ENTJ Organizing Profile
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The other day, we looked at the organizing strengths and challenges typically faced by individuals with the INTJ personality type.
Where INTJ stands for Introverted – Intuition – Thinking – Judging, ENTJ stands for Extraverted – Intuition – Thinking – Judging. Sharing three of the same preferences, you might assume that they are very similar, but it’s important to understand that your personality type is more than just the combination of your four preferences.
As one ENTJ put it,
“I’m a very busy and somewhat disorganized ENTJ [J preference is not that strong] and with an extremely strong N preference, I find they are sometimes at war with each other, one seeking organization the other seeking creativity and defying too much structure.”
The way your four preferences interact has a huge effect on your overall personality, and is beyond the scope of this series. If you’re interested in learning more about it, I encourage you to consider MBTI® training.
ENTJ Organizing Strengths
ENTJs typically have clear goals and priorities, finish what they start, and have an effective calendar system. They don’t forget about events or tasks, and generally have few problems with decision-making or finding places to put things.
ENTJ Organizing Challenges
ENTJs indicate that the following are sometimes a problem for them:
- Forgetting to do tasks that aren’t on their “to do” list
- Procrastinating, when they don’t want to do something
- Hoarding items that may be useful “some day” and those with sentimental value
They also have a tendency to stop what they’re doing when someone wants to talk to them, which can be a hindrance to productivity.
ENTJ Time Management Systems
ENTJs use a wide variety of time management tools, often a combination of paper and electronic systems.
One survey participant stated that she printed her own calendar from MS Outlook® on Day-Timer® computer paper (Desk size, 7-hole punched) along with several Day-Timer® accessories.
Another used a combination of “brain power, paper calendar and electronic organizer.”
For more insight into the ENTJ organizing style, read about Smart Structures on Pixies Did It.
For a broader view of the ENTJ personality type, check out the following resources:
Keep in mind that we are all unique, and even people sharing the same type preferences will not be the same in every way. Personality type is only one factor to consider when developing organizing solutions for your clients.
Are you an ENTJ?
Help others understand your personality type and organizing style by answering one or more of the following questions in the Comments:
- What are your organizing strengths?
- What are your organizing challenges or weaknesses?
- What organizing strategies work well for you?
- What are your time management strengths?
- What are your time management challenges or weaknesses?
- What time management strategies work well for you?
- What type of calendar(s) do you use?
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