You’re a natural team player and enjoy bouncing ideas off of your colleagues and clients. You thrive in the presence of other like-minded creatives and genuinely love the people you work with. Your motivation and energy levels increase as you present your ideas to others and get instant feedback from the person(s) you work with.
As a collaborative person, you don’t mind receiving constructive criticism. In fact, you’d rather be told how to improve as a professional than simply get a pat on the back. Feedback and constant communication ensure that you spend your time wisely at work.
Your work time is YOUR time. You learn best when no one is breathing down your neck and you're free to create what you want to create. You like being your own boss and excel at it too. (*High-five!*) This, of course, doesn’t mean that you're a bad collaborator. It just means that you get your best work done independently. You've always been a self-starter, and you take pride in being able to figure out the solutions to problems on your own. (*High-five again!*)
As a DIY productivity type, you tend to work best in a cozy, personal office space that inspires you to keep creating. (Think, motivational posters, whiteboards, sticky notes, etc.) You may have already established a “rhythm," but it's important to check in with yourself from time to time. Evaluate your systems and see if there are any areas where you can be more efficient.
Whether you work for yourself or for a company, you're a planner by nature and you live by your planner too. You NEED to stay organized as a creative professional and you like to know what you're getting yourself into before starting a project. You’re a fan of apps or traditional planners and nothing makes you happier than checking off boxes on your to-do list. Your calendar is always up-to-date with appointments, events, and other important tasks.
What else? Clients and colleagues value you for your research skills, reliability, and laser-focused personality. You’re not only a planner but you’re also a goal-oriented person. You keep track of the moving parts of a project while always keeping in mind the bigger picture. You feel most productive when you’ve done your research.
Although it might sound counterintuitive, your productivity type is Spontaneous! You gravitate towards flexible and/or fast-paced work environments (e.g. startups), as well as situations that require you to think on your feet or wear many different hats. People value you for your openness to new ideas and your ability to roll with the punches.
In fact, you love a good challenge and your mantra is to "play things by ear.” While you do like having some structure in your work, you dread feeling stifled. You prefer not to stay in the same environment for extended periods of time and enjoy moving around. For spontaneous folks like yourself, putting your “nose to the grindstone” doesn't equate to sitting at a desk for hours. Doing so will only kill your creativity.