how does an infp get things done

April 20, 2009 at 11:52 am (Uncategorized)

INFPs have a vivid imagination. This is why we can come up with much more ideas than we could actually translate to reality. Living among people who are more practical and reality orianted compared to me, it makes it seem as if I am all talk and no action. Yes, INFPs are dreamers. And we often dream impossible dreams.

Back to my topic. Getting things done. First of all: INFPs get things done in their own rythm. I believe this one to be, at least at times, slower than the rythm of most other people. You see, INFPs have energy spells and lethargy spells. We need time to deal with worry and doubt. We need time to be alone and reconnect with our reason within. This is also because more often than not INFPs are following a dream that they feel that others cannot relate to.

Getting things done is, at least for me, a complicated process. And often not a linear one. I might loose my hope and interest at some point but if the purpose of the action lies in my soul, than my soul will take me slowly in the direction of that purpose. I might appear to be giving up, but in fact it can only be a moment of lost hope.

INFPs can get things done. The process may be a bit slower than for other types of persons that are more practical and that don’t have self-doubts. BUT there is a key issue: the purpose of our actions must be congruent with who we are.

An INFP who was a clear purpose for his actions, a purpose that lies within his heart, – a purpose that makes him proud and happy to be who he/she is, a purpose that he/she feels can be achieved – is one happy INFP.

This is a big part of being a happy INFP. The rest was put into a nice sentence by Victor Hugo. I don’t know the quote, but he said something like: happiness means to know that you are loved for who you are, or better said, despite who you are.



  1. yeshim said,

    Wondering where have you been hehe 🙂 And the topic is getting things done.Yeap.I have been thinking about it but procrastination never lets me do.Is it because we are INFP right ? 🙂 Anyway.I also want to share my blog with you.Its the

    I just write about dependency and co-dependency, addiction and its causes, possible reasons by just referring my observations, experiences and some articles I read and quotate etc…Maybe you’ll check it up later. OK INFP the idealist, that s it from the other INFP 🙂 Byezzz.

  2. Stephanie J. B. said,

    Oh man, as a fellow INFP I definitely agree. I literally feel like I’m floating around, if that makes sense, and I often get kind of jealous of the people that seem so grounded in reality.

    We really do give ourselves a hard time…

  3. Kelly said,

    hmmm. no wonder my homework takes hours to get done. one time i feel like working, then another i kiss my teeth and turn away from it.

  4. Morgain said,

    wauw, it took me a long time to wrap my head around the problem of getting things done and my conclusion was the same as yours 🙂

    great post

  5. Kazza said,

    Wow. The real procastinators are the ENFPs. I am married to one, which means I am the one who has to get everything done!!! How horribel to be an INFP who has to get everything done!!!

    My point – even as an INFP I can learn to get everything done. I sometimes am exhausted by it, and I also resent that everyhting is left to me, cause I would like to leave it all to someone lese – and the worst bit is that everyone adores the approval hungry and enteratining ENFP husband while I am doing all the work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arghhh!! Lol.

  6. malin said,

    Kazza, I suspect my sister’s an ENFP… I totally get you’re situation.

  7. Josh said,

    What an amazing post! You hit the nail squarely on the head for me! I have known for some time that I am full of ideas, and I propose them to my friends, who then see me as lazy, since I don’t necessarily want to implement them, my job is just to come up with them. Speaking of jobs…if I could only translate that into an actual job (coming up with ideas), I think I’d be set. If anybody can help me there, I’d really be grateful.

  8. Steve Taylor said,

    I can relate to this, however, I started programming when I was 19 and I am now 41. I have much more decisive and articulate these days. I think due to how programming has rewired my brain in the last 22 years, I am more more results oriented. I still have the whole Ne storm, but it is more a tool than something I can’t control. I feel like uncontrolled Ne is where getting things done can become an issue. I think when you get Si Te developed this becomes a mostly non-issue. The only problem I have these days is not wanting to take on a task unless there are at least 2 reasons. My enjoying it can be one, but isn’t necessary. This is light years away from early teens when it was definitely more Fi and uncontrolled Ne working together, or not as it were.

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