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How to Succeed at Working from Home (Extroverts vs. Introverts)!

Updated: Jul 24

Simple, actionable tips for each personality type

COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our life, especially for those working in an office or company. The transition to working from home has caused a change in lifestyle and a need for all of us to examine ways that we can be most productive while staying healthy.


It’s important to distinguish our distinctive personality types as extroverts or introverts when figuring out what works best for us. Having others around them typically energize extroverts while time alone usually energize introverts. Despite their differences, both personality types have been affected, adversely or favorably, given our current circumstances.


Extroverts typically thrive in an environment where they have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with others on daily projects and tasks. Social distancing measures have changed the way they must operate and have limited the number of interactions with team members. These individuals may be adversely affected by COVID-19.


Introverts, on the other hand, might be excited about the opportunity to distance from colleagues and to expend less energy engaging with others. However, this can also be challenging for these individuals if they are quarantining with others. Consequently, it’s crucial to take steps to keep productivity and well-being levels high.


We have gathered these tips to make sure you succeed at your remote work lifestyle.


EXTROVERTS


Tip 1: Maintain personal and professional connections through Zoom or Skype.

Setting up coffee chats, game nights, other virtual activities with your colleagues, friends, or loved ones might help alleviate some of the stress of social distancing.

Tip 2: Mimic a work environment by playing music or listening to a podcast.

Since extroverts’ work environment is naturally stimulating with multiple things happening around them, you can mimic that setting at home through sound.

Tip 3: Maintain a dedicated workspace and put a hard stop to your workday.

Setting clear boundaries between working hours and the rest of your day is helpful for your brain to feel less fatigue and allows you to maintain better work-life balance.



INTROVERTS


TIP 1: Find a quiet workspace or buy noise-canceling headphones.

Working from home can be distracting, especially with housemates. Setting a dedicated space to block out noise can significantly increase your productivity and give you peace of mind.

Tip 2: Leave your workspace, find someone in the house to chat with, or call a friend.

Since you are already working in solitude, stepping out of your comfort zone by contacting loved ones can be good. For some, working out can also help awaken the mind and body.


Tip 3: Make time to sit down and reflect.

Working from home can sometimes make it harder to take a break from work. Find time to close your eyes, practice breathing exercises, and even meditate to recharge.


We would love to hear additional tips that have worked for you! Feel free to share them with us below.

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