The Excitable Extrovert
If you are the kind of person who gets so excited about new things that you throw logic and caution to the wind, then productivity has nothing to do with lists and organizing.
You will probably benefit from working on one project at a time. Your passion should be focused on a single task, be it grad school or finishing a project. You are most productive when you can give your all to one thing at a time.
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Just like all people are unique, so is the way each person approach productivity.
There are many different types of productive personalities:
Figuring out which productive personality you are will help you to tap into your most effective self.
You are interested in something meaningful and more fulfilling than completing mountains of tasks like your competitive and logical counterparts.
You should seek personal growth from the things that you need to complete. Think about the way you'll develop through the process. Perhaps keep a journal about how your finished tasks will give you meaning.
You do your best work when you have a competitor in mind and can measure your success in terms of factual information - for example, being the best blogger by having the highest number of site visits.
You can optimize productivity by charting and graphing work completed. Keep track of fulfilled duties in a concrete manner.
The power that drives you lies in connecting with others. While introverted personalities are fueled by their own needs, your work is done best with bonding and interaction.
Sharpen your productive edge by letting others know what you're working on. Always keep in mind the way others will benefit from your completed tasks. When you put a face behind the task, it will make the project seem more worth your time.
The productivity guru loves to-do lists and working systematically. They thrive while working on many projects at the same time. They take pride in their organisational skills but don't handle it well if something doesn't go as planned.
All people within this personality category should keep doing what they are doing but try to be more flexible and adaptive to changes.
A way to create less stressful deadlines is to break large projects into smaller tasks. Set a deadline for each task instead of just one final deadline.
Regularly spacing the deadlines out will give a sense of moving forward, which can motivate you to complete the task.
Although it might feel natural to create your to-do list first thing in the morning, it's too late.
Writing the list at the end of the day allows you to leave work behind and transition into personal time.
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