Introversion is a personality trait characterized by getting stimulation from internal sources as opposed to external ones. An introvert recharges from time spent alone. As introverts we are so accustomed to being within and with ourselves and social distance to some extent is the preferable choice. Social distancing is part of our norm and the only difference this time round is that it is forced.
Our society is built on extroverts, right from school with group assignments to the workplace with meetings and working as a team. Growing up you are taught to glorify extroversion and adapt to fit into the extrovert world. As an introvert you are always left feeling lesser than and it forces you to change who you are.
Several meme’s have been making rounds and my favorite has to be that “Introverts it is our time”. With social distancing and quarantine in place we are now able to be our true self and accept ourselves for who we are and not need to change ourselves and our basic personality. Here are a few perks of quarantine
- Learning and Work meetings are majorly on online platforms.
- You don’t have to feel guilty for turning down or cancelling plans.
- We get to slow slow down and form deeper connections with the people in our lives.
- Less Social exhaustion – Introverts experience social exhaustion especially from people who are socially draining.
- Creativity – Since we are in our natural state our creativity has been heightened and we are able to come up with brilliant ideas.
With that said, we still want the pandemic to end because of all the havoc that it has caused and as much as we like it now, introvert or extrovert we are all social beings.
A study by the University of California , Haas School of Business found out that information acts on the brain’s dopamine producing a reward system in the same way as money, food or drugs. Our brains can over value information that makes us feel good even though it is not useful.
We are living in a time where information has never been more accessible. It’s all good and well having all that information but we can fall into a trap and become information addicts. If you are an information addict you want to soak up all that information and are always on the hunt for what you can learn next. The problem with that is that you keep learning and never start doing and as time passes you end up knowing a lot of things but you haven’t done anything much.
There is a difference between seeking out knowledge to just know something and seeking knowledge with a purpose to apply it. If you know something and you are not doing anything with it then serves no purpose. When seeking out information always try to ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it to just know facts or is it to be implemented elsewhere.
Productivity is not about doing more, it’s about making more use of your time. Below are a few tips that will help you be more productive.
Urgent vs Important (Eisenhower Matrix)
Most of the time we prioritize the urgent things as opposed to the important ones. When deciding on what to do first, focus on the things that have a higher positive effect in your life. Another tip is to look at the outcome as opposed to the time that it will take to complete a particular task.
Re-think your to do list
When writing down your to do list use a futuristic approach. What task will give you the most satisfaction at the end of the day if completed. Once you identify it prioritize it as the most important one and use the same approach when assigning priority to the rest of your tasks.
Planner vs Doer
We all have a reflective and action taking side and it’s important to create a balance with both sides. Reflective activities include reflecting on your life, setting goals and dreaming about all the things you want to achieve. Doer activities on the other hand include putting your goals and dreams into action. Curve out time to plan and organize things so that the same energy can trickle down to the implementation of your goals and ideas.
Avoid Context switching
This means switching from one task to another. It leads to loss of effectiveness because our brains take time to re-calibrate and mentally prepare to do another task. Take advantage of batching similar things or tasks that take a short amount of time to complete together. This will help you avoid the temptation of switching between tasks.
Change the way you spend your breaks
When taking a break in between work try to engage in things that are outside of work or conversations that are all about work so that you can feel more reinvigorated when you get back to work.
This has to be the toughest time anyone of us has ever experienced. Nobody could have ever seen this coming because 2020 seemed like the magical year. The dawn of a new era, a new decade, any word that you can think of to symbolize a new start. 2020 carried with it a sense of renewed hope and don’t get me wrong I still believe that great things are yet to come but we still have to overcome this storm.
COV 19 has hit the whole world but in different ways. Who would have thought that we would be connected by pain. There are so many ways to look at this whole situation and as tragic as it may be, the optimist in me chooses to look at all the lessons that we can learn. We have all been forced to slow down and it is a chance to look within.
One of the lessons that I have learnt from this is non-attachment. Previous to this whole debacle there are so many things that we’ve had in our lives that we thought we couldn’t survive without. We’ve gotten so attached to materialistic things, always on the move and chasing the next that we forgot what really mattered. It’s time to sit back and look at our lives thus far. It might feel like the tower is collapsing but the beauty about it is that we still have the blocks to rebuild.
We need to detach ourselves from everything that we have believed to be true so far and start fresh and by choosing the things that serve us.The life that you’ve built over the years might come crumbling down. Some people have lost jobs and as insane as it might sound, wallow over the loss but maybe this might be pressure being applied to you so that you can move out of your comfort zone.
The secret to it all is non-attachment. Be comfortable with the fact that things will change. Be willing to accept the change and let go. This is the best time to learn not to hold on to things for too long that we no longer want in our lives. Release whatever it is that you have to release so that you can create room for the blessings that are yet to come. You might have been forced to let go of somethings but it’s high time you learn that nothing lasts forever.