Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Respond to Deadlines, Based on Your Personality Type
Deadlines can be a vital way to get projects finished for some people, while for others it is simply stressful. Here is how you respond to deadlines, based on your personality type.
INFJs don’t mind having deadlines and often find they are a helpful way to get things done. They like having that sense of structure to help them focus and motivate. INFJs can actually struggle to motivate themselves if they don’t have some sort of deadline and time restraints. They can certainly put deadlines on themselves when it comes to certain projects, but it is a more helpful way to process the situation. INFJs do become stressed with too many deadlines though, and might become a bit overwhelmed in these situations.
ENFJs actually enjoy having deadlines since it helps them maintain a sense of structure. They often have so many things they juggle at once so having a schedule for things helps them keep it together. ENFJs are hardworking people who care deeply about their loved ones and want to provide for them. They often have a long list of things to take care of and want to make sure every deadline is met properly and efficiently. Deadlines are a good way for the ENFJ to keep track of their many errands and projects and to ensure that everything is done in a timely fashion.
INFPs don’t usually enjoy deadlines and might find them a bit overwhelming. On the other hand they might struggle to get things done if they don’t have some sort of deadline. Having this sense of impending doom can actually help motivate the INFP to finish their projects or errands. They aren’t always great at motivating themselves to get things done and often have many other distractions that seem much more intriguing then the things they are required to finish.
ENFPs aren’t really great at motivating themselves to finish things on time, so deadlines can be helpful in this way. There are times when the ENFP might forget their deadlines entirely though, especially if they are distracted by something more interesting. They might need reminders or people to let them know of their impending deadline. ENFPs enjoy being able to do their own thing and often find themselves drawn in different directions. Having a deadline can sometimes be helpful, but other times it leaves the ENFP feeling a bit rebellious.
INTJs don’t really need deadlines in order to get their work finished, but it can be helpful to maintain a sense of structure. Having these deadlines rather stresses the INTJ out, instead it helps them get things done. They are responsible and hardworking people who will not allow distractions to pull them away from something they deem important. They enjoy being able to dive into something and will likely get it finished in the appropriate amount of time, but they do enjoy having extra time to perfect their work.
ENTJs do like having deadlines since it helps them schedule their work and their lives appropriately. They enjoy having some freedoms though and some space to do things on their own terms. ENTJs have a creative side and because of this they don’t want things to be constantly structured. While they don’t need too many restraints ENTJs do benefit from having deadlines. They are efficient people who work hard to ensure that everything around them is taken care of properly and to their own rather high standards.
INTPs can become a bit anxious with deadlines sometimes, and enjoy having freedom to get things done on their own terms. Without some deadlines the INTP will find themselves struggling to finish things in a timely fashion or at all. They do need to have deadlines for certain important projects, or else they might become distracted. INTPs do best when they have reminders for these things, but too many reminders just leaves them feeling more uneasy. INTPs need a combination of deadlines, and also creative freedoms so they can have some sense of independence.
ENTPs do need some deadlines in order to ensure that they can get things finished. Without some structure the ENTP will likely have a hard time getting most things completed in a timely fashion. They become so easily distracted by new things and often become bored with the things they are required to do. ENTPs can struggle with deadlines though, since they prefer to have a sense of freedom in their lives. They want to feel capable of making their own choices, and don’t really enjoy feeling forced into completing things.
ISTJs don’t mind having deadlines and actually enjoy this type of structure. They can handle the pressure rather well and will focus on ensuring that they can get their work finished on time. They are efficient people who believe in finding the best way to finish their projects so that everything works effectively. When it comes to deadlines ISTJs actually do best having this type of schedule so that they can maintain a stronger focus on getting everything finished.
ESTJs do enjoy having deadlines and often prefer having something like this to keep them focused. ESTJs don’t become fearful under pressure and would much rather push themselves to get things done in time. They are motivated and hardworking people who believe in being as efficient as possible. ESTJs will do whatever it takes to work efficiently and push themselves to finish their projects in time and to their own high standards,
ISFJs are definitely good at responding to deadlines on time and efficiently. They often keep things in their life organized and might even prefer to write things done in order to maintain a sense of structure. ISFJs don’t become overwhelmed with deadlines and often enjoy being able to keep track of things this way. Without having some sort of deadline it can be more challenging for them to keep things organized properly, so they certainly are helpful for the ISFJ.
ESFJs often require deadlines in order to finish things and get them done in a timely fashion. They usually have a handful of things on their plate, and might become overwhelmed if they don’t have some sort of structure. Having deadlines can help the ESFJ keep track of which things need to be done first and which things can wait a little longer. They are hardworking people who simply want to be sure to care for their loved ones without disappointing them in any way.
ISTPs are definitely procrastinators but they will certainly do what they can to get things done in time. They might put off certain tasks that they don’t find important, but will work hard to take care of the vital responsibilities. ISTPs simply don’t enjoy constant structure in their lives and enjoy the freedom to do whatever they please. They are independent people who can become a bit frustrated when others are constantly reminding them of their deadlines.
ESTPs do require deadlines in order to get things finished, but they will likely save everything until the last minute. They are procrastinators and enjoy being able to live in the moment without constant stress. ESTPs don’t want to struggle to get things done, they simply have a hard time motivating themselves. They will likely handle their deadlines by leaving things until the last minute, but will somehow get everything finished.
ISFPs don’t really enjoy having deadlines looming over them and prefer to have a sense of freedom in their lives. While ISFPs will do what they can to take care of their important responsibilities, it can be challenging for them sometimes. They don’t like feeling stressed to get things done by a certain time and would rather have some space and the ability to take their time. They might require a deadline though, and plenty of reminders when it comes to vital tasks.
ESFPs can become a little frustrated with deadlines and prefer having the freedom to live in the present. With a looming deadline the ESFP can become anxious or event forget about it entirely. They often need plenty of reminders in order to finish their projects and their tasks in a timely fashion. They enjoy living in the moment and want their lives to be filled with new experiences.