Are you an extrovert working from home or in an introverted field? That’s exactly what I’m doing. I think out loud (really…I talk to myself if I have to). I feel sluggish when I’m alone too much. I’m a “people person” in general. As a writer, however, I spend a lot of time alone. And it’s not the easiest thing in the world for me to do. Lucikily, I’m more of an introverted extrovert, so I can take alone time in semi-long doses. But being alone daily tends to make me off-focus.
Do you consider yourself an extrovert? I’ve come to this conclusion about myself by taking several tests based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests, and I pretty consistently score as an ENFP (the “E” stands for extroversion).
I also really enjoyed this article about introverts, which really made it clear to me that I am, indeed, an extrovert.
So what’s an extrovert working in an introverted job to do? Here are some tips I’ve compiled from “expert” extroverts I know.
- Recharge your battery every couple of hours. Call a friend, go for a walk, or chat online with a friend.
- Find a buddy who has a similar need. Make time throughout the day or week to chat in person.
- Consider working in a new location with new people around. If you work from home, try working at a local coffee shop a few days a week.
- Go grocery shopping. You’ll be sure to find someone who can help recharge your battery.
- If you can’t find someone to talk with or hang out with, try listening to talk radio or watch a short clip of an action-packed movie.
What tips do you have for other extroverts who work alone?