Score Key: Are Your Artist and Taskmaster Personas in Balance?

Give yourself the number of points allotted to the answer you chose. At the end, you will add these up to find your total score.

1. Which best describes your relationships to your goals/intentions.

A. 4

B. 3

C. 3

D. 3

E. 1

2. Which of the following best describes your meal habits?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

3. Quick: List off three things you do by yourself just for fun that do not include reading, writing, or watching television. Now think about the last time you engaged in each of those activities. How did that go?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

4. How do you keep yourself organized (e.g., with calendars, planners, to-do lists)?

A. 1

B. 1

C. 3

D. 4

5. Which of the following best describes your travel habits?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 3

6. Which of the following best describes your food preferences?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

7. How do you feel about your clothes? (If you do not have any strong feelings about clothes but DO have strong feelings about cars, substitute “car/cars” for “clothes.”)

A. 1

B. 2

C. 1

D. 4

8. How much time/money do you allot for obsessions that some people might consider frivolous or eccentric (e.g., jazz flute, going to steam-punk conventions, collecting antique teacups)?

A. 1

B. 3

C. 2

D. 4

9. Go into your bedroom or office and look around. Take note of the objects in the room and how they make you feel.

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

10. Which of the following might your friends say about you when it comes to making plans?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

11. Describe your patterns when it comes to completing projects around the house (e.g., repainting cabinets, fixing leaky faucets, reorganizing closets).

A. 1

B. 2

C. 4

D. 1

12. Do you listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks while driving?

A. 1

B. 1

C. 3

D. 4

13. What are your errands like?

A. 1

B. 1

C. 3

D. 4

14. Are there ordinary aspects of your day that give you extraordinary pleasure, such as really delicious coffee or beautiful bed sheets?

A. 1

B. 1

C. 2

D. 3

If you scored…

14-28: You are listening too much to your inner taskmaster and letting life pass you by. Your inner artist is desperate to be heard! Stop and smell the roses.

29-34: You may be relying too much on your taskmaster, but you are close to achieving balance. Your life is in order, and you are devoting time to your art.

35-44: Congratulations! You are achieving a perfect balance between your taskmaster and artist personas. You give yourself time and space to nurture your creative side without neglecting your other obligations.

45-48: You may be letting your inner artist run the show, but you’re making it work. A little more attention to detail couldn’t hurt, but right now you’re loving life.

49-55: Your inner artist is completely trampling your taskmaster. You may be neglecting other areas of your life, or you may not be reaching your full potential. It’s time to focus on getting things done.

Want to do better but aren’t sure where to start?

Download my best tips for nurturing your Artist/Taskmaster side here, and let me know how you scored at writewithtarah@gmail.com.

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