Elance Time Management Test Answers



Which activity would belong in the category of "not urgent, but important?"

Busywork
Planning
Interruptions
Crises

 

 

The ideal management strategy for decision making is:

Managing the decision-making process, not individual decisions.
Managing individual decisions, not the decision-making process.
Trusting sub-ordinates to make the best decisions with no oversight.
Making all decisions one's self.

 

 

ABC analysis ranks each task on the basis of:

Importance and urgency
Value only
Importance only
Importance and value

 

 

Top-tier talent will attempt to avoid assignments that are:

Not urgent
Not important

 

 

Employees who spend most of their time on tasks that are urgent but not important will likely eventually experience:

Balance
A sense of control
Challenges seeing the long-term picture
Vision

 

 

In the workplace, the relationship between time management and stress is:

indirect: one can impact the other, but it is not clear how.
direct: challenges in one area will impact the other negatively, as well as the other way around.
one-directional: poor time management can cause stress, not the other way around.
one-directional: excellent time management can cause stress, but not the other way around.

 

 

How might a creative manager deal with employee stress?

by redecorating that employee's work space as a surprise
an unusual assignment that requires a change of scenery
by communicating less frequently
by leaving that employee alone until he or she recovers composure

 

 

When is the ideal time to submit an application to a job or project?

As close to the deadline as possible– this shows that all pains have been taken to be sure the application is perfect.
Far enough from the posting to show that time and attention have been invested in the process; far enough from the deadline to show that things were not left until the last minute.
Employers or managers take no note of such things.
As close to the posting time as possible– this shows enthusiasm and preparedness.

 

 

What is the best course of action for an email received from a supervisor, whose subject line reads: 'notes from today's meeting'

File
Respond immediately
Delegate
Discard immediately

 

 

True or false? Procrastination is a better workplace trait than perfectionism.

True
False: Perfectionism is a better workplace trait than procrastination.
False: both can impede progress in the workplace.

 

 

When working on a project that involves several or more colleagues, interruptions:

are to be expected and should be accounted for in advance.
should be avoided at all costs.
should not occur often or at all, if the project is well-managed.
will inevitably undermine productivity.

 

 

In business, stress:

can be positive when appropriately channeled.
can only improve performance.
can only undermine success.
has the power to be negative, but is largely positive.

 

 

Which activity would belong in the category of "urgent and important?"

Planning
Crises
Busywork
Interruptions

 

 

What benefit might be derived from delegating a task you could do well yourself to an employee who is not strong in that area?

To introduce that employee to a new area of knowledge while providing expert oversight.
To spend your time on tasks which cannot be delegated.
(All of these)
To observe that employee stretch and expand their skills in a low-risk situation.

 

 

In business time-management, what does the acronym PAY stand for?

Priority Application of Yen
Priority Action Yardstick
Primary Attribution of Yield
Prioritize Activities by Yield

 

 

The importance of saying "no" to a new task or responsibility is emphasized because:

it enables employees and managers to set their own priorities, regardless of what their bosses suggest.
it allows managers to assert themselves in the face of executive interference.
it frees an employee from tasks that could distract from more important directives or goals.
it contributes to employee empowerment and morale.

 

 

How much time should be spent on planning and scheduling, relative to taking action?

No more than 30 miniutes.
as much as is necessary, until a workable plan has emerged.
No less than 5% of the total time allotted for the project.
As little as possible.

 

 

If one realizes that one has not budgeted enough time for an important task, a skilled manager should:

make sure that all employees stay late until the work is done.
take additional time to finish the task properly, immediately if at all possible.
re-evaluate the situation and adjust the schedule accordingly.
accept the setback, and hope that the missed deadline does not compromise larger projects.

 

 

When deciding how to delegate tasks among your team, all of the following are important to consider EXCEPT:

The overall priority of the task at hand.
Strengths and weaknesses of individual team members.
How interesting the task is to you personally.
The demands already placed on team members by other projects.

 

 

What is the accepted view of scheduling periods of 10-20 minutes in an otherwise busy work day, in which to do precisely nothing?

Generally helpful to productivity and morale, so long as they are kept in moderation.
An unequivocal waste of time.
An absolute necessity in all situations.
Useful for low-level workers, but not for managers

 

 

Taking the time to come up with a contingency plan is:

a good idea for executives, but a waste of time for managers or low-level employees.
a good idea for all employees.
a waste of time for all employees.

 

 

The central principles of time management are based on maximizing all of the following EXCEPT:

efficiency
productivity
synergy

 

 

When delegating tasks, it is generally a good idea:

to delegate tasks in which you are weak to team members who are strong in those areas.
to delegate tasks which you would prefer not to do yourself.
to delegate less complex tasks.
te delegate more complex tasks.

 

 

If challenged on an individual task within the context of a larger, group project, one should:

press on without asking for outside help or feedback.
share the work with less-experienced, lower ranking personnel, insisting on their help.
share the work with a more experienced co-worker and ask for suggestions, provided they have time to help.
share the work with all team members, regardless of restraints on their time.

 

 

Employers are likely to evaluate new hires' time management skills based on which of the following?

Who arrives at least one hour prior to interviews.
By heaping massive amounts of work upon new hires upon their first day of work.
How quickly a job application is submitted, as soon as the position is posted: it is always best to be first.
(None of these)

 

 

True or false? Only managers can be sure a meeting stays on schedule.

False
True

 

 

All of these would be an acceptable choice when faced with a new task EXCEPT:

defuse it
deadline it
delegate it
do it

 

 

Classify the following task: watching a TV show you do not enjoy

non-urgent, unimportant
urgent, important
urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, important

 

 

The best time to make a plan for a new task is:

mid-way through the process
towards the end of the process
before starting
after one has begun, but before the mid-point

 

 

Employers are likely to evaluate new hires' time management skills based on which of the following?

When a job application is submitted relative to a deadline.
(All of these)
Punctuality at interviews and phone appointments.
With tests and challenges during the hiring process (like this one!)

 

 

Classify the following task: dealing with an upset client or vendor

urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, important
urgent, important
non-urgent, unimportant

 

 

Check lists and to-do lists are:

Two excellent tools for all kinds time management.
A waste of valuable time.
Useful for individuals, but not for groups.
Worthy of several hours of attention each day.

 

 

When balancing multiple important tasks, what is generally the best strategy?

Focusing on two or three tasks at a time, but no fewer.
Focusing on two or three tasks at a time, but no more.
Focusing on one task at a time, and changing focus when appropriate.
Focusing on all tasks at the same time.

 

 

On group projects, planning should be done:

on the group level only.
on the individual level only.
both on the group level and on the individual level.
at the management level only.

 

 

Which of the following can contribute to overall office stress levels?

floor plan
(All of these)
degree of noise pollution
decoration, natural light, green space

 

 

Generally, it is best to arrive for a meeting:

five-ten minutes ahead of its scheduled start time.
15-30 minutes before its scheduled start time.
one hour or more before its scheduled start time.
precisely on time.

 

 

True or false? Day-to-day issues should never supercede larger strategic time priorities.

False
Generally false, except in crisis and other special situations
Generally true, except in crisis and other special situations
True

 

 

Which of these could contribute to a missed deadline?

Difficulty saying no to extra assignments
Procrastination
Perfectionism
(All of these)

 

 

True or false? Generally speaking, the most important tasks should be done in the morning, or whenever productivity is at its highest.

True
False

 

 

Employees who spend most of their time on tasks that are not important, regardless of urgency, will likely eventually experience:

Lack of enthusiasm
Balance
Burnout
Vision

 

 

Classify the following task: relaxation

urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, unimportant
urgent, important
non-urgent, important

 

 

What is the best course of action for an email received from a colleague, whose subject line reads: 'what was the name of that article you mentioned?'

Respond immediately
Discard immediately
Look at in depth
Delegate

 

 

A group's meeting agenda should be restricted to:

the time available for discussion.
items relating to medium-term goals only.
items relating to impending or past deadlines.
items relating to long-term goals only.

 

 

Employees who spend most of their time on tasks that are urgent and important will likely eventually experience:

Lack of enthusiasm
A sense of control
Burnout
Vision

 

 

Which activity would belong in the category of "not urgent and not important?"

Crises
Interruptions
Busywork
Planning

 

 

Classify the following task: responding to a task-relevant email from a colleague

non-urgent, important
urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, unimportant
urgent, important

 

 

The best time to handle routine mail and correspondence is:

first thing in the morning, no matter what.
during time set aside ahead of time for this purpose.
as it comes in, on an ongoing basis.
the last part of the work day, no matter what.

 

 

The most important work of the day should always be scheduled:

first thing in the morning.
just after a meal break.
just before a meal break.
whenever the individual employee has the highest, best-quality focus.

 

 

Classify the following task: busywork

non-urgent, unimportant
urgent, unimportant
urgent, important
non-urgent, important

 

 

In a truly ideal situation, one would spend most of their time working on which kind of tasks?

Urgent, non-important
Non-urgent, but important
Urgent, important
Non-urgent, non-important

 

 

Which is a way individuals can contribute to good group time management?

Delegate or pass off as much of one's own responsibilities as possible.
Keep all team members fully informed of any and all progress one makes individually.
Take on the work of others inasmuch as is possible.
Be mindful of not wasting other team members' time.

 

 

Employees who spend most of their time on tasks that are non-urgent but important will likely eventually experience:

Challenges seeing the long-term picture
Lack of enthusiasm
A sense of control
Burnout

 

 

True or false? Supervisors should always tell their employees in which order tasks should be prioritized.

True
False

 

 

When a team members asks for help, feedback, or guidance, one should:

help as much as one reasonably can without compromising one's own responsibilities.
drop everything to help him or her.
refer that team member directly to a supervisor.
do nothing.

 

 

True or false? The most important task must be completed first, regardless of its complexity or urgency.

False
True

 

 

When setting goals for a given project, should one focus on:

medium-term goals.
long-term goals.
(All of these)
short-term goals.

 

 

When scheduling meetings, it's important to invite:

all personnel whose work might be effected by the project at hand.
all personnel who might be effect in any way by the project at hand.
only personnel essential to the project at hand.
all personnel.

 

 

The concept of scheduling priorities, as opposed to prioritizing one's schedule, is meant to privilege:

quality work over busywork.
busywork over quality work.
proactive work over reactive work.
reactive work over proactive work.

 

 

All of the following can contribute to under- or over-estimating the amount of time a given task can take EXCEPT:

How the task contributes to the company's bottom line.
Enjoyment of an activity.
Boredom with or fear of an activity.
Poor background information.

 

 

What is the best course of action for an email received from a supervisor, whose subject line reads: 'notes for workers in [not your department].'

Delegate
Respond immediately
Look at in depth
Discard immediately

 

 

What is the best course of action for an email received from a supervisor, whose subject line reads: 'please complete this task within the month.'

Respond immediately
Look at in depth
Delegate
File

 

 

True or false? Urgent, unimportant tasks should be privileged over non-urgent, important ones.

False; it's the other way around.
False; they are of equal importance.
True.

 

 

All of the following belong in the plan for a complex project EXCEPT:

ongoing tasks.
minor and routine tasks.
personnel information.
dated deadlines.

 

 

The 'Pareto Principle' or '80/20 rule' states that:

80% of output is the the result of 20% of input.
Planning well for a project can increase yeild by 80%, while planning poorly can reduce results to 20% of optimal.
On any given task, 80% of employees will not be of much use.
20% of employees account for 80% of productivity

 

 

Evaluate the following statement. "If you don't have enough time to do everything on your to-do list, wake up an hour earlier in the morning."

Good advice for individuals, short-sighted advice for organizations
Short-sighted advice
Good advice
Good advice for organizations, short-sighted advice for individuals.

 

 

Analysts have pointed out all of the following potential problems with "to-do lists" EXCEPT:

Managing a list can interfere with its implementation.
Listing routine tasks wastes time.
Too rigorous a plan leaves no room for emergencies or setbacks.
Such lists tend to privilege long-term and medium-term goals over short-term goals.

 

 

Which is of greater consequence when evaluating when and how to do a task: urgency, or importance?

importance
both are of equal consequence
neither is of consequence
urgency

 

 

A schedule for a complex, weeklong project should be broken down to units no smaller than:

2 hours
1 hour
30 minutes
a half-day

 

 

Classify the following task: arriving on time to a meeting at which one's presence is not necessary

urgent, unimportant
urgent, important
non-urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, important

 

 

Classify the following task: meeting the expectations of colleagues or sub-ordinates

urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, unimportant
non-urgent, important
urgent, important

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