Changing Important Habits Based on Your Personality

One of the things we help our Living Peace clients with is to change habits.  Big ones include putting things back in their home when you are done with them, regular filing, and being aware of how many new items are coming into the home (e.g. retail therapy vs. buying things that are actually needed/will be used/have a place to put them).

Coming from an HR background, I have been exposed to a number of different personality models that help predict behavior (e.g. Myers-Brigg, DiSC), and how people will (or won’t) work together based on how well their behavior styles interact.  One of the major takeaways is that different things motivate different people, and if you want to be successful, you should try and utilize those strengths.

I came across this article by Gretchen Rubin. (I’ve reviewed one of her books, Happier at Home, in the past. And also enjoyed the Happiness Project), author of The Four Tendencies. The article has a link to her quiz about what your tendency is, and from there, you can read about the best strategies for changing an important habit that work best for your tendency.

For instance, I was not surprised to find out that I am a Questioner.  Therefore, the strategies of Clarity, Monitoring, Distinction, and Loophole-Spotting might work well for me as I go about changing a habit.  Those strategies make sense to me and I can see how they would be supportive.  However, they might not work for someone who is a Rebel.

What is your tendency?  Let us know in the comments!

About Melissa Belliard

Melissa is committed to helping her clients find the organizing system that works for them, with compassion and creativity. She has been helping her friends and family get organized for years, and loves decluttering closets and cabinets, especially for empty nesters and folks who are downsizing. Melissa brings her 16 years of experience as a Human Resources professional to her work, including compassionate listening, leadership, and creative problem-solving skills. Melissa is also a part-time massage therapist, and has raised two great kids. She loves being out in nature, listening to music and dancing, as well as bringing women together in community.

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