Know Your Personality Traits
What on earth? Why would anyone talk about personality traits in an organizational website?
Someone who is “Type A” would tackle a task by himself/herself nonstop until it was completed, a “Type B” would be happier by working with others to complete tasks, a “Type C” prefers completing tasks the same way every time, and “Type D” prefers tackling tasks that are quickly and easily seen by anyone who walks into a room.
If you tried interchanging the way a “Type A” and a “Type B” complete tasks, although the Type B might try doing it non-stop one time, he/she would absolutely dread doing it again and the Type A would never even consider taking a break.
The Type A would most likely block out several hours and complete the task in one fell swoop with no breaks and by themselves so they do not get sidetracked. The Type B would probably invite others to join him or her and build snacks and breaks into completing the task, and possibly even do part one day and the rest the next day and would be perfectly happy doing that.
So, as you can see, the way a task is completed really depends on the personality type. For you to continue organizing and putting things away on a regular basis, it has to “feel right”. Otherwise, you will just go back to doing it the way you did before, which probably is not doing it at all.
- Type A: personalities tend to be high strung, want immediate results, and tend to be perfectionists. They get anxious quickly and; therefore, tend to be proactive to avoid potential stress.
- This type thrives with personal achievement and when opportunities are complemented with incentives.
- Type B: personalities generally are easy-going, don’t get upset if they don’t achieve the intended goal, can relax with no guilt, and do not get anxious over work that has to be done.
- This type thrives best when working with others because they are very social.
- Type C: personalities are frequently introverts, avoid opposition because they are not good at debating or quick on their feet. They are thoughtful and detail oriented.
- This type thrives when tackling detailed-oriented tasks and prefer systematic methods of completing tasks.
- Type D: personalities tend to be motivated by new challenges and are results oriented as opposed to being detail oriented.
- This type thrives when they can avoid repetitive tasks and activities, are motivated by projects that produce noticeable results.
Since the dawn of time, scholars understood that people were made up of different dominant personality traits and also, people of similar traits could be grouped together. Greeks and Chinese thought that the position of the sun and moon when a person was born determined the various traits of people; hence Greek and Chinese zodiac calendars were created. Greek zodiac symbols changed monthly while the Chinese system changed annually. Hippocrates thought that the reason people acted differently was based on body fluids.
Take an inventory of your dominant personality traits, what makes you tick, what methods you normally use to complete tasks, what tasks you enjoy doing, what activities tend to make you the happiest, and what kinds of rewards you enjoy the most (so that you can position your own “carrot” in front of you to keep you advancing forward) and use that information to create your own personalized organizational plan of action so that your organizational actions will be successful and last.
Psychologists started by labeling dominant personality traits Type A, Type B, Type C, and then added Type D. They then discovered that personality traits crossed boundary lines; however, a person could exhibit personality traits from all types. Most recently, psychologists established 16 categories in order to accurately label the combination of traits: E = Extrovert, I = Introvert, N = Intuitive, F = Feeling, J = Judging, P = Perceiving, S = Sensing, and T = Thinking.
Take both of the free personality quizzes below. Each only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Be honest with your answers. Answer the questions with how you REALLY feel rather than how you WANT to feel. You need an accurate inventory of your dominant personality traits so that you can factor your personality into the methods you will use for organization.
This personality quiz will detail what your dominant traits are. You might be surprised at the results. I took a personality quiz years ago and I also took the quiz that I found, which is offered above, and discovered that some of my dominant traits from years ago have changed a little bit.
The second test is a Jung Typology Test: Human Metrics. This one will provide a more detailed analysis of the 16 personality types that make you tick.
Once you know what your personality type is, you can begin matching how you complete organizational tasks to match your personality. When it “feels good”, you will actually look forward to completing the tasks.
My point in suggesting that you learn what type personality you are is because when you match
your personality with the way you will accomplish tasks, you will set yourself up to be successful. In other words, if you are happiest when you plan activities in advance, you will also be happiest if you lay out a plan of action as to how you will organize your home. However, if you are a “spur of the moment” type person, you will be happiest if you have the various tasks that need to be done and when you get up on a Saturday morning (or whatever day) and pick a task out of a closed box, you will enjoy the task more.
Extroverts tend to seek out social stimulation; are talkative, assertive, and excitable. They have high energy levels and are action oriented and tend to jump in and just do something.
Introverts tend to be quiet, prefer to spend time alone, and prefer to understand details. They spend time observing something before trying it.
Intuitive personalities tend to prefer doing things differently rather than routinely. They see possibilities in something rather than having to study it.
Feeling personalities prefer to maintain harmony and will do whatever it takes to keep that harmony, decides what to do by the way he/she feels at the moment.
Judging behaviors prefer systematic order, they prefer to plan the details of a task before tackling the task.
Perceiving behaviors are flexible and spontaneous. Just because something was done one way previously does not mean it will be done the same way again.
Sensing mannerisms focus on the present and their primary focus is how something looks or feels or acts right now. They use their 5 senses and notice details.
Thinking mannerisms tend to be task oriented, they decide what to do based on what the logical end results will be.
My scores were ISTJ and ISFJ. I can completely understand the one difference because “Thinking” rated at 53% in one test while “Feeling” rated 62% in the other quiz or almost half in both quizzes.
I would go nuts if I could not plan what I’m going to do when I go on vacation or when I clean my home. Although I can sit back and let things happen sometimes, I’m happiest when I have a good idea of what, when, and how I’m going to complete a task.
I am almost always systematic at the way I approach things: vacations, moving, jobs at work, even on a ‘day off’ from work. I create a task list. In fact, I have a checklist for vacations, a checklist for moving, one for cleaning rooms in my home, and a checklist for creating this website. I’m okay if I don’t complete the tasks; however, I prefer having a good plan of action so that I can cross things off a list as I complete them.
My daughter-in-law is totally opposite from me in that she almost always prefers to handle things on an ad lib manner. She absolutely amazes me when she pulls out a calendar or knows what she will be doing next week, let alone in six months!
Come up with a list of rewards for you and everyone else who is involved with organizational tasks. Work is always more fun when there is a reward waiting for you when you complete the task. So, create 3 “levels” of rewards: small rewards to be enjoyed after you complete several small tasks. Medium rewards for larger jobs, and large rewards for completing large or very involved jobs.
NOTE: I will provide examples of ways to accomplish tasks for all of the personality types in upcoming blog posts. I will also provide information on creating rewards lists in an upcoming post. You will get more out of those blog posts if you know what your personality traits are.
TAKE ACTION: Complete both personality quizzes above. Read through the explanations and see if you feel they match the way you tend to do things. Save your responses for the upcoming blog post.