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Do you know your organising personality (part 2)

WRITTEN by CHRISSY 

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In part one we talked about the very basic personality traits of logical, creative or a mix of the two – and gave some general ideas of what could help you to feel more organised in your space. Now it’s time to delve a little deeper…

Delving deeper into your organising personality - what are you?

 

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Take a look at the following descriptions and see which one you fit into best – of course you may find that you fit one or two, and as with creative vs. logical personalities – you can utilise the techniques given in both of these to give you an even more personalised way of organising.

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Possible derivatives of the Logical Personality

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Logical Type 1 – Right hand man/woman

You love ensuring a job is done to its best standard, but don’t necessarily like to be the one in control. You like teamwork, delegating and planning.

What works for you?

Having all surfaces clear at the end of the day helps you feel that you are as organised as possible, and creates a feeling of calm.

You work best with lists and planners – so that you can see at a glance what needs to be done and any upcoming appointments etc…

You will work best when your household/family has their own tasks to complete – delegating chores to each member of the household will be vital to you.

You are good at juggling several different things at once – but try to prioritise and then you will get each job ticked off a little faster – giving you a sense of achievement throughout the day.

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Logical Type 2 – Independent

You are very able to run a house, but don’t like your day being run by others. You work well by yourself, and tend to get lots done. You are very much a “do it yourself” person.

What works for you?

You need to get the household on board with your organising plans – otherwise this will lead to frustration if they don’t keep the systems in place once you have instigated them.

Work WITH the others in your household and not AGAINST them – try and organise their spaces based on what they want and need, and not what you think will work best necessarily. Labelling works well for you, as this makes it easy for anyone to see what goes where.

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Logical Type 3 – Perfectionist

Achievement-oriented and focused on details, you can see potential for improvement in any situation but tend to be overly critical of self and others. You like control and orderliness, but may expend useless energy in trying to achieve that goal 100%.

What works for you?

Try and just get a project started, and don’t be too harsh on yourself. You will see that even 80% of a job is better than not starting at all, and it will make all the difference!

Don’t try and be perfect in everything – set goals

Having designated places in your home for tasks will help you feel more in control

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Logical Type 4 – Result-Oriented

Highly ambitious, assertive and very industrious. You tend to have come from or are in a corporate background where results really mattered and gave you recognition.

 

What will work for you?

You want to feel productive, so working from schedules and TO DO lists will give you a sense of achievement (even ticking things off as you go will drive you forward)

Give yourself rewards as you complete tasks – even little things like a 5 minute break with a magazine and coffee will spur you on!

Don’t waste your time – make as much of every hour as possible in your day so you don’t feel that its wasted.

Possible derivatives of the Creative Personality

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Creative Type 1 – Reactive

You are always on the go, and are very impulsive. You tend to base your day on what comes up, without necessarily planning it first. You get bored with lengthy tasks and find that they weigh you down. You want to feel free to do what needs to be done at any given time.

 

What works for you?

Ensure that when you are planning your day, you plan in only the most crucial items that NEED to be done then – and ensure you have plenty of free time – you know that this will be filled with whatever you decide to do that day – but at least you will be aware that your priorities are being dealt with as well.

Don’t micro manage your time – a weekly plan may work best for you as you can then see what will fit into the day you are in at that time. Just keep yourself focused on the overall picture of getting what you need done – no matter when that is.

Don’t let yourself be REACTIVE when shopping – stick to a meal plan and shopping list – otherwise this personality will be most likely to be drawn to the offers in each shop and spend much more than they set out to.

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Creative Type 2 – Social

Helpful, friendly and trustworthy (though easily distracted), you are tuned in to other people.

 

What will work for you?

Try not to look at social media too often during the day as you are bound to spend too much time on them. Limit to about 2 times each day for 30 minutes (at most!)

Organise with others – have a group that help each other, or get a professional in. Listen to the radio to help you feel more social while you are doing big tasks.

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Creative Type 3 – Scatty

The detail of things really doesn’t interest you. You want to have a little of everything going on at the same time, and feel more alive when this is the case (even though you aren’t really concentrating on anything 100%)

What works for you?

Labelling will work great as once its done you don’t really have to think or worry about whats goes where – as you have your labels to tell you!

Work in 15 minute time periods as then you are more likely to concentrate for a little time knowing that you can finish soon.

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I hope that you now have a clearer idea of your organising personality, and have seen why certain things you may have tried already have failed.

I personally am a logical personality at my core,  and all the derivatives sound like me, so I am much more likely to have hidden storage, lots of it, and everything in its place – or at least thats my aim! I know that it will make me happier (and the areas that I have already done are testament to that), so thats what keeps me going.

TIP – If you do decide you need help from a professional organiser at all, then please ensure you choose one that takes into account your personality and lifestyle, and doesn’t impose systems that you find uncomfortable to use – otherwise you will very soon slip back into your old habits.

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One last thought….

As well as your main personalities, you may like to also think about your inner workings – are you a night owl or an early bird? Knowing this will really help you to do work out how your day would best be laid out.

If you work from home then you may find this a lot easier, and you may decide that you would work better doing your 8 hour day from midday to 8pm, and having the morning off, or waking up at 6am and working through to 2pm. Or even in 2 * 4 hour blocks with a long break in the middle of the day.

Have a play around with this as well, and you may just be surprised at the results in your productivity and motivation.

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Personality traits - what kind of organiser are you? There's lots of detail in this two part series about your personality and how it affects how you set up systems that will work for you, and not against you

Do you see yourself in any of these types? Do you try and organise with, or against what your personality is? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below – thanks in advance!

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