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Why Knowing What Type Of Person You Are Is Critical To Your Success And Productivity

There’s an art to living in the present while putting your head down, pumping out some results, and moving with some sense of urgency to accomplish what needs to be done to succeed.

But then again, what’s success without happiness? And what are those most important parts of our happiness? The people that matter to us. If those parts of our happiness are neglected, then the accomplishment just doesn’t mean as much.

For example, being with your kids is of Level 10 importance as is having a wonderful relationship with your significant other, but so is staying healthy and fit, that new project you’re trying to launch, and, of course, making money, yes?

But just because they’re all equally important doesn’t mean we’re obligated to give them all equal time. You’re not going to be with your kids 24/7 unless you’re a stay-at-home parent or they’re a bit younger. It might be just 30 minutes of quality time you get with them during the week, or whatever. It doesn’t take 30 hours.

In terms of your significant other, let’s say Thursday is date night, probably the most effective and profound two or three hours you spend enhancing your relationship. A lot of things have to do with attention: not feeling important enough. Even if it’s for two or three quality hours, that can save a relationship.

“Okay, but what about that project? I’ve got my home business or my job, and I’m trying to write a book.” So on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 until 5:00 work on the project.

If it’s a business project, then it’s during work time. If it’s not, then it’s a different time like the weekend or evenings. Now you don’t have to feel guilty that you’re not working on that project, or whatever it is.

All of this is to point out that people say they want to balance life. Okay, great, how’s “balancing” all of the above equally working out for you?

From my experience, the idea of “balancing” the areas of life is like an entertainer balancing tea cups and plates on sticks with every limb plus their mouths and head. This eventually means one or more things are going to come crashing down.

To avoid this kind of catastrophe, and give due focus and quality attention to all areas of life, you have to decide what kind of person you are.

Are you a consistent person or are you a burst person? Determining that determines how much you’re able to accomplish and allows you to be able to experience the other things that matter to you.

Let’s take a book project, for example. You write from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. before you start the rest of your day, five days a week. That is a very consistent person.

I myself will not get up at 6:00 a.m. to write. It doesn’t fit for me. Every time I’ve ever written a course, a book, or anything like that and done well, I’ve gone away outside of my regular environment that had no distractions.

When I get up, I’m thinking about it already. When I take my walk, I’m thinking about it, and by the time I get back in at 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. and have my shake, my mind is just crazy with ideas; things I’ve written down on post-it notes. Then I start entering the post-it notes and bam, I’m into it. I go to sleep about midnight, and I’m back up again at 8:00 in the morning. I go again for between 12 and 15 hours per day for a few days straight like that.

In other words, it’s a burst. That’s how I operate.

Now the question is: how do you operate? Are you the kind of person that can do something every single day, a little bit every day, or are you the kind that achieves more quality work in bursts?

This important distinction can have a huge impact on your productivity, success, and most of all, your overall happiness and wellbeing!

Why? Because when you do what’s right for you, you tend to do better. You create your days with this knowledge in mind.

Need to spend time with your significant other and you’re a burst person? Book a vacation.

If you are consistent person, make sure you’re carving out something once or twice a week to connect with that person.

It’s important to know yourself. Just because ONE successful person says this is their morning routine does not mean that needs to be your morning routine.

The goal is to make a decision whatever it might be and just stay persistent with it.

When you do, you’ll see much better results in your life.

Share an experience you have in realizing your mode of accomplishing things and what kind of impact that has had on your success and the other areas of your life.

How do you best function? Morning person or night-bird? Absolute quiet or music in background? Library or coffee shop? How has this discovery impacted your health? Your relationships?

Share your experiences with us in the comments below!

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34 thoughts on “Why Knowing What Type Of Person You Are Is Critical To Your Success And Productivity”

  1. Vani says:

    I get the best ideas in the morning during my mantra meditation. I work on them during the day and evening.

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    1. A says:

      Awesome! I do mantra meditation as well!

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  2. Vani says:

    I get ideas all day and work on them whenever possible

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  3. Soumaya Sunil says:

    Thank you.

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  4. cin says:

    Boy, me and my other half are TOTALLY opposite. .. He is a early morning ‘burst’ person (his bursts is more of ‘what’ is done over the amount of ‘time’ spent on it) that loves to listen to LOUD rock music and does the ‘big stuff’… me on the other hand am a mid-day/afternoon person that is methodic and ‘plodding’ who likes the serenity of nature or soothing sounds. After 27 years together we are still trying to make it work better for us. LOL

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    1. Debbie says:

      I can totally relate to this! Have only been at it for 17 years though, but as we’re getting older it is becoming increasingly more difficult to tolerate. I think we’re both burst type people except he’s loud and I’m quiet. Lol.

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  5. I absolutely love this, one shoe doesn’t fit all. Neither do our actions. People are all wired differently, thank God! I appreciate your insight and inspiration. I am ever grateful for the influence you have in my life and the changes that are happening within me are creating such momentum and long lasting success! It’s amazing, THANK YOU!

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  6. Lee Milnes says:

    For the last three years I have been going through a process of busyness and after evaluating what had been achieved I can honestly say apart from a meltdown (x2), a raging drink habit, £000’s in debt, stress and a heart attack that to this day I am unaware of happening nothing got accomplished with regard to an income stream. Ok I am now more self aware and thankful for the small pleasures in life as getting out of the rat race I was still a rat. Happily I am now putting my house in order and folding with the hand I have and collecting my chips before the house wins big time.

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  7. Sandra says:

    Totally agree, I have completed The Miracle Morning for 30days, and this year I am going into partnership with a company over a book I have wrote, so these things work… Focus on yourself where you can to achieve things…
    Merry Christmas To All

    Happy Hols
    S x

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  8. Dan says:

    Thanks for the post and I loved your book- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. -Dan

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  9. Rosemary says:

    Oh my God Harv…thank you for helping me have another aha moment…i am most definitely a burst night owl. Trying to fit in with the general societal norm of consistent morning person has made me feel like ive been living my life behind the 8 ball! Often feeling like a failure…not good enough…not like how other successful people must be. Now that i understand that doesn’t need to be a hindrance…i dont need to fit into someone else’s mold to make my life work…as a matter of fact the more i embrace my normal personality type the more I’ll thrive.

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  10. James W D says:

    Every time I read something here I always pick up on a solid nugget of info and this article was no exception.
    In looking at my habits, I am finding that I am definitely more of a burst person with some consistency sprinkled in for flavor. However, I after reading this I realized that I was trying to live a consistent life rather than embracing my inner burst.
    With that realization, now I can move forward in a more aligned path towards my goals and aspirations. The image of the tea cups crashing down certainly reminded me of a few recent times in life. Balance is important, but now that I think of it, being aligned with who you are is much more so.

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    1. Robert says:

      I am a morning person who has to have absolute quiet in a library setting to be focused, and concentrate on my goals and projects.

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  11. MVL says:

    Interesting & informative way of looking at this. I’m mostly the deliberate one as my 6 month straight journal writing habit proves. But my drawing habit is more burst.

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  12. Leandro says:

    I kind of still figuring out what is the best for me. At this moment I already know that I’m a morning person and I prefer quiet environments (no music or distractions). I also need certain freedom and flexibility to work better and I can do a great job when my mind is quiet.

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  13. Juan C. Gracia says:

    T. Harv, that was an eye-opener for me. Constantly I’ve felt a lot of guilt as I am burst person (morning bird) that enjoys working in ambiences with background music. Being aware of my way of acting in bursts, allows me to plan better and eradicate the guilt from me.
    I really appreciate this lesson.

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  14. Anna Gray says:

    The red spiral in the headline looks like a nice big piece of bacon 🙂

    I am a burst person. I move in short mad bursts. In a day, I can accomplish what takes others a week. Of course, then I will rest most of the week 🙂
    In terms of writing books – I used to write one 365-pages book per month. Most of these books became bestsellers in my home country. I would sit and write 40-60 pages without getting up. Of course, then I would be like dead for a some time after that 🙂 Then I would recover and write another 40-60 pages.

    Thanks for the useful article, Harv! ♥

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  15. Erich Jess says:

    I am more of a “consistent” burst person and function better with music at time when no one is buzzing around like very early morning or late night

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  16. Roslyn says:

    I’m more productive in the mornings through early afternoon and tend to accomplish more. Some of my best ideas come to me during my sleep so I keep a pen and pad near my bed so when I awake I jot them down.

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  17. Vincent Chan says:

    Another great insight! I now know I m a burst person as when I spent continuous hours focusing n working on a project, d end product amazes me as, if, I were to read what I hv produced months later, I would not have thought that that ‘master piece’ was d result of my own work! Your tips on how to balance r very useful n I particularly love d LMC program which really helps to fully balance one’s life without having to juggle! Tx harv!

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  18. Jay says:

    I am a burst /persistent personality.
    I am most comfortable working in silence and isolation. (No background music)
    At the end of a work-burst, I create a “plan for tomorrow” which contains the things that I want to do, but didn’t get around to today. And then I try to forget it. Usually with TV or talking to my wife. I am most creative in the morning and start with the day before’s “plan for tomorrow” as a “Plan for today”, which often gets elaborated.I don’t want to stop until it is all done, but often run out of time.

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  20. Denise says:

    I am definitely a burst person. Can do work in the afternoon but most creative thinking comes at night. Have been unable to force myself to write consistently; can work for hours on end more effectively. Thanks for making it ok. 🤓

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  21. Mike Cassidy says:

    Thank you! I’ve never got to grips with the ‘get up at 5am to write a book’ thing. My brain doesn’t seem to work at that time. I find it much easier to set aside a whole (or half) day and just blitz it, then I get more done.

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  22. Morning silence, late night Music, Burst. I’m actually a Super burst, I have found that I work extremely well when I have a specific deadline. I’m not too fond of this habit though, it seems all too familiar with procrastination, leaving me feeling a bit unorganized.

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  23. Debbie says:

    I receive this message! I’m so happy to hear you say that it’s ok not to have to follow the “guru’s” schedule. I have developed a routine, because I understand that successful people maintain consistency and that routine is a part of that. However, I am not a morning person! I’m a night owl and do my best work in the late night hours. I usually go to bed btwn 12:30 am – 1 am and with the exceptions of Mondays, am up btwn 8:30 – 9 am. Now that I’ve learned that I’ m a burst type person (which is why I seemingly fail when trying to be consistent), I don’t feel so guilty about falling off the consistency wagon after 3-4 weeks. 🙂 I will continue to work important things into my daily schedule, like having God time 30 minutes daily, fitting in daily exercise, even if it’s only 15-20 minutes/day, giving & sharing quality time with my husband 1- 2 times/week since he’s working 6 days a week, I’m a homeschooling mom, so dedicating 4-5 hours working and playing with the kids, 3-5 hours on my biz, 1hour self development, 2 hours having fun with friends/ neighbors/ community, cooking & eating 3 healthy meals daily. Whatever I do, however I do it, I need to develop consistency to maintain my successes! I get it!

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  24. Andy says:

    I am actually BOTH. I can really plunge into an activity and forget all else until fatigue and hunger finally overcome me. But a long time ago, I learned that if I wanted to get more than one thing done, I needed to plan time for those activities and do them consistently. I had no difficulty whatsoever fitting in with business cultures that operated that way. These days, I am a disabled and mainly homebound entrepreneur, working with multiple projects. What I’m trying now is to go in spurts and then take occasional breaks. During those breaks, I advance some other project.

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  25. Obehi says:

    I am definitely a Burst person. However I am finding it a bit difficult determining which time of the day I am most Burst. When I was much younger, I was a night Burst, I do everything from cleaning to reading at night. Presently, due to health reasons, every time of the day seems the same (tiring) except for the fact that Iike clock work, i wake up 4 hours after going to bed, stay up for 2 to 3 hours and feel like going back to bed. Unfortunately, by that time I need to start my day. I am currently working on the best time to go to bed, and how to arrange my day so as to get the best out of it. Need to get the health issues under control first and then put some consistency into my life (I think). Thanks for this information, its a winning deal!!!

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  26. Miriam says:

    I never considered what type I am. Probably a burst person. Of course over the years I have had to keep regular schedules. I am glad to read your article and figure out how to implement this knowledge into my life. Thanks again for being honest and authentic. Always a pleasure.

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  27. Marilyn says:

    I am a Best Person and just saying that out loud puts perspective on accepting myself so I can move forward in that.

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  28. Krystian says:

    I need to find out what type I really am. Many people of authority imposed their patterns on me because they “worked” (forgetting to clearly say “for them”) Now I found out that I am an owl and not an early bird.

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  29. Justyna says:

    Now I know I am 100% burst person. Before I was thinking I have to be consistent, because only consistent persons are able to drive to success. And I felt very unhappy with it. Now I understand it’s not true and I fell ligther.

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  30. A says:

    Great post. I feel like burst persons vs. the consistent person at least loosely relate to the MBTI letter of Perceiving vs Judging (P vs J)!

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