Now that you’ve read part 1, let’s talk about personality types:
The Busy Woman
What The Busy Woman has done to help determine personality type is to provide a nonscientific, “exaggerated” personality quiz that is quick and fun. It makes it easier for women to see in a more obvious fashion, why less is better if you are a “Type B Personality” as opposed to a “Type A Personality” who can handle more details. To take our FREE online personality quiz, go to Personality Based Time Management Quiz. Then, come back here to finish reading.
Type “A” women tend to jump onto our website, order, and jump off, while Type “B” women tend to write email asking questions and often email questions that are stated right on the site in plain view. I understand perfectly why they write because I too have often called or emailed a company 9 out of 10 times;
- To make sure there is a real person taking care of things behind the scenes
- To make sure I’m not reading the information incorrectly
- Because it’s faster for me to call or email and ask questions rather than read, read, read to get to the end result.
However, as I get more familiar with sites I regularly shop at, I will first go to their Q and A to find answers before calling. The same goes for many of our Type “B” women.
Type A Women
Type “A” women love order. They hate it when their friends are late because they have a precise schedule and that is how they get so much done in a day. It is very important to Type “A’s” to check things off on their to-do list. When they do things that aren’t on their list, they write them in so they can check them off. There is a psychological reason for this.
The end result of looking at a list with everything checked off as completed or moved to the next day gives them a sense of accomplishment, completion if you will. Heck, it would give any woman a sense of accomplishment.
Type B Women
More often I deal with Type “B” women who want so much to be more organized. I hear things like, “I want so much to have all of my projects completed. But instead I started all of these projects and only finished one or two.” I tell them how they are more the norm than the exception to the rule and this makes them feel a little better.
Once we get past that part, they can move onto more pressing issues such as over scheduling or the inability to follow a schedule. Type B women tend to have what might look like symptoms of AD/HD and that drives them nuts. So we give them permission to use less in the way of planner pages and to schedule less in their day, freeing up their mind.
Many of them do well when they have explicit instructions to follow. Often having a good friend to help hold them accountable gets them through the initial phase of getting on track. And while it is normal to get off track, they now have the experience they need to get themselves back on track when needed.
Figuring out a schedule that is right for you and sticking with it is an important aspect of every day life. While Type A women seem to have it easier than Type B women in the scheduling department, they still NEED to learn to say no, check their schedule throughout the day and remember not to schedule in more than they can do.
For example, many of us forget (some more often than others) about scheduling time to prepare meals. When you fill your day with too many to-dos, when do you eat? If you KNEW how many people actually do this you would be astonished! Whether you use The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner© or any other tool for scheduling, remember that it takes anywhere from 3 – 5 weeks to turn something new into a habit.
Try using memory tricks to remember to check your schedule at least in the morning and evening. If you find you have many of the ADD or ADHD tendencies, you’ll need to schedule much less than you think in order to maintain balance.
Set your priorities:
1. Rest (Mind rest and sleep are a must for a healthy person.)
2. Meals/Health (Can be combined with relationship building and Free Time but don’t forget shopping and preparation time. Maybe find a work out buddy so you can enjoy each other’s company while working out.)
3. Work (Your work schedule is usually set, whether it’s a 9 – 5, Mon – Fri, or 7 – 12 plus 1 – 4, or a mom schedule of 24/7 while working from home, you’ll have to be more diligent about scheduling work time.)
4. Have To-Do’s (for your home, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, gasoline stops… think of things you don’t normally think of; those things that HAVE TO be done)
5. Relationships/FREE Time (i.e.: God, family, friends, FUN!) Schedule FREE TIME into your planner and take it!
I used to listen to talk radio each day on my way to pick up the kids from school. There were so many calls that deal with this exact issue. People who are givers have trouble taking time for them. Find a way. It is imperative that you do!
6. Housework (general housework can come last such as cleaning underneath the refrigerator, bathrooms, trash – unless it is overflowing, vacuuming, dusting, and more things like these)
7. If you have children and they want to play more than one sport, either get into a carpool or say no. I know it’s hard, but it’s a family lifesaver.
What are some of your priorities? Let us know in the comments below.