Work Life Organization

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Do you know your Myers-Briggs Personality Type? Good news! This month's newsletter covers how to get organized for your Type.

Sarah's Update

Work Life Organization - SWE Region D Conference

SWE Region D

In my former life, I was an engineer. I still am at heart, but now as a professional organizer and coach, I help to engineer people's projects, schedules and offices. I am very proud to be a life member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and equally proud to be the Lead Leadership Coach for the SWE South East Region.

That is why during the first weekend in March, I will be in Knoxville, TN presenting several workshops at the SWE Region D Conference. Two workshops will be focused on section vitality covering topics such as "Succession Planning" and "Managing Different Generations". However, the third workshop will be a Work Life Organization session on "Mastering Your Inbox."

If your inbox could use some mastering, feel free to contact me at: for a complimentary consultation.

Organization Tips

Organization For Your MBTI Type


As an organizer, my clients are often frustrated because most popular organization systems don't seem to work for them. Unfortunately these systems are written with the assumption that one size fits all. When I design an organization system for my clients, I find that taking into account my client's individual preferences makes a huge difference. That is why ask them for their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) preference.

MBTI preferences are used extensively in the corporate world. However, it would take too long to describe all 16 MBTI preferences. If you don't already know your MBTI preferences, you can take the test for free.

Once you have your MBTI prefence results, pay particular attention to the middle two letters (S or N and T or F). These letters indicate how you process information (details or big-picture) and how you make decisions (task or relationship oriented).

After reading about your type, then go to the bottom of this article to focus on your last letter (J or P), which talks about the finer points of your decision making process.

Sensing + Thinking

ST's are practical and matter-of-fact. They are motivated by achieving tangible results. They have strengths in fact finding, decision making and administration.

ST's usually tend to be more organized, but they can get overwhelmed just like everyone else. They do best with systems that have measurable milestones and help them to be more effective.

Sensing + Feeling

SF's are sympathetic and friendly. They are motivated by opportunities to visibly affect other people's lives. They have strengths in observation and human relationships.

SF's are motivated by relationships. They do best with systems that directly improve their responsiveness to their clients, but still have measurable results.

iNtuition + Thinking

NT's are logical and ingenious. They are motivated by a chance to learn and innovate. They have strengths in analysis and designing of systems.

However NT's are can get bogged down and frustrated by the details. They do best with systems that help automate their daily lives but still easily captures all their brilliant ideas for later development.

iNtuition + Feeling

NF's are enthusiastic and insightful. They are motivated by opportunities to inspire or teach others. They have strengths in imagining new ideas and dealing successfully with others.

NF's are also motivated by relationships, but in a broader context. They also do best with systems that automate their daily living and capture broad ideas that they can share with others.

Judging and Perceiving

Finally the last letter in your personality preference J or P is about making decisions in advance or in the moment. J's actually feel better when they have a plan in place, even if it changes. P's like to keep all options open until the last minute, but they are great in a crisis.

J's should do as much upfront work as possible so they can be ready for the inevitable changes that happen on big projects. P's are better off breaking projects into smaller chunks so they don't get overwhelmed when deadlines loom on big projects.

While this article only touches on getting organized for your MBTI personality preference, hopefully it shed some light on why traditional systems didn't work for you. If you want to go deeper, do not hesitate to contact me. Together we can customize your organization system to match your MBTI preferences.

About Sarah

Sarah Kirkish

Sarah Kirkish is a Certified Life Coach and Professional Organizer with over 18 years of corporate project management experience. She understands the needs of both business and technical professionals with her background in engineering and business. Sarah brings a straightforward approach to hold her clients accountable, keep them focused and guide them to measurable success towards their personal goals.

I conduct organizational coaching by phone or in person. My goal is to help busy professionals simplify their lives from the inside out. The solution is usually somewhere in between, let's find it together!
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