How to Make an ISTJ Calm and Happy
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The increase in output may be because, as pastor and author Mark Batterson often says, "change of place + change of pace = change in perspective." However, I think something else is influencing me. When I am out of my house I am not distracted by messes, dishes, house chores, or clutter; my mind is completely free to focus on the task I want to accomplish.
In addition to Batterson's creativity axiom, here are a couple little formulas that I've found hold true for me:
Cleanliness = Creativity and Calmness.
Organized home = Organized mind.
Simply put, I function best when my environment feels under control. This feeling of control comes in many different forms. I feel like things are under control when my surroundings are clean and organized. I feel like things are under control when I have a good grasp of the subject matter or the objectives and strategy of the task at hand. Serving or working under a strong leader with a clear vision creates a feeling of control. None of these scenarios erase times of stress and ambiguity, but they all help me to navigate those times with more confidence and calmness.
On the Myers-Briggs personality assessment tests I am scored as a ISTJ. In a nutshell that means I am orderly, detail oriented, structured, routined and energized by having times of aloneness. It doesn't mean I can't be spontaneous, social, or big picture. It also doesn't mean that I never have any fun - contrary to the opinion of some (you know who you are)! :)
For an ISTJ, it is important to create a sense of control through organization, cleanliness, and orderliness. All these things matter to an ISTJ and they influence the ISTJ's attitude, behavior and state of mind in a dynamic way that shouldn't be overlooked.