How Conscientious Are You?
Dr. Arthur Poropat, Griffith University’s School of Applied Psychology, suggests testing your own level of conscientiousness. The following quiz will give you an idea of where you fall on the conscientiousness scale. Each question identifies one aspect of conscientiousness and how it shows up in your day-to-day behavior. Give yourself one point for each statement that describes you. Make sure you answer honestly.
- I am extremely organized.
- I am very responsible.
- I plan ahead.
- When challenged, I work extra hard.
- I am consistently able to control my impulses.
- I am punctual.
- I do thorough work.
- I am thoughtful toward my colleagues.
- I am good at goal setting.
- I follow through on goals and switch to more attainable ones rather than giving up in the face of obstacles
- I like to follow rules and norms.
Rating your conscientiousness factor:
1–4: You’re on the low end of the conscientiousness spectrum. With focus and diligence in moving each “No” to a “Yes,” you will increase your success factor.
5–8: You’re in the middle range, which means you contain the seeds of conscientiousness. It will take just a small effort to move up the scale and shift into a high-success mode.
9–11: You are very conscientious and poised to achieve success.
How to Improve Your Conscientiousness
If your test shows that your conscientiousness is not at the level you desire, try building your conscientious muscle by:
- Willpower. Practicing small acts of will-power every day will build self-control capabilities and improve other areas of your life.
- Making them a habit. When you automate conscientious traits and don’t have to think about them, they will become a natural habit.
- Planning. Without a clear plan, you’re more likely to revert to impulsive, unfocused behaviors.
- Focus on specifics. Details are important to conscientious people. Take the appropriate actions to be more punctual and organized. Pre-commit to work thoroughly and focus on the completion of tasks.
- Action Item. Identify and implement one visible action to convey your passion for the job, your team, your co-workers, and your clients.
- Develop and maintain good relationships. Conscientious people are not selfish. They get along with others and override impulses that are based on short-term interests.
- Volunteer for extra work or special projects to help your firm meet its objectives.
- Model the conscientious behavior you desire by being available and helpful to your team.
Research shows that conscientiousness is a key predictor of success, health, and happiness. Isn’t it time for you to reap these benefits?