Hi everyone I'm an INFP, sixteen years old, and a junior in high school. I take harder classes and I know I'm capable of being excellent. HOWEVER, I plan on getting things done asap, and as I plan to start, I distract myself for a second and end up trying to get things done at the last minute because I waited for so long. Being productive and managing my time wisely can be a big problem for me. I don't know if being an INFP has to do with it? People say things like "Just don't procrastinate." That makes no sense. How can you tell a procrastinater not to procrastinate and expect all their problems to go away. I hate always wanting instant gratification whenever I plan on doing something to benefit my future. How can I actually motivate myself and stick with my plan whenever I wish?


Mary.Perfitt.nelson says...

I am an ENFP. People love to say the same thing to me. They also like to give me tips on how to organize. I find that those giving these suggestions are typically not NFPs. Their suggestions work for them, but usually not for me. I think you need to figure out what will work for you and try really hard to stick with it.

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Hi there,
I am literally in the same boat as you (an INFP and junior in high school!). I've tried everything... to-do lists, egg timers, you name it. Some "tactics" work for a short time, but they don't stick. I agree with the commenter above that people who aren't NFPs often think what works for them will work for everyone. Anyway, here are a few things that have worked for me:

In terms of classes, only do what you're interested in. I made the mistake of taking Earth Science this year because it was rumored to be the easiest science course (and I pretty much hate science class, which I imagine is true for a lot of INFPs). However, although the course is incredibly easy, I literally have no motivation in that class and can barely complete the homework. Now I wish I'd taken advanced Chemistry, which would have been more work but would have been SO much more interesting to me. So basically, passion and interest are more important when choosing classes than the perceived "hardness" of a class (and in fact you will naturally do better in classes that interest you).

I've also found that making a "running To Do List" for the whole week is more effective than making one for each day, because as a procrastinator, a lot of things I intend to do one day end up being done the next day. This way I don't feel super discouraged when I look at my list at the end of the day and see that I've only done half the things I meant to.

Figure out which time of day you're most productive. For me this is from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. That way you can do the most mentally demanding assignments then.

Make use of study halls, free periods, etc (but don't use them to do homework that's due the same day... I'm guilty of this).

Most of all, don't beat yourself up if you procrastinate once in a while.

Good luck! :-)

nabeeha22 says...

I totally agree with taking classes that I know will interest me because I have a terrible habit of drifting off and daydreaming when something doesn't interest me the slightest. I've decided that from now on I am no longer taking anything that I know won't interest me even if it looks good on applications. Instead the best thing to do is take advanced programs for classes you are passionate about. And I do like science but it depends on which kind. I personally despise sciences like chemistry and physics, liked earth science, but liked biology the most. But the reason I don't get things done seems to mainly be that I think about the assignments I have for classes I don't like, think, "can I really do this?" and want to escape working all together because of it. When it comes to classes I do like the work is fine and I know I can do it without much of a problem. It all comes down to confidence for me. When I genuinely feel I can do something, I do it.

Guest (not verified) says...

Destination procrastination! That's my motto, even if it's a bit shameful. As an INFP, I understand the procrastination trouble, but I find that I usually work best under pressure. However, if you value your sanity and don't want to deal with the stress of the frantic memorization the hour before the test, a To-Do list is a must. It's the only way an INFP can remember all of the shit they need to get done. Take this To-Do list and all your books to a nice quiet place, turn on some nice mellow tunes (sometimes I even find a white noise/binaural beats soundtrack if I really need to focus) and DO NOT LEAVE until you finish your To-Do list. Make a monthly calendar and plan out the days you need to study before a test, otherwise you will have that awful moment where you realize your test is tomorrow and you haven't even started the reading. If I really want to nail a test, I plan to get 10 hours of studying before hand and plan out what days I need to go to the library. A nice visual calendar with checkboxes is key. Trust me, I'm not organized but my calendar is beautiful and also the only reason I'm not failing. I can vouch for this! (4.0 in college all because of this calendar I tell you).

The bottom line is that you need to be motivated enough to force yourself to manage your time. It's hard but worth it!

dunkie22 says...

Maybe you are an ADHD INFP. Or maybe it is taking all the classes that is not your thing. I graduated from high school with a 2.5 average. Then I went to a community college and studied psychology..graduated with a 3.96. I then went to the University of Virginia where I studied special education. I did well because I was interested. Before I waited until the last minute, didn't pay attention, and really did not care. That was not a problem in college.

nabeeha22 says...

Hey everyone! I actually found out a while ago that I've had chronic depression since I was a child and it appears to be the reason behind my more recent difficulties in school and life in general. I intend to start the right treatment this summer so I can get back on the right track. I know I am capable of being a great student by the time I'm in college, as I was a good student before. Though I won't be taking the plan I intended to take when I was fourteen, things have changed and I've learned much more about myself. I plan on going to community college and then transferring to my top choice college to study Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing {I'd love to be a writer someday!}. Thanks for all the advice and input. I really appreciated it. To Dunkie22, Interesting. I plan to go to community college and to transfer to American University. My older brother went to UVA. I actually had my mind set to go there straight from high school when I was a freshman but I've changed my mind since.

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