INTJ Organizing Profile
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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the organizing profiles for the four SJ personality types: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ and ESTJ. This week we begin our look at the four NT types, starting today with INTJ.
INTJ stands for stands for Introverted – Intuitive – Thinking – Judging. You’ll find explanation for these terms in How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® work?
INTJ Organizing Strengths
Not only do they tend to be natural organizers, but they thrive on creating systems. One INTJ said she was happiest when moving into a new un-(or inefficiently) organized environment, allowing her to design an efficient system. Another admitted the following:
“I bore quickly when asked/expected to maintain any system I set up.”
They easily find places to put things, and don’t tend to accumulate unread newspapers and magazines. There are exceptions, however, such as the survey participant who shared this:
“I have a large “to be read” in basket of journals and magazines – my interest in input from credible sources greatly exceeds the amount of time I have to routinely process them.”
INTJs typically have clear goals and priorities and have few problems around decision-making. Because they use calendar systems effectively, they don’t forget about events or tasks, and they generally finish what they start.
INTJ Organizing Challenges
INTJs identify the following problems:
- Hoarding items that may be useful “some day” and items with sentimental value
- Being almost compulsively organized
- Prioritizing tasks and activities
- Forgetting to complete tasks that aren’t on their “to do” list
- Procrastinating when they don’t want to do something.
- Remembering birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions
INTJ Time Management Systems
INTJs show a preference for paper-based planners. Please keep in mind that I completed my survey over 10 years ago, when technological options were far more limited than they are today!
One survey participant stated a reluctance “to go the Blackberry® route” because she liked to flip ahead to whole weeks of appointments and to staple information to pages in preparation for various events.
For more insight into the INTJ organizing style, read about Smart Structures on Pixies Did It.
For a broader view of the INTJ 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 INTJ?
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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