Written By Kirsten Moodie
How Each Personality Type Feels About Routine
Having a routine can be a good way to foster healthy habits in your daily lives- but some people find themselves incapable of adhering to repetitive tasks. Here is how each personality type feels about routine.
INFJs are often seen as organized people, but this is usually when they have a set routine. INFJs have complex and constantly active minds, which can cause them to become a bit scattered in the outside world. They can forget certain things if they do not seem overly important to them- and because of this a routine is helpful for the INFJ. INFJs will often have a routine in order to keep things organized and so that they can remember dates or various tasks that need to be done. This helps them keep everything together, since their minds can sometimes take them elsewhere. They might even utilize notes as a way to remind themselves of things that they could otherwise forget.
ENFJs definitely prefer to follow a routine especially when it comes to keeping their lives organized. ENFJs often take on so many tasks at once, and require constant reminders to keep everything together. They likely need some sort of schedule, and an easy way to keep track of this. They probably have various organized notes, and even a digital list of things that need to get done. ENFJs prefer to have a daily routine, or else their delicate world might just fall apart. They are usually the ones holding everything together, so it is important that they keep it all in order.
INFPs might find themselves utilizing a daily routine, as a way to get themselves more organized. This can help the INFP get things in order, but they will likely become bored of it after a while. They might be okay with keeping a simple morning routine, but will still want to switch things up a little bit. INFPs dislike too much order or control, and enjoy being able to try something different. If they feel like they are doing everything exactly the same, it can cause them to feel a sense of meaninglessness. Having some sort of routine is helpful for the INFP, they simply cannot handle a strict schedule.
ENFPs enjoy breaking convention, and might prefer to shake things up. They have certain daily tasks that they don’t mind performing in routine, but they will likely change those up just the slightest bit. They enjoy trying new things, and hate if anything feels too strict. ENFPs will thrive in a job where they can perform different tasks on different days, and hate having to do the same thing each and every day. Routine is not a favorite for the ENFP, and will likely only follow one if it is for the well-being of someone they love.
INTJs prefer routine and schedules if they serve a logical purpose and help to keep things more efficient. They will not simply follow a schedule because someone tells them that they must, and might even break this just to prove that they can. INTJs will be happy to follow a routine that serves a purpose and truly helps get things done properly. They enjoy routine as a way to get the most out of something, and will prefer to set this structure on their own. Being that INTJs are very independent people, the thrive when they can create their own routines, instead of adhering to someone else’s.
ENTJs enjoy having a routine, especially if it helps make the situation more efficient. They desire to get the job done to the highest of standards, and oftentimes a routine can help to accomplish this goal. ENTJs prefer having a schedule, since this helps them to strategically plan out a course of action. ENTJs don’t want their entire lives scheduled though, only their work environment and things related to that. ENTJs know how to have fun in their personal lives, and don’t mind a little spontaneity.
INTPs usually dislike routines very much, and prefer to take things in stride. INTPs do however, understand that routine can be a very helpful tool for getting things done. They might attempt to write out a schedule and a plan, but will have a hard time actually following through with it long term. Sometimes an INTP can begin a schedule and find themselves sticking to it for a while- but eventually they will become bored and need to find something new to explore. INTPs simply hate being locked down to one idea, and become quickly distracted by new possibilities. In theory INTPs might crave the idea of routine, but in reality it is difficult for them to adhere to.
ENTPs are certainly not fans of routine, and likely prefer to break routine whenever they can. They enjoy exploring new possibilities, and become rather easily distracted. They want to be able to try something new, and will feel trapped if they are forced into a strict schedule. ENTPs might attempt to follow a routine if they feel like it makes logical sense to them, but will likely struggle to keep this going for a long time. If their work forces them to follow some sort of routine, the ENTP will likely attempt to find discreet ways out of this.
ISTJs often enjoy having a routine, especially if they feel like it helps them navigate things more efficiently. ISTJs are hardworking people, who truly strive to get the job done to the highest of standards. Having a routine helps the ISTJ to feel prepared for whatever might happen next. They often feel more secure juggling many different subjects when they have a set schedule, which they can adjust when new things arise. ISTJs feel comforted by a routine, and prefer to keep things managed in this way.
ESTJs prefer to keep a schedule in their lives, especially if it is a routine that is efficient and well put together. They dislike inefficiency, which can cause them to truly hate things that are done spontaneously. ESTJs want to get the job done to the highest of standards, and because of this they require a strict routine. They might enjoy exploring new ideas, but will prefer to plan it out before they dive in.
ISFJs prefer routine, especially when it comes to their work lives. They know that being prepared is the best way to help them care for others. ISFJs might feel nervous if they are tossed into a new situation, without the ability to properly navigate it. Having a schedule and a routine, helps the ISFJ feel completely prepared. They care deeply about others, and simply want to make life better for those closest to them. With a somewhat strict routine, ISFJs feel like they are performing their absolute best.
ESFJs might prefer some sort of routine, especially as a way to get things done. If they become too distracted and don’t maintain this routine, some things might start to fall apart. ESFJs often enjoy lists as a way to keep all of their thoughts together so that they can perform the required tasks. They enjoy exploring new things with their loved ones, but will prefer something that they can schedule and prepare for. They might not be extremely strict with their routines, but they do enjoy having them. They do however, have certain things that they can be rather particular about- without even noticing they are doing this.
ISTPs do not mind having small daily routines, but will become frustrated if things become too strict. They understand that having some routines can help to get things done efficiently, but prefer to set these for themselves. Having someone else force the ISTP into a schedule, will likely aggravate them. They like being able to step out of their comfort zone, and a strict routine will not allow them to do this. So a mix of routine and spontaneity, is ideal for the ISTP.
ESTPs often have a hard time following most routines, and prefer to take things as they come. They might however, have small routines that they enjoy following- since they can be a bit particular about certain things. ESTPs enjoy exploring new ideas, and are natural adventurers. Being forced into a strict schedule will be rather difficult for the ESTP to follow, and they will likely be late for everything on their list of things to do.
ISFPs dislike routine, and prefer to take things as they come. They dislike living life in a strict and uptight way, and truly enjoy being able to explore new possibilities. ISFPs are free-spirits, and truly enjoy being able to experience the world around them. Small routines are okay, but being forced into a schedule is nearly impossible for the ISFP. They will likely find themselves late for just about everything, and will become distracted rather easily.
ESFPs dislike routines, and prefer to keep life light and fun. Being forced into a strict schedule is likely to make the ESFP rebel. They cannot live their lives constantly scheduled, and are actually good at taking things as they come. ESFPs are not afraid to navigate something new and unexpected, and will even enjoy coming up with new ways to fix the problem. They hate being forced to follow a routine, and will prefer to be able to try something new.