One of the first steps in change is awareness — understanding how and why you do things the way you do.
But why is it important to know yourself?
Awareness of self...empowers.
It creates space and understanding for decisions to be made. Decisions on how to move forward or decisions on how to change. Self-awareness gives us a starting point, a place to work from.
In Sunny Schlenger and Roberta Roesch's book "How to be organized in spite of yourself", they explain that everybody can be identified by a different operational style and knowing what your personal style is can be a good starting place if you feel the need to organize your work life.
In the book, people are classified by the following Time Styles:
Perfectionist Plus: The Perfectionist Plus gets so involved in their projects and believe they can do everything right that they rarely finish a project on time. Even when they do finish a job, they are usually dissatisfied with the outcome.
Allergic to Detail: They would much rather formulate the plans than carry them out. This type is very weak on follow through.
Fence Sitter: The Fence Sitter leaves most things to chance because they are incapable to making a decision and worry whether their decisions will be the correct ones.
Cliff Hanger: These people thrive on excitement, delay everything to the last minute and usually need a deadline to complete anything.
Identify your own style. When I identified myself and my style of working, I realized that it wasn't so much a character flaw as I had previously believed, but a recognizable style that probably one-fifth of the population of the world share with me. Knowing this allowed me to (firstly) not be so hard on myself but it also put me in a position of power to allow me to learn to work with it.
Here are a few tips to help you work better with your each style.
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