ENTP Organizing Profile
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Today we look at the organizing style for ENTP, the fourth “NT” personality type. ENTP stands for Extraverted – Intuition – Thinking – Perceiving. If these terms are new to you, you’ll find it helpful to read How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® work? before continuing with this post.
ENTP Organizing Strengths
Individuals with ENTP type preferences tend to be adaptable and able to tolerate a somewhat cluttered working environment. Because they thrive on activity and variety, they enjoy multi-tasking. Many get an energy rush from working on a project at the last minute.
They generally organize according to concepts, rather than by date or alphanumeric system.
ENTP Organizing Challenges
They have a tendency to hoard items that may be useful “some day” and those with sentimental value, and have a lot of clutter because they don’t know where to put things. They may avoid having visitors due to the clutter in their homes.
They often forget about social activities, scheduled meetings and appointments, tasks, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
They sometimes have difficulty prioritizing tasks and activities, and often procrastinate when they don’t want to do something. One survey participant explained:
“I have difficulty estimating the time it will take to accomplish something. This is probably due to the fact I don’t see all the steps clearly. It also has something to do with motivation: if I want to do it, the time doesn’t matter; if not, all the time in the world wouldn’t be enough.”
ENTP Time Management Systems
Even when I conducted my research 15 or so years ago, ENTPs showed a distinct preference for portable electronic systems.
One survey participant found a Palm Pilot® to be effective because she could sync it with her computer. She reported having little success with paper calendars.
Another used a similar system, considering the color screen, the ability to take hand-written notes, and alarms and snooze buttons to be the most important features. She found that a paper planner was too much trouble to carry around.
For more insight into the ENTP organizing style, read about Smart Freedoms on Pixies Did It.
For a broader view of the ENTP 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 ENTP?
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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