I've been doing some personal digging lately and it's been really good for me. I took a personality test a few months ago that revealed I was Type A . . . For those that know me, this is not shocking. But, to me, it was. I had never looked up the textbook definition of Type A and no on had outright told me I was Type A.
The theory describes a Type A individual as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, proactive, and obsessed with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence. - Wikipedia
Whoa, reading this was like reading a part of my soul. Ambitious, yup. Rigidly organized, besides my Mama, I am the most organized person I know . . . Always trying to help others - yes! I love contributing. Sharing is caring. Take on more than they can handle, ALWAYS. I over-commit and/or stretch myself thin all the time. Proactive, only to the maximum. Obsessed with time management, I may or may not have my weeks planned out per hour. . . High-achieving "workaholics" - but if you thoroughly enjoy working, it's not work, right? Multitaskers, single-tasking is for suckers! Just kidding, I just prefer to multi-task if at all possible. Deadlines, I thrive off deadlines and timeframes . . .
According to this Huffington Post article, here are 16 Signs You're A Little (Or A Lot) Type A:
(1) Waiting in long lines kills you a little bit inside.
If I can talk to someone while in line, do something productive in line (i.e. respond to an email on my phone), complete a task (i.e. address a letter if I'm at the Post Office) then I don't mind waiting. I'd rather there be no line of course, but as long as the wait is reasonable then I am a happy camper. Additionally, if I know there will be a line and I am mentally anticipating said line, then I am always a-okay. [My Dad on the other hand has a COW if he has to wait for a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g, it drives him insane when he gets in the wrong line and it's really comical and entertaining to me]
(2) You've been described as a perfectionist, overachiever, workaholic or all of the above.
Guilty of all three. I've been called these adjectives my entire life.
(3) You bite your nails or grind your teeth.
I've been trying to kick the biting the nails habit for yeaaaaars. Now I can blame this bad habit on my personality :)
(4) You have a serious phobia of wasting time.
Absolutely. Being unproductive is the absolute worst. So incredibly wasteful. Time is precious. Time is everything. We must make the most of it!
(5) You're highly conscientious.
I care a lot and I care deeply about the people around me. I've been known to buy birthday cards months (even years) in advance, I shop for Christmas gifts mid-summer, I pay rent at least 5 days before it's due, I make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and taken care of whenever I am hostess.
(6) You've always been a bit of a catastrophist.
Thankfully, I don't feel this way. I am conscious of dangerous things like telling people the cast iron pan is hot or making sure babies don't choke on small things, but my mind doesn't automatically go to the worst possible scenario like it does for some Type A folks.
(7) You frequently talk over and interrupt people.
With individuals and couples I'll cut you off mid-sentence because I'm too excited about what I need to say. If I want to make a good impression on a new acquaintance, I'll try my hardest not to talk over what they are saying, but it's something that is hard for me to do. However, in groups, I hardly ever interrupt people and will usually sink into deep listening mode.
(8) You have a hard time falling asleep at night.
SO LUCKY I DON'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM. I fall asleep quickly and I stay sound asleep the entire night. I sleep like a rock, I never hear noises nor do I feel earthquakes. I grew up in a bedroom with skylights and no curtains on my windows. I possess the magical talent of narcolepsy on any mode of public transportation - cars, buses, trains, planes, boats - and in any cramped twisted position. It really is a gift. I am so good at sleeping, I should list it as one of my skills on my resume.
(9) People can't keep up with you -- in conversation or on the sidewalk.
HA! I can't tell you so many times people have told me to slow down while walking. Keep UP! Y'all are walking too slow in my opinion :) I've got people to see and places to be.
(10) You put more energy into your career than your relationships.
Lately with friendships, yes. Since moving to SLO, I've poured a lot of time and energy into carving out a creative career path for myself, then we got wrapped up in wedding planning, and I'm trying my best to make progress on the cookbook. So yes, friendships have been on the back burner for awhile sadly . . .
(11) Relaxing can be hard work for you.
When I am on holiday I can chill out and when I do I chill out haaaaard. However, just relaxing day-to-day is difficult because I have so many work and personal tasks that I want to tackle. Shea says I have a really strong sense of inertia. If I'm in work mode I'm 100% in work mode and can stay committed to work mode for hours, days, weeks! But once I'm in vacation mode, it's a total flip of a switch. I am very much looking forward to our honeymoon in Baja. I'm going to lounge so hard!
(12) You have a low tolerance for incompetence.
Tehehe. Yup. If someone is incompetent at their job or just head-in-the-clouds kinda person, I get annoyed. Now, if a kid or an adult is trying to genuinely learn a skill then I'm extremely patient because I love encouraging active learning, curiosity, and helping anyway I can.
(13) You'd be lost without your to-do list.
Yes, I would probably spontaneously combust if I lost my lists. In fact, I lost my list this past Sunday (which never, ever happens, where the f*ck did go!??!) and I wandered around for 2 hours because I didn't know what to do. I felt paralyzed. I keep daily and weekly to-do lists. I have color-coded calendars and organized editorial calendars. I have an insane love for office supplies. Spreadsheet is my middle name.
(14) At work, everything is urgent.
WELL DUH. Speedy, efficient, excellent work is obviously the best of work :)
(15) You're sensitive to stress.
I've been working on this. Making lists makes me feel less stressed and more in control of my plan of action.
(16) You make it happen.
Yes. I love being driven, list-oriented, task-oriented, and goal-oriented. It allows me to achieve what I put my mind up to. I thrive off having a game plan. Plan your work, work your plan.
Do you believe in the Type A and Type B personality theory?
Do you relate at all to being Type A?
Do you wish you had more or less Type A tendencies?