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I am probably a 3. I initially misidentified as a 9. My most intractable problem currently: I have two speeds, TURBO and OFF. I will either be working myself like a slavedriver for some goal (and I enjoy this! I may not look like I do if the work is hard, but it makes me happy), or I will be living slower than I want to, "wasting time" in a way that too often becomes depressing and joyless (reading the same kind of material online past when I stop enjoying it, sometimes all afternoon, etc). There are of course exceptions--if I choose to take a whole day off after tiring work I enjoy it greatly, and sometimes for a week or so I can sustain a reasonable pace of work and enjoyable breaks. But usually I end up reverting sooner or later. I get tired of Off and give myself another deadline and go to Turbo, or I burn out and turn Off.

Every aspect of my work is seasonal (farming/gardening) or project-based (writing) so the downtimes come along regularly, which initially made it hard for me to see myself in the 3 descriptions, especially reading them at a time when I wasn't doing much.

It's too bad b/c during the work times I always greatly look forward to the rest times, but they turn out to be not as good as I thought (except briefly when I hit that sweet spot.)

Is this a common 3 problem? And most importantly, what do you do about it?
 

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@SwallowFeather

I don't see this as distinctly 3 behavior. There are plenty of types that are driven for different reasons. 3s love to achieve because they crave adulation and recognition for their efforts. It seems like you do it because you find it satisfying to be so busy you don't have time for any distractions, like feelings, or thoughts. It sounds to me like being in "turbo mode" makes you feel powerful, decisive, and in control. That's actually more 8ish than 3ish, in my experience.
 
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