Are you a list person?
Do you like to plan out your day, or week, or month...or maybe, could you tell me where you will be in 5 years? The kind of job you'll have, where you'll be living, or that you think eventually, give it time, you'll be married to that guy (or gal) who smiled at you in church last Sunday?
There are planners, and there are planners.
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Test?
For years, I was pretty sure I was a P. Let me explain so you don't think I'm too strange here. Other P's know what I'm talking about. I'll be in a room with some other people and we're the ones who will go on and on talking about the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and who will likely go off on a tangent when we find out there's someone else who is aso a P in the room. It'll be as if we found a friend from elementary school.
A" P or J" constitutes the last strand of the Myers-Brigg's Test.
- Comfortable moving into action without a plan; plan on-the-go.
- Like to multitask, have variety
- Naturally tolerant of time pressure; work best close to the deadlines.
- Instinctively avoid commitments which interfere with flexibility, freedom and variety
- Plan many of the details in advance
- Focus on task-related action; complete meaningful segments before moving on.
- Work best and avoid stress when able to keep ahead of deadlines.
- Naturally use targets, dates and standard routines to manage life.(personalitypathways.com)
However, there's usually more to the story.
I also feel lost at times without routines and am often task-driven. When I'm in certain situations, I like to know what is going to come next. Uncertainty can cripple me at times, especially in work situations.
I went to school for counseling, and I know there's more to who we are and what we do than our personality types.
Still, I know P doesn't stand for planning, but for all intensive purposes, it just as well might. It has me thinking about my tendencies of holding too tightly either to the idea of planning or unplanning, and has me wondering, is something greater lost in the end? Is there some way to find a balance?
You can read all the posts of the 31 days series here.