Can you follow instructions?

While surfing the web, I came across an interesting activity called the ‘Three Minute Timed Test’.

It is simply 23 questions listed on a piece of paper that you have to solve in 3 minutes. But here’s the catch. You have to follow the instructions very very carefully.

The first question says ‘Read Everything Before Doing Anything’ followed by a series of mathematical calculations, drawings, writings and even stuff you have to shout out loud.

The last question, however, says ‘Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only number 2’, which is a simple task of penning down your name in the top left corner of the paper.




We conducted this activity at the office today, and only 16% of the people got the answers right.

But seriously, what we all learned from this simple 15 minute session is that in the haste to finish all the tasks assigned to us, we often forget to follow the instructions we are given beforehand. ‘Time Management’ is not just about getting to work on time or doing the most work in a short span of time. It’s about maintaining a certain level of discipline and following preset methods and instructions to maximize productivity in the span of your working hours.

Here’s the link to the test:

If you found this activity interesting, conduct it within your own team and don’t forget to tell me your results or conclusions 🙂


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