The way we introverts manage our time and space has a tremendous impact on our work style.
Introverts typically prefer to work alone. Even when the nature of a particular project dictates working as a group, we would rather have some time alone to formulate our ideas before involving others.
Naturally, this means we appreciate having our own space where we can concentrate and work privately. If it’s not possible for an introvert to have his or her own office, even a cubicle with partitions is much more desirable than working in an open area.
We also prefer to stay in our own space and have others come to us, if it’s necessary. These visits should be scheduled in advance whenever possible, as we generally view people who stop by to chat (or anything that interferes with their concentration, for that matter – even phone calls) as unwelcome interruptions.
Introverts are not easily distracted and usually work well independently, regardless of what’s going on around them. Unless we get bored, we’ll usually complete one task before starting another.
Rather than just jumping into a new project, introverts take time to consider the resources and time that will be required. This lets us make sure everything’s in place so we can just work without having to stop.
Because we thrive on working on the same thing for fairly long periods of time, we tend to be very productive.
This is not to say that introverts have no challenges when it comes to time management.
Because we spend a fair bit of time reflecting, it may take longer for us to take action than our employers or clients might appreciate.
In addition, because our focus is inward, we don’t always pick up on external events in the workplace or elsewhere or new information from others that may necessitate a shift in priorities.
The above statements are based on my own experience and on information gathered while writing my e-book, Organizing Your Life, Your Way. Do you agree? Do you have anything to add?
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