Are you excited to take notes, but a bit overwhelmed about what strategies to use? Social media offers so many impeccably crafted spreads and elaborate systems, but what would work best for the way that you personally like your information organized? Taking some time to consider your own habits can help narrow down the seemingly infinite realm of note-taking possibilities.

Here at Goulet Pens, we use the MBTI personality assessment to better understand our individual personality traits and how they translate into a work environment. We’ve gathered some tips from our experience with MBTI in hopes of giving you inspiration for your own note-taking and journaling strategies!

If you’re also a fan of the MBTI Personality Test, then join us in sharing your favorite BuJo strategies. If you don’t know your Myers-Briggs Personality type, and would like to know before reading on, we like 16personalities.com for our MBTI assessments!

Introverted (I) vs Extroverted (E):

While one’s level of extroversion is often associated with socialization, it relates to their relationship to stimuli in general.

A Lamy CP1 fountain pen in Black and a Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dot Grid notebook.

A Lamy CP1 fountain pen in Black and a Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Dot Grid notebook.

For note-takers who are particularly introverted, they may find too many colors or patterns overwhelming, or even off-putting. To make journals easy on the eyes, we suggest using a simplistic layout with only one or two colors, or more muted hues.

 

An ONLINE Slope fountain pen in Light Grey with a Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines a Day notebook.

An ONLINE Slope fountain pen in Light Grey with a Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines a Day notebook.

Those who are more extroverted tend to seek out stimuli, so the more the merrier! Jazz up pages with brightly colored sticky notes, stickers, washi tape, highlighters, or different brightly colored inks. We can’t be falling asleep looking at our own journals!

Observant (S) vs Intuitive (N):

The Observant population is less concerned about the abstract or the imaginative, and is just in their notebook for business. The S may find they only need a place to write down the bare minimum of information: day-to-day notes, practical information to get the task finished. There may be less interest in planning for things, and there’s no real desire to attach emotion to what goes in the notebook.

 

Note-takers who are more in the Intuitive camp, or N, are more than likely going to prefer a place to keep track of plans and goals. The more space allotted for brainstorming and inspiration, the better. They may even benefit from certain pages being dedicated to ongoing lists for themed ideas.

Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)

Thinking vs Feeling strategies in regard to journaling are a little nuanced, but we will suggest that our F personalities dedicate a little extra space to get those feelings expressed in their notes. Thinkers tend to be more focused on the logical and rational, so they’re already doing that by #gettingthingsdone in their notebooks – their “journal entries” resemble ship logs more than autobiographies, and that’s equally fantastic!

 

Feelers want that additional space for the actual “journaling” portion of note taking, because it helps them to process all of those feelings so that they don’t clog up the flow of day-to-day practical information. One way to help these entries coexist with daily tasks is to make a separate section or page in a spread for journaling that won’t interfere with the task flow of the BuJo. For those F personalities who are more private or have a particularly large amount to write, it may be beneficial to invest in a separate journal altogether to devote to thoughts and feelings.

Judging (J) vs Prospecting (P):

Some of us love to have our options open and a-plenty, while some of us cringe at the thought of having too many things to choose from. That’s one of the primary differences between the Judging and Prospecting personalities, and one that could have an effect on our note-taking strategies.

A Platinum PTL-5000A fountain pen with a Leuchtturm Medium A5 dot grid notebook.

A Platinum PTL-5000A fountain pen with a Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 dot grid notebook.

For those who are more Judging, they may benefit from more detailed and broken down notes for a project. Being able to assess the bite-sized tasks helps a J feel like they have a handle on their productivity. Checking off each subtask will fill them with satisfaction and keep them motivated. Even having a set of “rules” or a key could help Js maintain consistency and fill their heart with happiness. For non insta-BuJo stars, purchasing a notebook or planner with pre-made inserts can provide structure with just enough space to allow note-taking styles to flourish.

 

Prospecting personalities, on the other hand, should probably not use the subtask method. In fact, this method can be really overwhelming to those who are more big-picture planners. Being able to stay flexible is the key to success. Too many rules and details don’t allow for much mental wiggle room, so sticking to simple, overarching goals or just focusing on general opportunities can establish something encouraging, but not stifling, to look toward.

Perhaps these MBTI-inspired techniques can cure some of your writer’s block. What’s your MBTI personality type? Did you find a strategy that resonated with you? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

Write On,
The Goulet Pen Company Team