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Personal Management Skills Checklist 

This personal management skills checklist is a tool designed for you to consider or complete by yourself. Its aim is to help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses in this area.

Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can decide what you need to work on to prepare for your career and successfully search for a job. You can use this checklist to help you decide what goals you would like to establish in the personal management area. Remember as you review the checklist that there are no right or wrong answers—just what is true for you. 

You can print off the checklist and complete it off-line or simply read through the items and consider whether you have the skills to perform the tasks or will require training or assistance to be able to accomplish them.

I take care of all of the following personal management skills routinely:

  • Hair care (shampooing and conditioning your hair on a regularly basis)
  • Eye health (for example, caring for prosthetic devices or administering eye drops)
  • Shaving (facial hair, underarms, or legs)
  • Make-up application
  • Dental care (brushing your teeth, flossing, and caring for your gums)
  • Nail care (filing or clipping your nails and adding polish, if you desire)
  • Bathing or showering (finding/using soap, washcloths, towels, etc.)
  • Using deodorant and colognes or perfumes with discretion
  • Personal hygiene (for women, managing the demands of menstruation; for men and women, cleaning and self-checking for any abnormalities or problems of the genitals)
  • Following medical regimes (for example, taking medication, administering insulin injections or managing an insulin pump)
  • Taking care of any other prosthetic devices (for example, hearing aids, dentures, artificial limbs, etc.)
  • Eating in the privacy of your personal space
  • Eating in public (for example, dining in a restaurant or at a friend’s place)
  • Clothing care (washing, drying, folding, hanging, and ironing)
  • Organizing clothing for easy retrieval (matching clothes, storing clothes, managing seasonal changes)
  • Repairing clothes (sewing on buttons, mending tears, or taking damaged clothing to someone who can do these things for you)
  • Polishing shoes (and knowing where to take them for needed repairs)
  • Organizing accessories (jewellery, scarves, gloves, hats, etc.)
  • Other (please consider or list your other personal management skills that aren’t mentioned above)