5 Myths About Productive People

5 myths about productive people
My friends make fun of me all the time for being a Type A personality. I’m a list maker, reflection taking, goal setting, day planner toting pro, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

A positive result of my (occasionally obsessive) Type A attitude is that I tend to really focus on getting things done. I get a rush when I cross something off of my to-do list and I’m always interested in ways I can do more in a day. It’s great, but there are some definitely myths and misconceptions about the reality of being a productive being.

And as a result of these misconceptions, people feel that if they don’t fit the mold, they can’t #getthingsdone as effectively. So I want to address and break those myths today.

1. You have to wake up before the sun to be productive. WRONG! If you aren’t an early riser and don’t enjoy greeting the sun the second it hits the sky, you can still be incredibly productive. While I don’t recommend sleeping the day away, there is no alarm that signals the official start of productivity. Know when you work most effectively (you might be a night owl) and harness that time and energy to make a big impact.

2. Productive people don’t procrastinate. WRONG! Can I confess something…I’m a queen procrastinator. I know how I work so I can push things off to the last moment with the understanding that I’ll still get them done. But because I know this about myself, I work against the behavior and work ahead. Just because you try to implement a different behavior doesn’t mean you don’t have the opposite behavior in you.

3. Productive people have it all together. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! You may think someone has it all together, but you’re likely only seeing one side of them. The blogger you follow on Instagram may always post pictures of organized lists in her planner, but she may also be putting off major projects to the last minute and arriving late to meetings. Life is a balancing act, and no one gets it 100% right all the time.

4. Productive people know they are successful. Everyone is human. We self criticize and judge ourselves no matter how organized our workspaces are or how much we do before 10am. Personally, I’m always reminding myself that enough is enough. 

5. Productive people were born that way. False. Just like anything else, productive habits can be learned, and have to be worked at almost daily. They become strengthened through regular routines and self-control.

These myths about productive or Type A people tend to be excuses for why we can’t or won’t achieve something. Don’t let what you perceive to be a certain lifestyle stop you from making things happen.

What perceptions do people have about your personality type?

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  1. January 9, 2015 / 8:28 am

    “the have it all together” yep I’m so prone to mega meltdowns sometimes; though you’re description of a Type A personality is me so right so haha!!

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Haha! I’ve come to accept that (occasional) meltdowns are a healthy part of living.

  2. January 9, 2015 / 9:01 am

    I definitely agree with you on this one. I have been complemented so many times on having everything together, but in my mind at least, I feel like I am a hot mess. Even with all my lists and everything that I need to get done, I just feel like I should or could be doing so much more.

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      9 times out of 10 I feel like a mess…so we must be doing something right 🙂

  3. Gabbi Townsend
    January 9, 2015 / 9:30 am

    UGH I LOVE THIS! So many of my friends ask me how I can be so productive like I’m an alien or something haha

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Right?! It’s all about knowing when you work best and then DOING SOMETHING!

  4. thealishanicole
    January 9, 2015 / 9:34 am

    people think that I wake up super early and thats def wrong! I wake up around 9 or 9:30 every morning and still struggle to get out of bed haha

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Haha the struggle to get out of bed (especially in the winter months) is always real!

  5. January 9, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Hmmm, this is an interesting read! I think I did carry some of these misconceptions about type A people. I’m more of a dreamer… I can sit down and work for hours on my dreams, but I have a hard time finishing or keeping a schedule. I could take a few tips from a Type A like yourself 🙂

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Ha! It’s all about balance. The “doing” part is crucial (obviously) but I sometimes wish I made more time to just brainstorm and daydream. Let’s trade off 🙂

  6. Kayla Hollatz
    January 9, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Thanks for busting these myths. I totally agree with the fact that not all productive people wake up early.

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      I hate when people tell me that! Or treat waking up early as some beacon of wisdom…it’s just morning!

  7. January 9, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Glad to know I’m not the only procrastinator! I will forever be working on this little trait of mine ;]

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      It’s definitely a tricky thing to manage, but everyone deals with it on some level.

  8. January 9, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Great points! I tend to be productive around 4-5AM and after 9-10PM. We just gotta know ourselves and our productive hours.

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Exactly, it’s all about knowing when you work best!

  9. January 10, 2015 / 8:11 am

    This is such a great list! I’m definitely super productive at night 🙂

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      I definitely have my night owl moments, too!

  10. January 10, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Really enjoyed this, and I can relate to “having it all together”. Sometimes things look rosy but the reality can be so different. Found your blog via Kelly.

    Buckets & Spades

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Things definitely are not always as they seem. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  11. January 10, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Hmm… I’m not sure if I’m considered having a type A personality. I, like you, am also a list maker, reflection taking, goal setting, day planner toting pro, but do I actually take action with all the ideas I have going on in my head? I always somehow manage to get the work done though, so after seeing you say that productive people also procrastinate, it may still be a possibility that I’m a productive person.

    My mom is constantly remind me that talent can only take you so far. Then you have to work for the rest of it. In fact, people born with talent may be less inclined to work for it. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • January 10, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      I definitely agree with your mom –you have to work! Everything else is just for show in a sense.

  12. January 13, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Ha, number 1 was such a BIG lesson for me. Such an eye-opener. When I decided to freelance, I wasted so much effort on trying to wake up early to “get more stuff done” only to realize years later that I am much more productive—and useful—at night. So, I just let myself sleep when I need it and work my butt off when I’m alert and awake. Usually at night, lol.

  13. January 19, 2015 / 5:05 am

    Ha, 2 + 3 describe me to a T! Oh and also waking up early – I’m such a night owl and do my best work after 5pm! Great post xx

  14. January 28, 2015 / 4:37 am

    I love this – I think I procrastinate more on my most productive days!

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