Twenty-five percent of business leaders believe that at least seventy-five percent of their workforce will be working remotely by 2020
Given the opportunity to work from home, an introvert like myself would silently scream (YES!!). But what about those that consider themselves an extrovert? To know the difference, ask yourself (quietly or out loud), where do you derive your energy?
As an introvert, you probably like to be around people, but only for a short while. In an effort to feel focused and productive, introverts need to take time for themselves to regroup and clear their minds to revive their energy levels.
Studies show that extroverts make up 50 - 74 percent of the population. Extroverts thrive under social stimulation. Extroverts focus on their external environment, the people and activities around them. This is where they get their energy and motivation.
Extroverts flourish in the presence of people, and often like to be the center of attention. Water cooler talk is their forte. They feel more energized and happy being with others, often sharing ideas, and too much alone time can make them feel stifled and unhappy. Two examples of famous extroverts are Oprah and former U.S. President, Barack Obama.
The other 16 - 50 percent of the population consists of introverts, who get their energy from having “alone time.” Careers promoting introvert’s strength include scientists, writers and artists. Television personalities David Lettermen and Barbara Walters are self-proclaimed introverts.
Here are a few DO’S and DON’TS if you find yourself an extrovert working from home:
DO: Create a rejuvenating atmosphere. Make a good playlist on Spotify, open the blinds, or do whatever else it takes to put yourself in a good mood.
DON’T: Wear your pajamas. Take the time to dress each morning. It’s really tempting to wear sweatpants or pajamas, but you’ll end up spinning around in your desk chair or wanting to curl up and take a nap. Put on a dress shirt and jeans to be comfortable, yet work ready.
DO: Something social every day Interact with your team on the phone, or better yet, via video conference such as Skype or Google Hangout. Also, be sure to schedule (put it on your calendar) intermediate communication with family and friends throughout the day.
DON’T: Eat alone. Take your lunch break as you normally would, and meet up with family or friends. Sharing a meal will definitely help you recharge and it’s a much needed break you can look forward to during the day.
DO: Stick to routine. This means setting your clock to wake-up, get dress, and start work the same time every day, as well as a clock out time. It also means including time to be active, whether it’s heading to the gym or a morning run to the coffee shop.
DON’T: Stop attending in-person meetings. Remember you’re the life of the party, so meetings are never a drag when you’re around. And we introverts thank you!!