TQ = Time Quotient - as I understand it is some kind of personal performance measurement.
The process at a glance...
MEASUREMENT: First, we test your Time Quotient... a 100 point assessment that gives us the facts upon which we can give you a comprehensive evaluation of your performance effectiveness.
EVALUATION: Next, we create a custom-published, 172 page evaluation of your specific strengths and limitations -- so you can easily see what you're doing right, doing wrong, and what you need to do different to produce better results.
IMPROVEMENT: Finally, we help you perform better by eliminating performance negatives... transforming them into powerful positives.
Through a simple process known as "teaching through testing", we give you the ideas, information and instruction you need to immediately turn performance weaknesses into powerful strengths -- daily.
I checked out on the thinkTQ site yesterday and, I have to admit, I found it intriguing.
I have read bucket loads of “self help” books and websites. After a long time I figured out that many of them just throw a mish-mash of random tips that do not gel together into any sort of meaningful system. I still don’t know how to apply many of the “techniques” that they tell me I must execute.
For example, does anyone REALLY know how to prioritise? Yes, it’s easy to plunge into an important project, but what about all the little things left undone? What about the great saying, “the devil is in the detail?” Any good quality article on prioritising should show us how to deal with the things that, apparently, are on our to do list, but which we are never supposed to do.
High quality sites and systems, like GTD, propose a very specific methodology, and do not pretend to handle all of life’s big questions.
To get back to my main point, I found the test questionnaire on the thinkTQ to be very good in that it divided up the process of taking action into 10 sub-components, which is helping me to zero in on my own weaknesses in getting to action. (Beats the hell out of “Take massive action!”). In doing so, it drew together ten discreet activities, which I have never before seen presented correctly together.
Far too many sites, as I already said, have just taken some of these sub-components at random, out of context, and pushed them forward as cure-alls for procrastination. But to draw on the thinkTQ list, how can we set goals and be organised if our energy levels are on the floor? What’s the point of being organised if we do not clearly understand how to set goals?
I think there is a lot of thought gone into the thinkTQ site. Furthermore, as I said above, I think it has clearly defined the area it intends to deal with. More importantly, I do NOT think it is borrowing form GTD. I think it addresses a point that comes up form time to time in GTD, which is, “now that I have my weekly review done, my projects listed, and my NA’s identified, how do I get the whole thing rolling?”
The thinkTQ website addresses our ability to begin to take action. (GTD shows us how to manage multiple workflows).
(P.S. I am not connected with the site, and I have not made any payment for its services).
I would have to agree with you --I went back and took the quick TQ quiz and was suprised at how accurate it was with me--so I went back again to take the whole test 100 questions --WOW ! did they read my mail. Described my strengths and weaknesses very well.
I'l change my previous thought, I don't think this is a GTD wannabee --I think they're competing more with Franklin Covey and Tony Robbins --I must admit I always found phrases like "take massive action " a bit too "infomercial " for me.
I will of course use GTD to manage my actions and projects but this is showing me some areas where I definitely need improvement.
now I'm very curious to see what the "making plans " seminar is like.
I actually went ahead and ordered the whole thing for $149. There is a coupon code that knocks $40 off the price that came with the free sample. I went ahead and ordered the printed book for $23.95 which isn't bad. I'm making my way through it. Definitely some thought went into the material and production.
I have to admit I am impressed by their mapping of the process from “thought” to “done”.
I did their one hundred step questionnaire, and it has sharply focussed my quest for self improvement.
Before, I tried to read virtually everything. I was readily impressed by succinctly written pieces, especially quotations. Somehow, the better they were written, the more they seemed to be (or the more I wished them to be) relevant to my life.
Now however, I have a performance profile that tells me very important things about myself. It tells me I can dream big dreams, I can clearly see what I want to do, and I can even communicate very well.
But I fail miserably in planning. Consequently, my days rapidly become a horrendous muddle. Ironically, I never lose sight of my big goals, and I could describe them to anyone in vivid detail at a moment’s notice. But, nothing gets done.
I walk around in a type of holistic paralysis all day, wanting at every moment to do all the things I want to do.
I never realised before that my missing link was planning, but their questionnaire highlighted that for me.
Their system is not an alternative or a competitor to GTD. It would be useful to anyone, in that it holds up a mirror to our execution style. (With your profile in hand, you can concentrate on whatever weak-points it shows, and then go and get whatever system, training or tools you like).
GTD will continue to excellently manage my workflow. I could not imagine living without its vertical and horizontal powers. What I need to do now is take great care in how I manage the minutes of my day. I’m probably weak at intuitive decision making.
I feel I am largely unsuited to my career, but it is far too late in life to try to change. Therefore, I need my work-day to be like a hand built engine: everything locked in its place, and ready to start at the turn of a key. This might seem rigid, but I cannot get emotionally or passionately involved with this work.
I have already started this level of fine planning, and while it does take a lot of time, nevertheless the execution is as easy as picking up a pencil. (This is taking DA’s message about thinking-up-front to the extreme, but it is a great tool for when you really don’t want to work and think at the same time).
I came across this very interesting thread by accident, while reviewing the site logs for ThinkTQ.com.
What's intriguing to me is the way the thread went from "just another copy of GTD" to "this is a complementary system in it's own right." Which, of course, we believe it is.
If I had to characterize the two, I'd say that GTD is highly tactical, with its focus more on the execution side of the scale. TQ, OTOH, attempts to broaden the spectrum, ranging from the strategic to the tactical, with its focus on awareness and commitment.
For example, an individual can be highly efficient at managing his time and resources, but is he really productive if he doesn't know what he wants from life, and is efficiently speeding in the wrong direction? On the flip side, someone can know exactly what she wants from life, or her career, but if her execution sucks (technical term), then is she likely to get it?
Perhaps more importantly, how does one KNOW what their weak points are? Objectivity, especially regarding oneself, is often a difficult thing for us human types.
And as we say often in the book, and on the site, if you don't know what's broke, it's kind of hard to start fixing it.
At any rate, I just thought I'd pop in, say Hi, introduce myself, and see if anyone has any questions or comments regarding the concepts behind TQ, the system, or the test?
If not, then thanks for letting me share, and have a great day...
I took the free 100 questions assessment (takes just 15-20 minutes) and it is definitely good at highlighting one's strengths and weaknesses. In my case it clearly showed which of my (many) problems is the bigger problem and what I need to improve first. It is a very good barometer (time will tell) for evaluating one's self-improvement strategy. I think that portion is very valuable (and free).
What I've found is that I tend naturally to study and focus on what have turned out to be my strengths (energy, mission, and organizing) while wondering why my weaknesses (goal setting, planning, prioritizing, synergizing, optimizing and DOING) have so much trouble catching up! I wonder if this is a typical human syndrome?
(I guess this means I really don't need any more organizing books!)
After reading all of the posts on this topic I went to the TQ website. So far I have found it very useful, but I am still hesitating on buying the whole package. Does anyone have any further info on the system? I know a few people have ordered it, and just wondered if they could give me some more info.