ENFPs, do you struggle with following through?

I have read in numerous articles that ENFPs are the most excited about the beginning of a new project but often struggle with not following through to see the project fully develop.

It’s easy to understand why this is a common theme for ENFPs. My mind comes up with ideas all the time. It’s a constant race against the clock to experience as much of life as possible in the short time we are on this earth. 

The pattern goes like this; I discover something new that interests me try it out, and in a short period, I have found something else that interests me. It’s not that I ever lost interest or intentionally gave up on anything I’ve tried. 

The problem is I take on too much at once an overestimate my ability to juggle 20-100 different activities on the daily.

Like it or not, we all have a limited amount of energy and time to spend each day. It’s impossible to explore every single idea that comes into my head physically. For some personality types, this might be a no brainer, but I had to learn this through trial and error. 

ENFPs I am not suggesting that you change your spontaneous personality and become ultra-practical or pragmatic. However, I am saying that you should put more effort into deciding where you spend your energy and time.

 A simple way to do this, when you have those moments were something new pops into your head that you want to try, take a breather, write the idea down, brainstorm thoughts you have about the concept, and step away from it. It won’t take long before you have an entire journal filled with ideas. 

But, only take action on the ideas that you find yourself coming back to in your journal. Because it’s an indication that your serious about it and will go back to this idea during those times when it has to compete with your newest interest. It’s an easy technique that has saved me so much time and energy. If you have trouble with follow-through or frequently find yourself with more ideas than time, try out this method. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments if follow-through is something you struggle with? I would love to hear any advice or thoughts you have on the topic. 


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    1. sarasglossary

      Yes, follow-through is something many people struggle with regardless of personality type. I can relate to your point about procrastinating. I amaze myself with how creative I am at finding reasons to procrastinate lol. Thanks for commenting and sharing your perspective.

  1. mphtheatregirl

    Not exactly- the only time that really happened was a group school project. Everyone but me ended up doing most of the work without me. Even after I said, I can’t work then- they wouldn’t believe me that I had to house manage a show for a theatre class

    So, I really felt left out. I am only following behind on my WIPS because waiting for edits.

      1. mphtheatregirl

        There is a reason why I hate group projects- sometimes I would be the main person working on one or you end up being left yet.

        I had to email my teacher when my group decided to do most of the project without me- if I didn’t, there would be a high chance I would have failed my final exam. The final was related to that particular project

      2. sarasglossary

        That’s unfortunate you’ve have had such a negative experience with group projects. I’ve had mixed results with group projects. I wouldn’t go far as saying I hate them, but group projects can certainly be a challenge if the people in the group don’t work well together.

  2. Celestial Goodness1111

    I am an ENFP and that’s so on point! Thanks for the tips. I’m trying to be more consistent and finish the things that I start. At work I’ve partnered with my INFJ friend lol and she finishes things so we work well together!

  3. Charity

    ENFP here. I would say for me, it matters how much I care. I’m all about my writing, so I always finish my writing projects — and I work on one novel at a time. I’m capable of focusing intensely on it for months and seeing it through from first awkward draft to final published work. But other interests, hobbies, etc., come and go, because I’m not super-engaged with them. I can keep some things up for decades, and others last a few days. I’m also quite good at binge-doing something and then having no more interest in it. So for me, it matters “how much I care.” That’s for the big things. For little ones, I marathon-do-it in order to get it “done.” (Example: instead of taking weeks to paint the interior of my house, I did it in three or four days. Done and dusted. What’s next?)

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