (4), B (2), C (1), D (3), E (5)

3. A (4), B (3), C (2), D (4), E (3)

Pause style scale

The slow pause: You need time and space before taking on a challenge. This can be an asset when cooling down from stressful situations, but watch out because it can also mean you reduce productivity or procrastinate too often.  (3-4)

The careful pause: You are meticulous in your approach and don’t let the details slide. Managing tasks as they arise, they form a type of ‘to do’ list in your mind. This is great for getting a job done, but careful: this A-Z approach may not leave room for creative inspirations and sidetracks. (5-7)

The social pause: Your pause is based in the company and feedback of others. Why look into yourself when other people make great sounding boards? You interact well within a team, but don’t forget to trust yourself to follow-through on those gut instincts. (8-10)

The emotive pause: Your moment of ‘pause’ is actually a reflection of whatever emotion is currently ruling your body. Whether good or bad, that emotion is dictating your actions. This is great for genuinely expression how you feel about a situation, but can lead to abrupt decisions or missing details.  (11-12)

The busy pause: What? Stop? With a million things to do there’s hardly time to stop and reconnect with your team, let alone take time to be quiet and think about ‘why I feel this way?’ This go-for-it attitude is great in high-demand fields, but what is being neglected in exchange for this hyper-productivity? (13-15)

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