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For each statement
1. You're miserable in your job. Do you...
A Continue to lament that you ended up
in a role you have to drag yourself to?
B Hand in your resignation the moment
you acknowledge that you're unhappy?
C Meet with your boss to talk over what
could change in your position, start
looking through job ads, or book a session
with a careers coach?
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2. You're invited to a drinks party by
someone you don't know particularly
well. Do you...
A Wait until the day of the event to see
whether you feel like attending?
B Say yes, but then find you're already
committed to something else that night?
C Think about whether you really want
to attend the party, check your diary and
reply to the host promptly?
3. You have a looming deadline at
work. Do you...
A Get a sinking feeling whenever you
think about the project and procrastinate
until the last possible moment, then finish
it in a mad rush?
B Complete the project in advance but
then have a crisis of confidence and spend
hours changing it all?
C Create a schedule for completing the
project within the time you have left?
4. You are dating someone. They have
many lovely qualities but don't meet all
of your requirements for a potential life
partner. Do you...
A Continue dating, but keep an eye on
other dating app profiles, meet up with
that friend of a friend, and avoid any
conversations about exclusivity?
B Start mentally planning the wedding,
children and move to the country?
C Take a long, hard look at where you are
and make a decision based on your values?
5. At a new restaurant, you're faced
with a menu that offers lots of
desirable-sounding dishes. Do you...
A Hold off ordering until the last moment
and negotiate with your fellow diners so
you can try a little of each of their dishes?
B Glance at the menu and plump for the
first thing that catches your attention?
C Consider what choices you would be
unlikely to cook at home and go for the
most appetising option?
6. You need to send a birthday card
this week. Do you...
A Never even manage to buy the card,
let alone send it in time?
B Miss the last post, so call a florist and
order an expensive bunch of flowers?
C Buy a card, write a nice message and
pop it in the postbox?
9. It's the weekend and dozens of small
jobs need your attention. Do you...
A Make a list of all you need to do and
then spend the rest of the day ignoring it?
B Jump when a friend calls and suggests
C Choose the three most important tasks,
do them and take the rest of the day off ?
10. You need to buy a car. Do you...
A Trawl eBay, visit garages, consult
everyone, make test-driving cars your new
weekend hobby... then defer committing?
B Hear a friend of a friend is selling an MG
Midget, get in touch and buy it unseen?
C Work out a budget, call a friend who
knows about cars and purchase something
affordable and practical?
11. Things haven't been going well in
your relationship for what feels like
7. Ignoring your instincts, you
quite a while. Do you...
A Studiously ignore the issues, hoping
follow the advice of your friends
and family and make a decision that
that your partner might make things easier
you very quickly regret. Do you...
for you and call it quits first?
A Ignore all the feelings of doubt you have B Allow the flirtations with someone at
and continue on the chosen path.
work to develop before jumping out of the
B Hold all those who advised you
old relationship and straight into a new,
accountable for the bad decision and
C Pause to explore your fears and wishes
vow never to ignore your instincts again.
C Accept that, though you allowed yourself before taking any further steps?
to be influenced, the decision was ultimately
yours and you are the only one who can
12. You have a life-changing decision
get yourself out of the mess you are in.
to make. Do you...
A Feel anxious every time you remember
8. You want to get a tattoo. Do you...
the decision is on the horizon and turn
A Wait and see if you end up in a tattoo
your attention to something less taxing?
B Figure you're not going to feel happy
parlour with a friend?
B Wake up one morning to discover on a
with either option, so plunge head first for
crazy night out you ended up getting what the option that has the edge?
C Put time aside to think,
looks like a Chinese character tattooed on
to your shoulder? And a new piercing?
talk to trusted friends
C Create a Pinterest board of designs you
whose views you respect,
like and book yourself a consultation with and give yourself space to
a tattoo artist?
make the best decision?
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