Oft times, it’s assumed that INTJs can’t procrastinate, that they are always uniquely productive. However, just like anybody else, they are perfectly capable of being useless. Efficient work-style is not always inherent, and can be influenced by environment, childhood socialisation, mental states and addictions.
Many INTJs are expressly efficient, while other INTJs struggle to keep a schedule or motivate themselves to get things done.
Well-rounded INTJs understand what their limits are and are usually disciplined enough to fulfil their tasks on schedule.Their introverted intuitive function (Ni) and extraverted thinking function (Te), when well developed will automatically prioritise, strategically plan and carry out tasks meticulously.
Whenever I’m not bored with school, I am the most productive person on the planet. Kidding, I take that back. Whenever I’m not bored with school, I am the second most productive person on the planet –beaten by my ESTJ mother. Dominant Te always wins at getting things done. Dominant Ni wins at getting it done right.
Let’s discuss how procrastination manifests in the INTJ cognitive functions, shall we?
Dominant Introverted Intuition (Ni):
INTJs often get distracted by the theoretical world inside their heads, and depending on how developed the introverted intuition function (Ni) is, we can even forget the real world exists temporarily. INTJs often subconsciously prioritise their theories and problem solving games above tasks that they consider menial, like school or spending time with people.
I’ve been known to zone out for hours, forget what day it is and what my schedule is because I was lying on the couch theorising about time travel or human morality.
Ni also has some obsessive tendencies, and if not tamed, this can result in INTJs getting very distracted from the task at hand because they’d rather devote time to whatever the heck they’re obsessed with.
In more intelligent INTJs who, like me, are absolutely bored to death by their junior level college classes even though they’re two years ahead for their age, it is common to put off important tasks in favour of trying to make things more challenging. For instance, I may be bored writing up my cosmology lab and may decide I’d rather devote my time to philosophising about free agency, or solving complex logic problems.
Auxiliary Extroverted Thinking (Te):
Te is a get-it-done function, so most people would think INTJs wouldn’t have problems with procrastination, but to be honest, all MBTI types experience this problem to a certain extent. Te all but dies in INTJs when they fail to prioritise their tasks, and this happens most commonly in INTJs with a less developed Te function.
On the other hand, you get the INTJs who are highly intelligent and don’t have to study to do well in school, so they put every assignment off until the last minute. I generally skip out on studying for tests myself, but I always perform excellently on them. Stephen Hawking was notorious at Cambridge for this type of behaviour.
Tertiary Introverted Feeling (Fi):
INTJs tend to procrastinate whenever they experience strong emotion –basically because they’re afraid of it. They may not know how to handle the intensity of their emotions, so they end up sitting around trying to analyse them for hours at a time, rather than getting things done.
Hamlet is a great example of this. While in the depths of depression…he spends the majority of his time thinking about his morality and his feelings, and doesn’t get anything done until he resolves them.
Inferior Extraverted Sensing (Se):
INTJs can also be known to get caught up in the sensory world. I get distracted from my Homework (low-priority) by wanting to paint or draw or listen to Wagner, or Shostakovich, or Berlioz, or Sebelius, or…I’ll stop now.