Is Procrastination Interfering With Your Goal to Be a Top Copywriter? Take This Test

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John Forde sent this test to Michael Masterson, who liked it so much he included it in one of his Early to Rise messages. Originally developed at the University of Alabama by H.E. Florey, we took the liberty of adapting it for copywriters.

Choose the response that matches your behavior – and tally up your score at the end:

  1. Sometimes, I just have to wait for inspiration before I sit down to get started.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  2. I need to straighten my office/room/kitchen before I get start writing.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  3. I would quickly finish my assignments, but sometimes I get too tired, nervous, or upset.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  4. When I've finished the research for my package, I often start doing something else instead of writing.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  5. I often carry around books and research material for my assignments but never get around to opening them.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  6. I like to do most of my writing at the last minute, because I perform best when the pressure is on.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  7. If it weren't for all these interruptions, I'd get more of my top priorities accomplished.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  8. I need to shower, brush my teeth, and sit down with a cup of coffee in order to tackle a tough assignment.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  9. If I get turned down for a copywriting job, it takes me a while to start looking for another job opportunity.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree
  10. If you take half-steps looking for copywriting assignments, you can often avoid or delay being rejected.
    4 = Strongly Agree
    3 = Mildly Agree
    2 = Mildly Disagree
    1 = Strongly Disagree

What's your score?
Below 10: No problem.
Between 11 and 20: You are an occasional procrastinator.
Between 21 and 30: You're in trouble.
Above 30: You're in BIG trouble!

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Published: June 10, 2002

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