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

Updated: Aug 20

Simple, actionable tips for extroverts and introverts

COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives, especially for those who are accustomed to working in an office. The transition to working from home has caused a change in lifestyle, as well as a need for us to find ways to be productive and healthy.


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


Not sure which personality type you are? Here’s how you can figure it out!

Extroverts typically thrive in an environment where they can collaborate and interact with others on daily projects and tasks. Social distancing measures have changed the way they must operate because they must now limit 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 is crucial to take steps towards keeping productivity and well-being levels high.


We have gathered these tips to make sure that you succeed at your remote work lifestyle. We would love to hear additional suggestions that have worked for you! Feel free to share them with us below!

EXTROVERTS


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

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

Tip 2: Mimic a busy work environment at home. Since extroverts’ work environment is naturally stimulating with multiple things happening around them, you can mimic that setting at home by playing music or listening to a podcast.

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 a 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 useful. 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, or even meditate to recharge.

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