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Use of Time – The Imaginative Disposition: “My time is for thinking and creating!”

Different Dispositions use time in different ways. If you want to develop harmonious relationships with your family members, co-workers, students or others you interact with, you will want to know how they use time.

People with this creative Disposition have an “inside-out” view of time. They want their time to serve their needs for observation, wonder, thinking, daydreaming and creating. For them, one thought leads to another in a flow that makes sense to them but might not make sense to someone else. What seems like aimlessness to others is a pleasant way of passing time to the Imaginative person and might provide the idea for a new creative work. It’s the time spent “free floating” that is the engine for their creativity.

If Imaginative Disposition people ruled the world, there might not be any clocks. When they are lost in their thinking or creating zone, it’s easy for them to forget about clock time and arrive late for appointments or not at all. Having to stop doing something they are deeply involved in means taking the chance of losing a train of thought or forgetting something they need to advance them to a creative outcome—a poem, a story, a song they are composing or learning to play on the piano.

To Imaginative Disposition people time spent thinking and creating is more important than their daily responsibilities. They like open-ended projects without strict due dates, so they can take all the time they need to bring their creations into being. Imaginative Disposition people have an internal sense of when they have completed something and resist schedules and external deadlines.

Others might think they are lazy, unfocused, changeable, inconsistent, inconsiderate, uncooperative, “drifty”, “spacy”, not serious and/or untrustworthy.

They make great team members when you want new, “out of the box” ideas.

If you have an Imaginative Disposition yourself, knowing your default setting for your use of time can lead to a better understanding of yourself and help you to devise strategies for those times when watching the clock is important (for appointments, plans with someone, etc).

If you have Imaginative Disposition people in your life, knowing their default setting for their use of time can lead to more understanding, better communication, and increased ability to get along.

Copyright 2020 by VKHodson & MPelullo-Willis, Reflective Educational Perspectives, LLC / LearningSuccess™ Institute • reflectiveed.com, aselfportraitonline.com

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