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Personality Styles

personality types

Knowing your personality will help you play to your strengths (and recognize your weaknesses). Take the quiz to find out what style you are, and how you can apply that knowledge at work.

Personality quiz:

  1. Are you outgoing (quick to take action) or reserved (cautious)?
  2. Are you task-oriented (live and die by to-do lists) or people-oriented (tasks can wait for how someone is feeling)?

If you answered outgoing and task-oriented, you’re a driver.

If you answered outgoing and people-oriented, you’re a promoter.

If you answered reserved and task-oriented, you’re an analyzer.

If you answered reserved and people-oriented, you’re a supporter.

Traits and Downfalls

So what does this all mean?

  • Drivers are strong, aggressive, results-oriented, natural leaders. They’re powerful, impatient, determined, competitive and very-independent. They can also be stubborn, bossy, arrogant, cold, and willing to sacrifice relationships for money.
  • Promoters are creative, charismatic, risk-taking, fun, spontaneous cheerleaders. They can also be irresponsible, superficial, cocky, and bad with deadlines.
  • Analyzers are disciplined, precise, rigorous, loyal, responsible, and precise. They can also come across as emotionally disconnected, robotic, hold themselves back, and get stuck in analysis paralysis.
  • Supporters are committed, sweet, flexible, sensitive, empathetic, open, and loving. However, they also come across as sacrificial, dormant, insecure, invisible, or sad.

Knowing this can help you play to your strengths and recognize areas you can improve. Also note your employees personality types, and be sure to cater your meetings to how they work best.

Inspiration for this post came from “Know Yourself” by Beth Montpas published in the October 2021 issue of American Quilt Retailer.

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No-Stress Notifications

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Some days, technology feels like an added stress. If clearing out notifications is a trigger for you, check out these tips to manage that sense of urgency.

Turn off notifications

The best way to stay on task is to turn off notifications. If you have a schedule and stick to it, you don’t need to know every time a new email comes in or someone likes your photo.

If sticking to a schedule seems daunting at first, limit yourself to checking email and social media to every 15 minutes. Once that becomes easy, move it back to every 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and eventually to every hour.

Another healthy habit to get into is keeping devices away from your bed. Many of us are spending more time at home, and healthy boundaries are more important to keep than ever. Bedrooms are for sleeping, living rooms are for living, and the office is for working. Sticking to these rules and your life will improve in more ways than one.

Declutter

Sometimes apps that take us away from the task at hand. Clean out your apps periodically. Delete apps you don’t use anymore, but also consider deleting apps that are available online (Facebook, Pinterest, etc).

One great way to limit how often you pick up your phone is to invest in a smart speaker. This way you can set a timer, listen to podcast, or stream music without getting pulled into a phone blackhole.

Inspiration for this post came from “Digital Decluttering” by Beth Montpas published in the October 2020 issue of American Quilt Retailer.


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