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How one ESFP learned to minimize distractions

How one ESFP learned to minimize distractions

By Donna Dunning

Here is a story from my website by a reader with ESFP preferences. The story shows how the woman learned to deal with distraction and separate her home and work roles.

Personality Type: ESFP

“When I jumped into the fast paced world of sales, I experienced difficulty juggling my personal life with my work life. I was working from home, which made it so challenging to create separation between the two. I found it nearly impossible to even enjoy a television program while my work was staring right at me. My cell phone was a personal and work number, so even if I left the house, it would not stop ringing, all day, all night! Both situations lead to increased stress levels and feeling burnt out and defeated all the time… I knew I needed to change something! I started with re-organizing my workspace.

Although it was organized before, I needed to adjust it so that nothing was visible. All of my files were moved inside of file drawers rather than on open racks and office supplies were tucked away. It was no longer an overwhelming feeling as I would come home and stare at what needs to be done! I then activated another cell phone that would be specifically for my personal use. When I wasn’t working on weekends and/or evenings, I would completely shut off my work cell phone, put my files away and not even look at them until the following workday.

I noticed right away I was feeling better and could actually take my time off to re-coup and relax. I learned that if you can’t leave your work at the office, you have to find a new way to leave your work, in my case, shut off and tucked away!”

If you found this career story interesting or helpful, there is one other post that you might like to read under Responder Career Success Stories and Strategies.

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I would greatly appreciate more stories from people with preferences for ESTP and ESFP. If these are your preferences, please consider adding your own career story to the post.

My Narratives of Type: Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs) page has additional quotes from people with these personality type preferences.

Looking for work that attracts ESFPs? Check out the Occupations that Attract Responders page.

My Responders at Work post shares ideas of what ESFPs look for at work.

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Check out the Personality Type tab at the top of the page to find more information on your personality type preferences.

An extensive discussion of personality type and career choice can be found in my book What’s Your Type of Career?

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One Response to “How one ESFP learned to minimize distractions”

  1. Suzanne says:

    I work with many ESFPs – but they are for the most part, students in the college/post-secondary education system, so they are still quite young and inexperienced. For the most part, they are not yet into their careers – or they don’t yet know for certain which career direction they will take.
    For this particular cross section of ESFPs, I have noticed their cell phone (and texting) use focuses on their FMO – fear of missing out. They are highly social people at this age, and the idea that they may miss a call, message, or opportunity to be part of someone else’s life causes great distraction in the classroom, and often, a lack of commitment to their studies.

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