INFP New Year’s Resolutions: 2017

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Goodbye and good riddance 2016. While creating my New Year’s resolutions for this year, I thought about how they relate to the INFP personality type. So for you procrastinating INFPs, I have conjured an INFP New Year’s Resolution list for you. Feel free to add these to your own lists if they aren’t there already.

Do that “Creative Thing” more.

Whether it is drawing, writing, singing, or dancing, every INFP enjoys some creative task. They also struggle with doing it consistently. Maybe you are discouraged because you are not the best at it. Maybe you are overwhelmed with all the other things in your life that take up time. Perhaps you spend too much time moping and feeling emotional, getting nothing done. No matter the reason, you know you’d be happier if you spent more time being creative. I know you can give me ten excuses why you can’t. Just know, you probably want to do that creative thing more.

Don’t Spend Your Time on Shitty People. 

Yeah, I’m talking about that person you have given many chances to and forgiven many times. If someone makes you feel bad more than they make you feel happy, consider distancing yourself from that person. I get it. They have their good moments. You don’t have to cut them completely out of your life if you don’t want to. Just don’t make them your life. Spend more time on you, and doing that creative thing.

Be More Positive about yourself and your own life.

You got the whole “being optimistic and giving great life advice to other people” down. Now, do it for yourself. I believe in you. And I’ll begin by starting to believe in myself too.

Manage Your Time Better.

We are bad at this, but I’m sure there is hope. Also fix your terrible sleep schedule.

Read more Books and Watch more Movies.

You have those half finished books that you probably have to start over on because you forgot everything that happened. And you also have that gigantic list of books and movies you want to read and watch that is only increasing as more come out. Let’s start putting a dent into that list. Especially the books.

Spend Your Time With People…in person.

Okay, the internet and phones made being an introvert so much easier while still being able to remain in contact with friends. But it is also so much easier to not go outside as often anymore. When people invite you out, just do it. At least more often than you do now. I know it is an energy drain, but you will make memories and we like that, right?

Relax and Be Happy.

Somehow INFPs are simultaneously some of the chillest people while also being anxious emotional messes. Lean more towards the chill side. It’s never the end of the world even if our emotions make us feel that way. Don’t ruminate on your bad feelings for too long, and just try to be happy. And yeah, I know saying “just be happy” doesn’t do anything. That’s why this is on my New Year’s list every year. We and everyone else are going to consistently be aiming to make our lives happier little by little. Good luck!

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6 Comments

  1. “I know it is an energy drain, but you will make memories and we like that, right?”
    That. Nothing could ever convince and persuade me more than that. Thank you

  2. You = me… scary

    With the people thing…here is my new INFP motto

    “You get back 100% of the energy you give to yourself.”

    in my experience especially recently, you get maybe 5-10% of the energy back you give to other people, or you get 300% negative energy when you accidentally make them mad. so just do your INFP thing and do your INFP shit and everybody else can participate in your life when you are done.

  3. I love this post I am going to bookmark it this is going to be so useful to me!

    Benefits of being an INFP: probably able to share a universal formula that’s unique to us and benefit us all haha.

    Sometimes I dislike waving the INFP stereotype too much but I just cannot it’s just omg why are we all too similar sometimes.

  4. “Also fix your terrible sleep schedule.” – how did you know? But on this, I’m sure I’m permanently jet lagged. I’m a night owl, not fit for this schedule!

    “You have those half finished books that you probably have to start over on because you forgot everything that happened” – I had to laugh and look over my shoulder. It’s like you’re watching me (I had just picked up a book out of my endless bookshelf and realised I had a forgotten book mark in it… of course I had to go back to the beginning – and then I got distracted reading your blog).

    And I could go on quoting basically your entire text 🙂

    1. I found your comment on point especially for me.. its took me years to understand where I am coming from.. and I have realised the hardest thing for me to do is give myself energy.. its the hardest thing for an INFP.. for some reason I aim outwards.. never inwards.. and now I find that so sad.. having been married for 32 years and two children..

  5. I found your comment on point especially for me.. its took me years to understand where I am coming from.. and I have realised the hardest thing for me to do is give myself energy.. its the hardest thing for an INFP.. for some reason I aim outwards.. never inwards.. and now I find that so sad.. having been married for 32 years and two children..

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