Dude I echo your thoughts. I tested while sick with chronic fatigue and scores a 7 of 100 for conscientiousness. Since then, I’ve healed and started writing professionally.
Surely my score was scewed negative by my illness, right? Guess again.
I scored a 2 in conscientiousness out of 100 right now while running a business and healthy. What gives?
I think it’s possibly a fad personality trait and also that it can be mitigated by your other traits.
I’m high in openness, intelligence, and very low in neuroticism.
I also read and have read books about having a routine and all that too. I never stick to my routine, but I’m constantly making one.
I think low conscientiousness and high intellect makes you great at “go with the flow”
If you do things like meditate, plan your day in the morning by writing a task list, change your work space often, etc, you can leverage this.
Sure, maybe you slack or get distracted 5 days a week, but on 2 days a week you do a week’s worth of work each.
I usually write 90% of my professional articles in 1 or 2 days, despite sitting down to write for an hour almost every day.
Low conscientiousness people have the potential, I think, to become the most efficient people.
We can become masters of non-action and work-smarter-not-harder.
I’ve considered switching to a flip phone and deleting my Facebook.
I got rid of my Xbox and noticed that I am more efficient and that I don’t miss it.
We will get lost in what we have access to but won’t usually miss trivialities we have cut ourselves off from.