Having a Type A personality definitely comes with a list of identifiable traits. If you have ever been described as a Type A person, you probably don’t even try to deny it because you know you’ve got a serious need to succeed. Psychologists describe “Type A” as a spectrum of behaviors and traits, which means that many of these people have certain things in common.
If you’ve got a Type A personality, these 10 habits will definitely make you say, “Yep, that’s me!”
1. Marking Everything In Your Calendar
Whether it’s as straightforward as a doctor’s appointment or just a casual get-together your friend mentioned in passing, it all goes into the calendar. No plan goes unwritten, and your days are organized and filled to their maximum potential.
2. Allowing Plenty Of Time To Get Somewhere
If it takes an hour to get to your destination, you’ll definitely be leaving an hour and a half before you need to be there. Type A people account for accidents, delays and unforeseen emergencies, no matter where they’re going.
3. Never Leaving Work Unfinished
It might be 5 p.m., but if you’re in the middle of a project, you won’t leave the office until it’s done. And you won’t half-ass it either. Type A people always deliver their best work, and they make sure projects are completed before they move on to the rest of their day.
4. Writing Everything Down
A loosey-goosey to-do list in your head? No, thank you. Type A people write down everything—not only so they don’t forget, but so they can cross off each item when it’s completed. (Ahhhh! Is there any more satisfying moment in the day of a Type A?)
5. Having A Hard Time Relaxing
Type A people equate relaxing with being unproductive. The thought of free time is a little scary, and if you’re going to do something to unwind, you’ll probably choose something productive like cooking a fun dinner or getting your nails done.
6. Getting Called An Overachiever
You were likely called the teacher’s pet, worked multiple jobs, always did the extra credit and set many life goals. You’re often referred to as a perfectionist, but you don’t mind because nothing can shake that intense need to succeed.
7. Biting Your Nails
It’s a habit no one is proud of, but Type A people are much more likely to bite their nails or engage in other nervous habits such as playing with your hair or fidgeting in your chair. Research shows that perfectionists are more likely to engage in these activities when they get impatient or bored.
8. Feeling A Sense Of Urgency
Type A people are not the type to put things off. Procrastinating gives you a sense of anxiety, and efficiency is key. Completion of a goal is what gives you satisfaction, and there’s no better time than the present.
9. Remembering Everything
Type A people are highly conscientious and make sure to remember important dates and key facts about people in their lives. The upshot? You never forget a birthday or anniversary.
10. Reading Every Text And Email
A cluttered inbox with 3,726 unread emails? Think again. Type A people open and read every text and email they receive, just to make sure they’re not missing out on something that could be important. You probably even have folders to keep your messages organized.
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