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This is a discussion on Practical tips to deal with ENFP “weakenesses” within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I was just trying to get done with something repetitive and boring and realized I have something else that I ...

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    I was just trying to get done with something repetitive and boring and realized I have something else that I now watch for to add to the discussion: Basically the music or whatever it is that I turn on in the background has to give me the right level of distraction for the task. It has to be semi-interesting but also kind of old-hat for some tasks. Or highly interesting depending on other tasks. If whatever task I’m doing requires my eyes then it needs to not have a visual component because otherwise I’m too tempted (like a music video on my phone is too much). If the ideas are too interesting and new then it will be too distracting for certain tasks.

    Here is kind of a synopsis:

    Task needs high concentration= Use music I have heard a million times and that won’t make me sing with, pod casts that aren’t too amazing and that I have already heard and know are low-level for me. This is also good stuff to fall asleep to— books on tape that I’ve heard a few times and love.

    Task needs medium-level concentration: A pod-cast that I know is amusing but the ideas aren’t too novel. Or a book on tape that is pretty run-of-the-mill.

    Task is low-level concentration and repetitive and boring like laundry, dishes, cleaning, sorting, etc. =. We need a life-saving life-giving amount of brain stimulation. Save your funniest or most enthralling books on tape, exciting pod-casts, fascinating new idea-type speakers. Save your best stuff for this. OR call a beloved and deep friend who you adore talking to and put them on speaker. Your best stuff needs to be sent in like troops on the beach of Normandy.
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    Being an "effective" ENFP (for what it's worth) requires both a charge of self-discipline, and lifestyle simplification.
    Struggled with that one for years, haha.
    Currently, I have two schedule-tracking apps on my phone-- Google Calendar, where time-sensitive appointments, to-dos, etc. are docketed; and Habitica, a habit-tracking/routine + to-do list, where anything less urgent goes.
    Everything is recorded as soon as the thought enters my mind.

    Generally, planning at least a day ahead is really beneficial.

    I also have a workday "closure" deadline, turn in roughly 2 hours later, and rise routinely.
    Eating decently healthy, while cutting down on caffeine/sugar, helps.
    The more you simplify, the easier it gets.

    TLDR: Get modern technology to do most of the gruntwork. ;)
    Last edited by Eugenia Shepherd; 08-17-2019 at 06:15 PM.

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    INTJ

    If you are an ENFP, then just be friends with an INTJ/INTP, you shall be relieved 😂
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    I finally understood this year the utility of calendar, notebook, and all. No it's not some clever torture devices like I believed as a child almost till now, but a great help and stress relief if I want to be able to remember meetings etc. So I now own 2 calendars (a monthly one, gift from a friend in Czech rep., a weekly one with cats and quotes gift from my brother), use the electronic one with alarm in my tablet + the memo, 2 watches and one clock (currently broken but hey...that's the idea which count ?).

    Like many said before, an healthy diet (less sugar, less coffee), a regular sleep schedule is important too. I still have unbalanced rhythm of life, but globally I did progress.

    Also, to remember to take one small bite at time, I still have the tendency to get excited by activities, and to increase it (because all these new opportunities are fun), and end up burned out.

    Now I wonder, is time and routine a weakness of ENFP or simply everyone's else one ?

    @Sanvi haha interesting, which advices could you offer offer as a friend to an ENFP ? Thanks !
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    INFP

    As far as being forgetful, it always helps me out to do something I don't normally do to help me remember things .

    Ex. I wear a rubber band on my left wrist, anytime I have to remember to run an errand, make a call, or something, I put the rubberband on my right wrist then go about my day, at some point in the day I look at my hand and go "Why is this rubberband not in it's usual spot." and boom, that will trigger a memory and I'll instantly know the reason why and remember the errand.

    And this works for my ENTP roomate, he leaves things in my car all the time, so I told him instead of putting things in the backseat, put them by his feet so once he leaves the car he'll probably end up kicking the thing and remember to take it with him. At first he told me that was silly but it works everytime lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Pixel View Post
    As far as being forgetful, it always helps me out to do something I don't normally do to help me remember things .

    Ex. I wear a rubber band on my left wrist, anytime I have to remember to run an errand, make a call, or something, I put the rubberband on my right wrist then go about my day, at some point in the day I look at my hand and go "Why is this rubberband not in it's usual spot." and boom, that will trigger a memory and I'll instantly know the reason why and remember the errand.

    And this works for my ENTP roomate, he leaves things in my car all the time, so I told him instead of putting things in the backseat, put them by his feet so once he leaves the car he'll probably end up kicking the thing and remember to take it with him. At first he told me that was silly but it works everytime lol.
    The rubber band, I will try it, even if I'm thinking there is still the possibility of forgetting to simply move it. Did it happened to you ?
    Your point about your ENTP friend made me think that one way I improved the "lost/forgot things" aspect in my life was by reducing the things I carry, and to always put each item back were it was, usually the same pocket when I'm out. I still have trouble, but few and usually it is less impact fun than when I wasn't doing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noyau Obscur View Post
    The rubber band, I will try it, even if I'm thinking there is still the possibility of forgetting to simply move it. Did it happened to you ?
    Your point about your ENTP friend made me think that one way I improved the "lost/forgot things" aspect in my life was by reducing the things I carry, and to always put each item back were it was, usually the same pocket when I'm out. I still have trouble, but few and usually it is less impact fun than when I wasn't doing this.
    Well I move the rubber band the minute I have the thought before I have a chance to forget, because I will forget if I don't. I try to put things in my way that I will inevitably come across so I don't have to remember it, it will just catch my attention and trigger the memory.

    Like I forget random appointments all the time. So I put a thumbtack on the specific day on my calender and hang my keys on the thumbtack, I know I'm guaranteed to look for my keys, each spot is different so when I look for my keys and I find it in a different spot I ask "Why are they here instead of the usual spot?" and bam I remember because of appointment. I put my keys on the thumbtack the minute I think of the appointment because I know I'll forget later if I don't. Anything that disrupts my autopilot will help trigger a memory, because if not then I'll just go through the day on autopilot like it's a normal day and forget I had this random appointment or made this random promise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Pixel View Post
    Well I move the rubber band the minute I have the thought before I have a chance to forget, because I will forget if I don't. I try to put things in my way that I will inevitably come across so I don't have to remember it, it will just catch my attention and trigger the memory.

    Like I forget random appointments all the time. So I put a thumbtack on the specific day on my calender and hang my keys on the thumbtack, I know I'm guaranteed to look for my keys, each spot is different so when I look for my keys and I find it in a different spot I ask "Why are they here instead of the usual spot?" and bam I remember because of appointment. I put my keys on the thumbtack the minute I think of the appointment because I know I'll forget later if I don't. Anything that disrupts my autopilot will help trigger a memory, because if not then I'll just go through the day on autopilot like it's a normal day and forget I had this random appointment or made this random promise.
    The rubber band, if I don't forgot to try, I will try it definitively, because it could be a fun way to remind me even when I don't have my tablet/paper pen on me, which happens regularly now.
    The thumbtack idea is a nice one too ! I have an almost similar way, I always leave my wallet next to my calendar so each time before going out, i end up checking my appointments. It works ! It's reassuring to read that others have similar trouble with remembering appointment etc, and all the little ways to help. Thank you !
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  10. #19
    ENFP

    I don't use any electronical gadgets or other direct means to have some order and planning but I always do some things in a certain way - for example, put wallet and keys always to the same place when I'm home or same pocket when I'm outside and so on. And then double-triple-check it :) I guess that type of approach are so-called micro-routines to compensate lack of natural order :)

    Also I don't make notes about dates of meetings, gatherings etc but haven't missed a thing doing that way. On rare occasions I do send email to myself with a note and then don't dismiss notifications about that till I'm done with that stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarmonk View Post
    I don't use any electronical gadgets or other direct means to have some order and planning but I always do some things in a certain way - for example, put wallet and keys always to the same place when I'm home or same pocket when I'm outside and so on. And then double-triple-check it :) I guess that type of approach are so-called micro-routines to compensate lack of natural order :)

    Also I don't make notes about dates of meetings, gatherings etc but haven't missed a thing doing that way. On rare occasions I do send email to myself with a note and then don't dismiss notifications about that till I'm done with that stuff.
    Thanks for sharing Tarmonk, well micro routine, I found this when looking about it https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/0*T_LzZVB-_aYKT3m_. Hmm, sometimes I notice that being over excited about something make me forgot stuff, for example when planning my day to Paris, I totally forgot about a meeting and almost missed another one. Lucky that people are usually understanding, but still. I though adulthood would bring a stop to this, but no, aie.


     
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