What makes you tick? Your Time Personality!

Dr. Philip Fine (University of Buckingham) invites participants to complete a short on-line survey looking at ‘Time Personality’. Can you help?


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What makes you tick?

Are you always on time? Or usually running late? Do you know how long you’ve been sitting through your favourite TV show? What about how much time it will take you to do that task you’ve been putting off?

Dr. David Ellis (University of Lancaster) and I are collaborating in a research programme aiming to explore these type of questions. We’re currently surveying people to find out what makes them ‘tick’.

In other words, we’re measuring people’s ‘Time Personality’, through the development of the Time Personality Questionnaire (TPQ).

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Does your time clock run smoothly?

We are using this questionnaire to measure people’s individual differences in time-related behaviours, such as punctuality and organisational skills. This information has important implications, as someone’s ‘Time Personality’ may relate to their health and well-being. For instance, it may impact on how they adhere to medication or remember to attend doctor’s appointments.

Together with Destynie Mallory, a University of Buckingham psychology student working within our CREATE Research Hub, we are currently collecting data on both Time Personality and Well-Being.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and anyone over the age of 16 can do so. Please click on this link to complete the survey yourself. We’d be extremely grateful. Many thanks!


The Time Personality Survey has ethical approval from the University of Buckingham’s School of Science and Medicine Ethics Committee. Whether or not you take part is your choice. If you would like to take part now, but change your mind later, you can pull out of the study at any time until you press submit at the end of the survey. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us here.

The picture of the watch is from https://pixabay.com/en/watch-clock-time-white-blue-1158678/ and the metronome from https://pixabay.com/en/metronomes-tempo-tick-swing-rythm-812679/ . Both images are CC0 (no attribution required).

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