I recently read this article Are you a procrastinator or an incubator? posted on CNN.com and really thought about the differences between procrastinators and incubators. As an INTP, I can relate to this article. I tend to have that “back burner” mentality discussed in the article.
When I complete my work, whether personal, professional or scholarly, it is of high quality. I must spend time “putzing” around. It is necessary to function. While I am off seemingly wasting time, I am randomly thinking about what I need to do. Many times I get inspiration from doing nothing or reading or playing video games. Then, when I actually focus on what needs to be done, BAM! I produce a quality piece of work in seemingly little time.
Oh, it’s stressful, but that is how I work. However, not too many people understand this about me. That is another challenge. How do we explain this need without sounding selfish and lazy?