By Anne B.
Hey, hey, hey Ramblers! Hope you are all doing well! I don’t know about you guys, but it is finally starting to warm up in Montréal. We are finally seeing some positive C temperatures and sun! I am so excited for Spring and Summer, but before I can go out and have fun, I, unfortunately, have A TON of papers, presentations, and one final exam! Besides a lot of coffee, one thing that I am going to utilize in order to get everything done is to effectively use my strengths and personality type.
If you’ve listened to yesterday’s podcast, then you already know all about Clifton Strengths and the Myers-Briggs personality test. As I mentioned in the podcast, my top 5 strengths are includer, input, positivity, adaptability, and achiever, with the strongest strength being includer. For the Myers- Briggs personality test, I got ENFJ-T which stands for Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging, and Turbulent.
Now, that’s a lot of words and you’re probably wondering how am I going to use all of these to help me finish my semester strong? By using the good aspects of my strengths and avoiding the bad aspects.
Let’s take input, for instance. Having input as a strength is very useful for all the research papers and presentations I have coming up. Input means that I enjoy collecting information, ideas, and maybe even relationships. I’m going to use the collecting and researching part of this strength to help me find all the references I need for my papers and presentations.
On the other hand, one of the negative aspects of input is that you can easily find yourself going down a black hole of curiosity, whether it be science or Netflix. As Patrick says in the podcast, the input strength can also be a weakness because it can lead to Netflix or YouTube binges, or whatever else entertains you. So, I will need to be very careful to not get sucked into an entertainment binge by sticking to a study schedule. Thanks to my more Judging personality (Myers-Briggs), I am a pretty organized and structured person. This probably explains why I love google calendar and scheduling everything. I typically organize my week so that there are time slots for working on school, working on my research, working out, appointments and then social/ entertainment time. Having time slots will keep me focused and hopefully prevent any downward spirals.
Many of my other strengths like positivity, includer, and adaptability, as well as being more on the extroverted side, will help me with building relationships and getting through group projects. According to 16 personalities, people with the ENFJ personality are “natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma.” While I do agree with full of passion and maybe a bit of leadership, I’m not sure where my charisma went because y’all know I am awkward as f*ck.
Nevertheless, I am going to channel my inner Oprah and Obama (yes, both are ENFJ hehe), and lead my group project to hopefully an A! Funny enough, even though we did name a team captain at the start of all of this, I have found myself having to take the initiative to actually start things in the past few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to take the team captain title away from anyone… but I do want to get this project rolling seeing that it is due next week. I finally reached out to the group and scheduled a time and place for all of us to meet, I created the google doc and started formatting our project paper. I haven’t started our presentation or creative “toolkit” aspect of the project yet though. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, this sounds as if you’re going to take on the whole project by yourself”. One of the weaknesses of ENFJ type people is that they often take on a lot of unnecessary burden in order to help out others. However, this obviously results in ENFJ’s thinning themselves out too much. In the past, I probably would have taken on the whole project, but I know that if I do, I would burn myself out and I’m honestly trying to not let that happen anymore. So no matter how the group meeting actually goes, I will probably make sure that roles are delegated left and right before the end of it *insert make it rain meme*.
Last but not least, I have always been one of those people that is eager to improve, who likes to be productive, and who will work her a** off to get what she wants. Makes sense why I would be a Turbulent person and have the achiever strength. I will use these traits to push me to do well on my last assignments, presentations, and exam, while still staying on top of my research project and other work stuff.
I hope this little blog post helped you all see how you can use the knowledge of your strengths and personality type to help you succeed in school as well as avoid the negative aspects of some of these traits. I wish you all so much success, whether you are a student or not!
Let me know if you’ve taken these tests and what you got in the comments!
Finish Strong and Ramble On!