I am an ISTJ.
For those of you who have no idea what that means, let me explain a little. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps you to understand your own preferences. It takes 4 sets of opposites and through a series of questions, that you answer in your most natural state of mind, determines which option you prefer to use. Everyone uses all 8 options, but the MBTI helps you to understand which option you are more lenient toward. The options are as follows:
Extraversion vs Introversion
Sensing vs Intuition
Thinking vs Feeling
Judging vs Perceiving
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For the purposes of this post, I am going to focus on the Judging preference. I assure you, it is not what it sounds like. People with the Judging preference are not walking around judging you on the way you dress or the things you say. We simply come to conclusions quickly and want to move on, and we take an organized, planned approach to life.
So what exactly does that mean? It means that I get extremely stressed if my day does not have a plan. I plan what I am going to do the night before (at the latest), and I stick to that plan. When things inevitably get messed up, I instantly come up with a new plan and follow through, I even plan to not have a plan. I am very goal oriented, I set goals on a regular basis and strive to complete them without focusing on much else until I have met my goal. Personally, I love, love, LOVE schedules and structure. My lists have mini lists, I have even been known to create lists of lists. I cannot get through the day without scheduling everything.
This may sound a lot like obsessive compulsive disorder to you, and some research has shown that people with the Judging preference are more likely to have OCD, but I assure you; the two are very different. You can buy your own Myers-Briggs Type Indicator analysis here, or this free one seems to be fairly accurate.
Organizing my Life
Needless to say, I take organization very seriously; on my computer, I have folders, sub-folders, sub-sub-folders and sub-sub-sub folders. If I know what I am looking for, there is no way I won’t find it.
I take advantage of the Bullet Journal system while at work, and I have recently found the Inspired Year Planner for at home. I enjoy using calendars, schedules and lists to plan my weeks and days. They help me to keep my mind at ease, and they make it easier to adjust plans when needed. As a mom, I use an app called Cozi, which allows me to schedule all of the family’s appointments, create a grocery list, keep all of my recipes, and share it with everyone in the family on our own mobile devices or computers.
As mentioned earlier, I have recently discovered the Inspired Year Planner, which seems to be excellent for setting and achieving your goals. This planner has designated space for reflecting on the previous year, and setting goals for the upcoming year. It allows you to set yearly and monthly goals, determine a weekly action and keep a daily focus. The thing about being so focused on the day to day plans it that the long term goals seem to fall to pieces. I am very excited to start using my new Inspired Year Planner in January. I really think it is going to help me stay focused on my long term goals and actually achieve them.
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