Your Inner Animal
Recently, many of us have seen little online quizzes intended to discover your spirit animal and memes poking fun at such a thing, but have you ever wondered what your inner animal might be as you sit at your desk and work or study? Take our fun quiz below to find out!
1. It’s a Monday morning, the first day of your work or study week, and your alarm goes off. You…
a. Crawl out of bed with a scowl on your face; after all, it’s Monday and Mondays aren’t fun.
b. Get up to work or study but end up browsing online, going to the store, and tending the garden.
c. Hit the snooze button and bury even further under the blankets.
d. Jump out of bed, eager to start the day!
2. You’ve just found your work or study groove when your cell phone rings. You…
a. Get annoyed that you’ve been interrupted; and to make matters worse, it turns out to be a telemarketer, which makes you even more annoyed!
b. Answer the call; then you remember you were supposed to phone your friend back, so you call and tell them all about your day and your weekend and so-and-so you bumped into at the store and…
c. Look at the phone but don’t answer it; you really don’t want to bother answering a call you weren’t expecting.
d. Already have your phone set to go to voicemail; you’ll listen to the message once you’ve finished working or studying.
3. You’ve just reached the end of your work or study time but don’t have anything planned for the evening. You…
a. Look at the clock and are irritated that so much of your day is already gone.
b. Quickly start a load of laundry, get dinner on the stove, check your Facebook page, hear dinner boiling over and run to the stove, forget the wet laundry in the washer because the kids came home…
c. Are already curled up on the couch, watching a movie.
d. Keep working of course!
4. You have a poster hanging in your office. It says…
a. “I don’t like morning people… or mornings… or people.”
b. “I don’t have a short attention span. I just—oh look! a squirrel!”
c. “I’m not lazy. I just rest before I get tired.”
d. “There is no substitute for hard work.”
5. While working or studying, your stomach starts to rumble and you realize you’re hungry for lunch. You…
a. Go to the kitchen and start rummaging through cupboards to find something to eat, but none of it sounds good so you become hangry!
b. Go to the kitchen and take out bread, peanut butter, and jam for a PB&J sandwich, but then you get distracted by something on T.V. and pretty soon you realize your lunch break is half over and you haven’t even made your sandwich!
c. Go to the kitchen to find something you can pop into the microwave.
d. Continue working until your hunger finally wins you over.
6. You’ve just created your dream office on a design app. It has a…
a. No-nonsense feel to it and you forgot to include a window.
b. Cheery feel to it but it’s got a lot of stuff in it.
c. Comfy feel to it with everything right at your fingertips.
d. Drab feel to it but it’s got great desk space and an ergonomic chair.
7. Everything was going great, but suddenly you’re faced with a demanding email from your boss or a mush-mouth dictator or a set of codes you don’t understand or a doctor’s chicken-scratch you can’t make out or some other difficult work or study situation. You…
a. Grab your hair with both hands and scream in anger.
b. Shrug it off and move on to something else.
c. Let out a sigh and consider just going back to bed.
d. Tackle the problem head-on and work through it.
If you answered mostly A’s: You might be an AFRICAN HONEY BADGER. Quick to growl and bite in uncomfortable situations and when faced with opposition, badgers are known for a grumpy temperament. If you respond to difficult work situations with a snarly attitude, you’ll likely find yourself disliking your job, being critical of the industry, and stressed out at the end of the day. In spite of their temperamental disposition, honey badgers are also known for their courage and fearless determination to stand up to pretty much everything that comes their way, even a whole pride of lions! Use your fiery energy for good. Instead of getting upset and angry, focus on the challenge in front of you and your ability to overcome it. Over time, you will gain confidence in tackling those difficult situations head-on and coming out victorious. Also, don’t be afraid to brighten up your office space, adding things that make you happy or bring a sense of calm. Your environment can have great impact on your emotions.
If you answered mostly B’s: You might be a MONKEY. When you were young, were you and your friends ever called “little monkeys” or told to “quit monkeying around”? We often think of monkeys as mischievous and goofy animals, unable to focus their attention on one thing, and overall just not taking life too serious. If that describes you, you might find you have a tendency to let your accuracy slip a little or to quickly pass over things that challenge you so as to move onto something more fun and fast-paced. Not taking yourself or difficult situations too serious is important in maintaining good momentum, but remember to take time to slow down and let what you’re learning and doing sink in. Not only are monkeys always ready for a bit of joking around, they’re also quite curious and intelligent. Try to combine the light-hearted and energetic tendencies with the curious and intelligent tendencies. By doing so, even when you face challenging tasks, you’ll be able to approach tasks with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn something new and better your skills. Another thing you can do is take care of possible distractions before sitting down in your office—check your email and Facebook, return any texts you might have, decide what to make for dinner. This will allow you to focus your attention on work or school without feeling the need to think about all the little things you haven’t done.
If you answered mostly C’s: You might be a CAT. While playful and energetic when kittens, cats are often depicted as lazy, sleepy fur balls that exert the least amount of energy possible to accomplish a goal, or just ignoring the goal altogether. If this is your approach to work or school, you’ll soon find your meager production results in disappointment in yourself, which will only cause you to feel less motivated and avoid work or school, and the cycle will continue. That said, cats are also known for being independent creatures. Especially if working or taking schooling from home, being independent is crucial to success. With no one to look over your shoulder or to remind you of what you should be doing, it’s up to you to take charge. Embrace your cat-like independence while avoiding your lackadaisical side by making sure you get enough sleep (turn those electronics off and put the books down at a reasonable hour!) and using small periodical rewards for motivation. You’ll be more likely to get done what you need to do if there’s a little treat at the end of it. Also, if you find yourself starting to feel sluggish, get up for 5 minutes—take a walk, do some jumping jacks, chase the dog around the yard. Exercise creates more energy than it uses and gets much needed oxygen to the brain.
If you answered mostly D’s: You might be a WORKHORSE. In general, workhorses don’t have a reputation for less-desirable characteristics. In fact, one dictionary defines a workhorse as “a person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time.” While that might be a definition one should be proud of being awarded, it has pitfalls. If you always have your nose to the grindstone, you might start to feel as though your life lacks of purpose and even your job will become not enjoyable, just something you have to do rather than want to do. Even horses like to frolic in the field, so balance is the key. Continue being the dependable person who plows through everything no matter how challenging or frustrating or repetitive it may be, but be sure to take time out of every day for other activities and relaxation. In addition, try to take 5 minutes out of every hour while working at your computer to go for a quick walk, noticing and thinking about the wonderful things around you that enhance life so much—birds chirping, blue skies, the sound of children laughing, the smell of freshly cut grass, and so much more!