Last year Huffington Post compiled a list of 16 signs that help identify a “Type A.” As someone who has been labeled Type A since childhood (a childhood filled with laying out my clothes the night before and arranging my stuffed animals), I was intrigued.
So how did I, a proud Penelope, align with the “Type A” traits that they describe? Check it out:
Here are the 16 Signs and how I measured up:
1) Waiting in long lines kills you a little bit inside – check
2) You’ve been described as a perfectionist, overachiever, workaholic or all of the above – check check
3) You bite your nails or grind your teeth – I used to chew a pack of sugar free gum a day while working to avoid grinding. Now I drink water. A LOT of water.
4) You have a serious phobia of wasting time – I work from home most days and my daughter’s childcare is 5 minutes from our house. Commuting brings out the worst in me as I watch the minutes pass. If I’m in the fast lane and I’m going on 60 mph, I’m choking that steering wheel. No question. I have things to do and little people to pick up! Out of my way!
5) You’re highly conscientious – Almost every move I make is deliberate. I start the laundry at a certain time because I know how long it will take me to wash, dry and fold that load. The thought of running out of time and leaving clothes wet or wrinkling in the dryer makes me cringe. My work day is broken down into way needs to be done within each 2-hour time slot.
6) You’ve always been a bit of a catastrophist – Yes… if I say the wrong thing I could come off as flighty and then I won’t be trusted and I won’t get the promotion and my husband will secretly wish I was smarter and my daughter won’t look up to me. All because of one, off-hand remark.
7) You frequently talk over and interrupt people. – Note how I feel the need to share my two-cents on each of the traits in this article. Point made.
8) You have a hard time falling asleep at night. – I use that time to plan my next day. Counting sheep feels like a waste of time. As proven above, time is invaluable.
9) People can’t keep up with you — in conversation or on the sidewalk. – As I saw on a Pinterest board, “If I’m on the treadmill next to you, we’re racing.” You may not know it, but we are.
10) You put more energy into your career than your relationships. Nope. The first trait on the list that does not apply to me. Family comes first. I LOVE my job but when my hub or cub needs me, I’m wife and mom first.
11) Relaxing can be hard work for you. So true. I make relaxing my goal on vacations but truth be told, I’d rather climb a volcano than lay on the beach. What am I accomplishing if I just lay around?
12) You have a low tolerance for incompetence. Meh. Not really. Laziness is the only trait that makes me tense up in frustration.
13) You’d be lost without your to-do list. Please see answer to trait #1.
14) At work, everything is urgent. Yup. And it all makes sense. I used to dream of being the procrastinator that started a paper the night before it was due. The thought of staying up with a cute classmate and a pot of coffee is somewhat sexy but I’m stressed just thinking about time passing and not knowing if I’d get the paper done on time. No thanks. Tell me when the work needs to be done and expect to get it a few days ahead with a request for constructive criticism (even though you know I’ll be super sensitive to it).
15) You’re sensitive to stress. Never more so than in experiencing the trials and tribulations associated with working full-time and being there for my daughter by 3pm each afternoon. Stress is my constant companion.
16) You make it happen. YES. That’s it! Those four words just enabled me to take a deep breath. Sure, there are a number of things that seem like negative side affects of Type-A behaviors. But the reality is, being like this is what enables me to make my life happen.
And now I’m so curious. How many of these 16 traits resonate with you? Anything totally jump out to you? Let us know in the comments.