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The 4 Organizational Personalities Explained

Examining “life admin” closely has led me to identify four key admin personalities. The basic divide is between Doers and Non-Doers. The Doers are doing it —​or at least trying to. The Non-Doers are not doing it and not trying to — not really. Parsing things a bit further, we get four types. These are the Super Doer, the Reluctant Doer, the Admin Avoider, and the Admin Denier. Perhaps the names of these types resonate for you. Perhaps they bring to mind people you know.

The different doers

The basic differences among the four personalities involve variations of action and feeling: whether a person’s basic orientation is toward getting admin done or not getting it done (the action element) and how a person feels about the state of admin in her life (the feeling element).

Doers ​are mostly getting admin done. Non-Doers ​are mostly not getting it done. But some feel pretty good about their admin, and others do not. Many of us don’t fit neatly into one box, and our personalities can change across contexts or relationships. But before we know how to make the most of our “type,” we should get a basic picture of each character.

Super Doer- The Super Doer is on top of admin. She is the Wonder Woman who promptly supplies recommendations of every kind—doctors, real estate agents, hairstylists, snow removers—​to her family and many friends (and even strangers), plans gatherings and trips for everyone, and remembers (or has a system for remembering) birthdays, even while successfully managing her demanding job or household or both.

Which type are you?

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