Big Picture Time Management Personality Preference vs. Perfectionist Plus Time Management Personality Style Preference
The Big Picture and Perfectionist Plus time management personality types are related to the ways in which you attend to details:
When it comes to time management, details matter to some, and are glossed over by others. Attending to details has to do with several things:
- How you maintain perspective over your life’s goals, tasks and commitments,
- How you use your energy day to day,
- How you move between priorities and
- How you create balance when you have multiple tasks and responsibilities.
Big Picture time management personality type people love overviews and a broad sweep approach.
One of my first clients, a contractor for whom this style was dominant, called me up the day after he lost a check for $10,000 somewhere on his massively piled desk. His first solution was to order a second desk but fortunately someone in his office suggested that maybe he should try a simple organizing system first.
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Details are definitely not the strong suit of Big Picture people. They’d rather spend their time on global strategies and spontaneous action. Their lofty vision and fast-paced approach to life can cause them to overlook or ignore essential small pieces.
Big Picture People do best with associates or assistants who can follow through on tasks. My contractor client was persuaded to hire a part-time secretary who would maintain control over his desk and make sure that financial items were handled in a secure manner. It doesn’t really matter to Big Picture people HOW something is taken care of, as long as it’s taken care of by someone other than themselves. Now we’ll compare this to the time style preference that seems most opposite to Big Picture
Perfectionist Plus time management personalities love details!
The Perfectionist Plus time management personality style type spends many (often too many) hours making sure that something is taken care of exactly as s/he would like it. Because of very high personal standards, Perfectionist Plus personality types believe that they should be able to do nearly everything themselves. In addition, their perfectionistic tendencies leave very little room for ‘good enough’. They believe they should do everything they attempt well.
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The secret to managing time successfully for this Perfectionist Plus personality types is to carefully distinguish between high and low priority activities so that there is a continual focus on those with the highest payoff. It’s also important for them to learn how to say no, and to delegate tasks where possible so that they have room on their plate for the things they most enjoy.
One of my Perfectionist Plus clients is a high-energy mother of two young boys. In addition, she runs a small law practice and volunteers in several organizations extensively. She was able to keep up with her over-crowded schedule until she was diagnosed with a chronic condition that has forced her to cut back on her activities. She frantically contacted me because she found it impossible to decide which pursuits to maintain and which to backburner or bow out of. She also had difficulty grasping the concept of “good enough” as opposed to the best she could possibly do. These small shifts in her attitude and habits made BIG changes for her overall feelings. She was able to lower her stress and feel much more in control of her time.
In the same way that personality matures, Time Management Styles develop over a lifetime of experience, learning, trial and error.
Perfection Plus personality types, find it especially difficult to accept lowered standards in any area of their lives. In fact, there are many times when this time management personality type bleeds over into other areas of life.
In my client’s case, we agreed that it would be better for her to do fewer activities and do each well, than to be scattered and feeling behind the 8-ball. She decided to maintain her business at its current level but to eliminate those of her volunteer activities that didn’t involve her children, until they were older. At that point she would re-assess her time expenditures and her preferences.
To conclude, each person has natural time management habits, skills, and tendencies. Regardless of your style, it’s definitely possible, whether you’re a Big Picture person or a Perfectionist Plus time personality type, to stay true to your style and manage time effectively. Many times you’ll find that simple habits stand in the way and may even derail your productivity and sense of well-being.
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What you can do to find out more and take steps to master time.
Once you identify your dominant time management personality types (Hopper™, Hyper Focus™, Big Picture™, Perfectionist Plus™, Impulsive™, or a Cliff Hanger™) you’ll instantly gain lifelong insights into how you have used your time, and can begin to take steps to integrate more Flow Steps into your experience.
The revolutionary online assessment tool: Time & Space Style Inventory™ (TSSI™) evaluates your time style preferences and how you manage priorities, attend to details, and take action. By learning your dominant and strong style preferences, you can make the most of your time and choose to take actions that increase flow in your life. Consistently taking the Flow Steps in your styles of dominance will help you successfully manage yourself, and make better decisions so you can finally master time.
Share What Works For You In The Comments!
What about these two style preferences resonates for you? Do you have any examples, tricks or techniques to share of your own? I invite you to pull back the curtain and reveal your time management techniques that work to manage your time in the comments section below! Help others learn by your examples of how you EMBRACE your natural style and are most productive!
Make it work for you – take the Time & Space Style Inventory™ and identify your time and space styles and enjoy your life. OR give it a free trial at http://bit.ly/tssifree. Cena Block (sanespaces.com) specializes in helping moms design work on their own terms and build smart supportive systems that create time for living. A business coach and author, Cena has collaborated with professional organizer and author Sunny Schlenger (suncoach.com) to create the Time & Space Style Inventory™ – a tool that identifies your natural time and organizing personality types and helps you to create a personalized roadmap to manage your time and space for life.