Are you a spontaneous, free spirit, or a person who prefers a plan - both have their advantages! Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net
Many people I know in life are enviably organised, and self-disciplined. They plan their days with thought and care and they carry out their schedules according to this structure.
Much as I have tried and tried to be one of these disciplined folk, my attempts at organising and keeping to the plan, except for a day here and there, seem to fall through the cracks.
Upon contemplation, I thought perhaps there are two kind of folk – 1. Planned and Organised, and 2. More Spontaneous.
I don’t believe there is any better way of being – however, rather than looking at the disadvantages of both types, I thought it might be more positive to look at how recognising and embracing your way of functioning can lead to a greater productivity. By making the most of your personality type, you can work most effectively according to your style, rather than wishing you were another way.
Tend to keep appointments, promises, times, schedules. They can thus be seen as responsible and reliable.
Tend to be organised. They have a clear structure of what work they will do and when.
Have routines and schedules. For example, times to eat, retire, wake, exercise. Therefore life can be less chaotic for these folk.
They tend to keep their promises and likewise, tend not to make promises they can’t keep. They are therefore perceived as reliable.
Tend to be more flexible. They feel more comfortable adjusting plans as needed to accommodate other commitments they feel are important.
Don’t tend to feel personally offended if others have to change their plans. Afterall, spontaneous people often feel the need to modify schedules anyway.
Tend to be divergent and creative. Instead of thinking in a logical, linear fashion, one idea can lead to a related idea. This can lead to fantastic ideas, even though schedules may get a little off track.
Feel comfortable with ‘thereabouts’ such as meeting some time that week, rather than a specific day.
It may seem a result that planned and spontaneous folk may frustrate each other from time to time. For example, the planned person may seem rigid to the more relaxed folk, and the latter chaotic to the more organised.
However, these two kinds of people can complement each other. Planned people when friends with spontaneous people can teach them that commitments are indeed important to some. Spontaneous individuals can help organised people relax a bit.
When we use our differences to complement each other, and learn from each other, we really do see that different strokes move the world!