Are You the Tortoise or the Hare?

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Posted March 27, 2014 by Sarah Jarvis in Building Your Brand

Are You the Tortoise or the Hare?

Tortoise or Hare

Image Source: Children Illustrators – Richard Johnson

Refinery29 has been a great source of beauty, career, and fashion inspiration for me over the past year, and this week was no exception – the lifestyle blog just started featuring a weekly column by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Projects.

Her first article – “Is Your Work Personality Right For Your Career?” – tackles challenges we face on a regularly bases at Career Girl Network.

Of course, this question can be approached in a variety of ways, but Rubin focuses on how we manage our time by drawing on a favorite childhood fable: The Tortoise and The Hare.

A tortoise prefers to work more days, for fewer hours — three hours a day for seven days. Slow and steady. A hare prefers to work fewer days, for more hours — seven hours a day for three days. Bursts of effort. There’s no right or wrong way, but just whatever system works better for you.

Once you recognize how you handle projects requiring large amounts of time, it is relatively easy to figure out what kind of career you should pursue. For example, Rubin points out how reporters face strict deadlines, which might not be compatible with a Tortoise-like personality.

On the other hand, authors like Rubin face long-term deadlines, so you do not have to give up your love of writing just because you struggle to work under pressure.

According to INC.com, dietitians, hair stylists and university professors pair well with people who like to budget their time over a period of days or weeks.

To contrast, Forbes.com reports airline pilots, event coordinators and military personnel regularly face high-pressure situations, which fit well with Hare-like personalities.

In a comment below, tell us whether you are a tortoise or a hare and how it affects your career choices.


About the Author

Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Journalism focusing on Strategic Communication and Sociology. She currently lives in Los Angeles attending the University of Southern California to earn her masters in Communication Management. She also works at Career Girl Network as a Marketing and Communications Specialist and generates social media content on a weekly basis for Rescue Desk – Virtual Assistant Services, which is based in Madison, Wis. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as attending concerts and movies.

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