Have you ever taken a personality test? Back in high school, I was an ENFP. Now, I lean more toward ISTJ. Somehow, in the past 15 years, I’ve completely flopped all of my letters. (Sometimes I think I’m a narcissistic sociopath, but that’s another story.)
My sis-in-law calls me the girl with a hundred hobbies. I think that’s the residual of my ENFP side, as I jump from project to project usually within a matter of days. Drawing, wire-working, sewing, writing, digital art… but these are all hobbies for me, and I don’t feel bad leaving a project unfinished because I know I’ll eventually get back to it. Except for my blanket. Crocheting is not for me. But if someone else is depending on me to finish something, you can gosh darn bet I’ll switch into ISTJ mode and get it done.
How am I insecure? I’m starting to wonder if I’m going to finish Isto or even Lust this year. And really, I need to.
I took April off because I knew I couldn’t handle the blogging expectations along with all of the other stuff I needed to do. April was productive. I got my daughter registered for kindergarten, got my son’s hearing tested and his speech proficiency evaluated, finished two projects at work, sewed three skirts, restarted my YMCA membership, exercised M-Th every week, designed a series of book covers, plotted a book I shouldn’t have been working on, and paid off the mortgage. Actually, that last one was more of my husband than me, but hey, it’s not too bad for a couple of 30-somethings who bought a house 7 years ago when prices were their highest. But in all of that, I still didn’t finish my outline for Isto or touch Lust. I’m starting to go into catastrophe mode (see ISTJ personality).
And now, I’m wondering how am I going to get it done because I don’t like forcing anything because then it lacks passion. I can tell between when I write something because I’m obligated to write it and when I write something that was really inspired. I like the latter. And I want others to like it as well (see ENFP personality). But if I don’t force myself, will I get it done? How do you think I should handle it?
What personality type are you? Do you have any suggestions for a person with ENFP tendencies and an ISTJ personality? Are you good at finishing projects?