We can simplify the aspect of Personality Based Time Management © or many personality assessments for that matter by using just a couple of variables. Now of course people are much more complex than this. But in this instant gratification generation, information such as Personalities Simplified is fun, easy to read, and doesn’t take an hour to take a test.
Start with two variables:
1. Are you a people person or no?
2. Are you organized or disorganized?
A people person gets energized by people. They find refreshment in going out to a crowded place or chatting for a bit with a friend. Someone who is not a people person does not want to be around people when they need to get energized. Their energy comes from having a calm, quiet environment; i.e. reading a book, taking a nap, resting their mind during this time.
I’m a people person and it shocks others when I appear exhausted at the end of the day, yet get energized after a few minutes into my time with them. What many of them don’t know is that I become more fatigued from being alone in front of the computer or alone in my office, than from working with people all day. Of course there’s a balance and I LOVE that balance of 2/3rds of the day with people, the other 1/3rd without.
Noticing how you feel during your alone time or when you’re with people can help you learn when to remove yourself from a setting or put yourself into one.
The Type A personality typically likes more solitude than the Type B personality. That’s why the Type A tends to appear more together than the Type B woman. However, that doesn’t mean that the Type A does not like to spend time with others. It means they take the time alone to reflect and rest their mind while regrouping for the next day. They make their lists, check them twice, and check them off when done.
The Type B typically will forgo making her list and checking it twice to chat with friends. If no one is around she might get to making her list, then either forget to check it, or only complete a couple of things on it. Type B’s have a hard time prioritizing a list of to-dos because often, they’ve waited so long to start anything that everything is put into the “top priority” category.
An organized person thinks logically and is often able to organize with ease. This is typically (but not set in stone) the description of Type A women. Organizing comes naturally to them because their brain functions in a very logical manner. They can see how things should be organized just by looking at the space in question, which frankly used to drain my brain until I learned how to do the same thing. (This proves that organizing can be learned.)
Type A women are not naturally disorganized but can become that way if they are overloaded at home or work.
A disorganized person might not have been taught “how to” organize with ease. If they know “how to”, they may just have too much on their plate. Either way, the task is daunting at best. In the past I’ve written about my anguish as a child cleaning and organizing my room. While I was a messy as a child (and teen), the learned Type A in me kicked in as an adult, and has enabled me to have an organized home.
Generally speaking Type B women fall into this trap. They’re so busy saying yes to everyone else that they have trouble keeping up on their own needs of self and family. Their hearts are so big they have a difficult time saying no. This sometimes backfires and hurts some of their relationships because they are often late for appointments or miss them altogether. If a disorganized woman does not start a project, it’s because they don’t know how or where to start.
Here’s where to start:
- Start with an easy task first.
- Complete it and then choose a more difficult task.
- Complete that one and start on an easy task again.
- Figure out what you can do on your own.
- Enlist a Type A to help with the rest.
- The key is to spend some quiet time to make a plan.
- Reward yourself for what you’ve accomplished.
- Don’t beat yourself up for the things you haven’t.
- Learn your moods and what makes you feel good or bad.
- Keep people around you who lift you up, not tear you down.
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