19 Things Type A Personalities Know To Be True

19 Things Type A Personalities Know To Be True

We have our hands on our planner and our eyes on the clock.

Even though they can definitely be expanded on, we all know that personalities are typically separated into two categories: Type A and Type B. Those with a Type A personalities tend to competitive overachievers, while Type B individuals are labeled as more laid-back and reflective. These are broad statements to make about people, but I know that I'm most definitely Type A - everything about my tendencies, work ethic, and some personality traits backs this up. So to all my fellow Type A personalities out there - here's a list of things that you will be able to relate to:

1. You tend to be labeled as a workaholic

While others might have clocked out or resigned to procrastination, you are still there, plugging away and whatever task needs to be completed. It's not really that you like working - you just couldn't imagine not working when there's still work to be done.

2. You’re very conscious of time

Your eyes are always glued to the clock since you try to make the most out of every minute. You hate feeling like you're wasting your time.

3. Your planner is one of your most treasured possessions

You probably have a very organized and highly detailed planner that you check several times a day if you're a Type A. Not only that, but you get a huge sense of satisfaction being able to cross something off your to-do list.

4. You have a difficult time being idle

When you actually find that you have free time, you find yourself at a loss of what to do with it. You're thankful for the miraculous opportunity to take a break, but it's hard for you truly wind down and enjoy it.

5. Stress is something you know all too well

Unfortunately, stress is your constant companion. You focus on the looming deadlines and all the work that has to be done in order to meet those deadlines. Not only that, but you also stress about the little things in life as well.

6. You can’t stand people who are extremely lazy

You just truly don't understand how some of your friends or family members are able to just sit around and watch TV all day. It may get on your nerves sometimes, especially is you yourself are going through a particularly stressful time.

7. You’re a skilled multitasker

You have probably mastered the art of multitasking. You have learned to juggle multiple tasks and commitments at the same time. And honestly, you couldn't imagine watching Netflix and not working on something at the same time at this point.

8. Procrastination isn’t in your DNA

You may think that you procrastinate sometimes, but you are actually far ahead of what any true procrastinator is capable of. Being time-conscious as you are, you strive to get things done ahead of time and would find it far too nerve-wracking to push anything to the very last minute.

9. You can be unnecessarily competitive sometimes

You may not even be aware of it, but Type A people tend to make everything into a competition. This might mean asking people what they got on an exam and feeling satisfaction knowing you got the best score or being hell-bent on getting the best score during a casual bowling game.

10. Relaxing isn’t something that comes naturally to you

You like the idea of relaxing and every fiber of your being might yearn to relax, but it's almost impossible for you to put everything on pause. You might dedicate yourself to some self-care only to find yourself scribbling in your planner or working on an assignment.

11. You tend to be a perfectionist

Whether it's how your bedroom is organized or what your research paper consists of, you strive for perfection in a lot of what you do. This might mean that you take longer working on quality than others, or have hard time feeling truly content about your work.

12. Your sleep pattern is out of whack

Type A individuals tend to have a hard time falling, and staying, asleep. This might be because their minds are always focused on something and it's hard to slow down the speed that their thoughts are going at.

13. You are goal-oriented

You probably know what your goals are and have a good idea of how to achieve them either laid out in your head or in a Google doc.

14. You have a strong sense of urgency

While some people are perfectly fine sitting around without a particular sense of direction, you are constantly on the move. Sometimes you may not like it, but you probably find yourself zipping from one place or task to the next throughout the day, and having to play the waiting game annoys you to no end.

15. You enjoy planning things

Your friends and family probably know that you are the person to go to when a vacation, event, or outing needs to be planned out, and you are happy to say yes. You love going through the logistics of things and watching it all come together.

16. You have a tendency to talk… a lot

Type A personalities have a lot to express, and they want to make sure other people are listening. This might mean that you accidentally interrupt people while they're talking because you can't wait to make your comment.

17. You like to live in a purposeful way

For you, everything has to have a purpose. You like to live a life that has substance. You might feel frustrated if you are stuck doing something that you think is meaningless, and going with the flow is something we have to learn from our Type B peers.

18. You have loads of ambition

You are the classic definition of an overachiever. You're not afraid to let others know that you have certain goals in place and that you are willing to do whatever you have to in order to achieve them.

19. You couldn't imagine not being Type A

Some people might push Type A personalities into a negative light, and while it's definitely true that people with this personality have flaws, they also have many strengths. Also, you probably would make for an awful Type B.

So there you have it. Us Type A personalities have a certain way of doing and viewing things, and sometimes it's a pain, but we honestly would not want to go through life in any other way.

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.

I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.


College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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