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?