Today we look at the organizing style for ESTP, which stands for Extraverted – Sensing – 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.
ESTP Organizing Strengths
Individuals who prefer Perceiving seek to experience life rather than control it. Detailed plans and final decisions feel confining to them and they prefer to stay open to new information and last-minute options. Despite this, people with the ESTP type preferences tend to finish what they start, and have strong decision-making abilities.
ESTP Organizing Challenges
ESTPs sometimes consider themselves disorganized, and specifically identify the following problems:
- Being considered disorganized by other people
- Hoarding and clutter issues
- Forgetting about birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions
Other reported difficulties include lack of satisfaction with their filing and storage systems, leading to constant rearrangement, as well as stopping work when someone wishes to talk to them, being easily distracted, and overextending themselves.
ESTP Time Management Systems
Some ESTPs use electronic calendar systems; many don’t use a calendar or planner at all. Here’s what one ESTP shared:
“My ex-wife tried her darndest to get me to keep a pocket organizer and to be more punctual. It didn’t work, though I felt guilty more. I don’t think we ESTP’s really care all that much about time management, and we would prefer that the punctuality freaks get off our case.”
They often record only their most important activities, or only those which are work-related. Some think and work in terms of chunks of time rather than hour-by-hour.
For more insight into the ESTP organizing style, read about Fun Structures on Pixies Did It.
For a broader view of the ESTP 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 ESTP?
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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