How Strong Are You At The Critical Skill Of Capturing?

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How Strong Are You At The Critical Skill Of Capturing?

If you can't view the video above, here is a short summary: Capturing involves the intake of time demands* into your life, and they exist in two forms: those that come into your life automatically, without your choosing, (like snail-mail, or voice-mail messages,) and those that you must manually capture once they are created (like a good idea that you woke up with in the morning. ) As they come in, they are saved for later use in capture points* of all kinds. This quiz gives you some insight into the habits that you currently have in place for Capturing, and how you can improve them if you'd like. At the end, you'll know whether or not you have a White, Yellow or Orange Belt in this skill. Ti


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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How often do I lose small pieces of paper with important information on it? They might be Post It notes, scrap papers or anything one might scribble on in a hurry.
    • A. 

      Never

    • B. 

      Often

    • C. 

      Sometimes

  • 2. 
    When I am away from my desk,and NOT in a meeting, how often do I bring something to write notes on?
    • A. 

      Rarely or Never

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Often

  • 3. 
    I use my memory to remember time demands that I need to execute at a later date
    • A. 

      Always

    • B. 

      Often

    • C. 

      Rarely

  • 4. 
    When someone calls me on my cell-phone, how far away do I have something to write down the results of the call?
    • A. 

      Never far away

    • B. 

      Sometimes far away

    • C. 

      I use my memory mostly

  • 5. 
    I have consolidated multiple electronic message Inboxes into a single Inbox (e.g. different email addresses, Facebook, LinkedIn, voicemail Inboxes, tweets, etc.)
    • A. 

      Have not yet started

    • B. 

      Have started

    • C. 

      I sometimes look for ways automatically pull them together

  • 6. 
    When I'm working with someone else that has a faulty memory and rarely writes things down, I do the following:
    • A. 

      Take notes of their action items myself

    • B. 

      Actively do nothing

    • C. 

      Don't notice

  • 7. 
    When I have forgotten to bring something to write information with, I resort to:
    • A. 

      Using my memory

    • B. 

      Employing a handful of backup techniques, but not memory

    • C. 

      Using the same method each time - never memory

  • 8. 
    When I get good ideas, my method for setting them aside for later includes:
    • A. 

      Mostly using my memory

    • B. 

      Writing on a piece of paper nearby

    • C. 

      Using the same single paper pad (or device) almost every single time

  • 9. 
    In a meeting, how often do I bring something to take notes with?
    • A. 

      Rarely or Never

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Often

  • 10. 
    When someone passes me a Post-It note with critical information, I will most often:
    • A. 

      Put the note in my pocket or purse or something I'm carrying

    • B. 

      Crush it up and throw it away, trusting that I'll remember

    • C. 

      Transfer the information to my regular paper pad or device

  • 11. 
    When I receive a piece of "snail mail" (though the post) I have a routine of placing it in the same place every time.
    • A. 

      Never

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Always

  • 12. 
    After a meeting, phone call or conversation, how often do I have problems finding the notes I created?
    • A. 

      Rarely

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Often

  • 13. 
    How often do I assure people: "Don't worry, I'll remember?"
    • A. 

      Rarely

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      Always