One of the most common misconceptions about ENTPs is that we don’t use lists. You know, stuff like task lists. Being a huge fan of lists (and currently mastering the art of bullet journaling) I’ve been wondering if this trait of mine was characteristically non-ENTP. But you know what? I don’t think it is.
Here’s the thing with lists (and also the reason I tell people not to take quantitative personality tests too seriously): there’s a variety of reasons to use them. Many people mistakenly believe that using lists is a sign of ‘J’: lists are seen as a way to create clarity, define a plan that is to be followed. And I’m not going to argue: they certainly can be. For me, it’s different.
As a true ENTP, I have a huge amount of things I want to do on any given day. It certainly doesn’t help that I’m an independent professional, which gives me a lot of freedom. For example, today I need to work on a client assignment, but I also want to write a blog for this site, a blog for my other site, check out some website on vacancies, post a signed agreement, put on the dish washer, finally fold the laundry, pole dance, read a book on becoming happy and write another 2k for my NaNoWriMo story. And yes, that’s a list.
Since my mind is usually all over the place, pursuing different passions like a horde of young Labradors playing with fall leaves (thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert), the amount of stuff I want to do in a given day usually exceeds the amount of time available (my boyfriend actually got me a sign that says: “More ideas than time”; his ability to get my weirdness is an everlasting source of wonder for me). But – and I’m guessing most of you can relate – I usually don’t let such things stop me. Who says you can’t do everything? Of course you can (ahum, yes, I try to squeeze in some sleep as well)!
And that’s where lists come in for me. Rather than a plan I need to follow through, lists allow me to put my thoughts on paper and then systemize the crap out of them, allowing me to work more efficiently and get more things done. And honestly? The getting things done is actually more of a rationalization: I just enjoy discovering systems in my tasks.
If you’re still reading and you’re like: “hey… that sounds vaguely familiar!”… You’re right! Systemizing IS something very dear to the heart of most ENTPs. So the reason why I use lists, is pretty typical for my type.
What about you guys? Do you use lists? Any of you even do bullet journaling?