Bookish Strength: Discipline

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We are on to the next strength in my 34 list of Clifton Strengths*: Discipline! When I first saw this on my list, I was honestly disappointed and somewhat alarmed! I thought immediately that it meant that I liked to discipline others! I couldn’t have been more wrong. The more I dove into the theme, the more it made sense that it is about self-discipline and organization. My Type-A nature falls seamlessly into this theme for sure haha.

In a nutshell, this is what Discipline is all about:

You enjoy routine and structure. Your world is best described by the order you create.

These qualities are super helpful as I plan out my blog, the books I am reading next, and creating processes for efficiency in all things bookish. You may have noticed that I have planning retreats twice a year for the blog – my favorite part is actually planning it…. not necessarily doing it! Choosing the location, date, time, supplies needed, goals to be achieved, etc. excites the crap out of me. This happens at work as well, I get hyped for the early stages of a project, figuring out my timeline, making checklists, and explaining my plan to others. Then, when it’s time to implement, I’m out haha. I like being behind the scenes and then moving on with a different project so I can plan that too. I feel in another life I was an event planner, or, better yet, a travel agent!

Instinctively, you might have a reputation with some people for accomplishing whatever needs to be done. Perhaps you speed up the process for handling certain kinds of repetitious chores by creating an easy-to-understand series of steps. Maybe the processes you create are designed to produce similar outcomes, regardless of the person who performs the steps.

I get sh*t done. Period. And I LOVE that feeling, especially when it is done WAY in advance or that people know and aren’t surprised when something is already done. My favorite tools to keep me on track, especially for blogging, are Trello, a paper planner, and GoogleCalendar. I schedule out every aspect of my day, for the most part. Working so far ahead is helpful, so I can have some down time…. to get other stuff done haha. I love the feeling at the end of the day knowing that I earned being tired because of all that I have accomplished.

Transition binders are amazing, especially building them. I like leaving the process I used behind so anyone coming in can follow the directions easily with room for them to change things as they go. At least they have a starting point and nothing will fall through the cracks since I’ve outlined every task and deadline. All of these can also lead to some conflict:

Because of your need for predictability and control, others might view you as rigid and inflexible. Try not to automatically dismiss ideas that do not directly fit into the neat framework you have created.

As much as you thrive on structure and organization, others thrive on the freedom to innovate. Be careful about expecting others to follow any structure you put in place.

When I get excited (and even stressed) I go into high-planning mode. It’s all about details, details, details. If I am trying to finish a book/blog post by a certain day/time, I will be thrown off if other things pop up, and then I need to spend time reprioritizing and figuring out when I can get all of it done – what it is and is not realistic. I do my best to stick to a plan but I have been working on being adaptable, especially with the people I care about. For the last bit, I do get upset if I put all this work in to a plan, and then it is not used or is completely altered. I really do need to work on not getting my hopes up and being ok if what I came up with is not the way for others.

Next time, we will tackle my #4 strength – Restorative.

What are your (bookish) strengths?

*To learn more and to take the assessment yourself, check out the Clifton Strengths site (This is not meant to be an advertisement! As you read about Input, you can see that I love to share resources and information 🙂 )

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