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3 Ways To Be More Productive As A Busy Introvert
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In today’s world it can be so hard to stay productive.
There are so many distractions that can prevent any person from being productive. It can be work related or something personal.
Think about it- phones can be a God send, but they can also be a huge distraction. It is so easy to just push a few buttons and you are scrolling on social media for what ends up being hours.
The day then comes to an end and you realize that you did not accomplish anything near what you needed to get done.
For introverts, in particular, being productive can mean a completely different thing.
We can be unproductive in different ways- not just by being lazy for not completing a certain task. That particular task may mean that we have to socialize for a long period of time.
For example, if we have a work project that needs to be done with other coworkers, us introverts may stall a bit. It may be hard for us to relax in order to officially start the project.
We have other ways of being unproductive as well, but there are ways to help yourself when you feel overwhelmed and unproductive.
Staying productive as a busy introvert can take many different strategies to see what works best for you.
1. Use a specific time management strategy to stay productive as a busy introvert
I don’t know about you, but when I have so much going on it can feel very overwhelming.
So overwhelmed that it can make me feel really unmotivated, therefore I do not end up being very productive. Or I end up going through a mental block, and need a really good push to get going.
Even more so when on top of being unmotivated I have to think about all of the socialization it may take me to get going on those specific tasks.
Because certain socialization can make an me feel drained, I really need to take a step back and focus on what I can do instead of what I feel like I cannot do at that moment.
What also helps me during these times is first writing a list of what needs to be done. Then I start with the smallest project first, and then work my way up to the larger projects.
Once I see the checked off marks on a list, it creates a better visual for me so I can get some more motivation to keep moving.
Or I sometimes do something similar to the Pomodoro Technique.
For the Pomodoro Technique you need to get rid of all distractions, set a timer and work on one project for 25 minutes. In between you take can small breaks.
If you haven’t tried this yet, you really should!
You get alone time, and you also get your mind off of other things that are bothering you by focusing on one task at a time.
2. Switch between different tasks if you are working on a group project (or something similar)
What I mean by this is for example if you are working on a group project at work. You could start by doing the part of the project by yourself (or if you can anyway).
Then go to your coworkers and work on stuff together, and then switch again and work by yourself.
This way you can get a much needed break from constant social interaction all day long.
When you are by yourself really let yourself relax by giving yourself a few extra minutes of free time if time allows it.
This could mean anything from meditating for a bit, reading a book for a few minutes or anything else that you think would relax you.
Gather your thoughts so when you go back to working with the rest of your coworkers your mind can be free of any distractions or feelings of not wanting to be around others.
So if you find yourself being drained from too much social interaction all day make sure you get those little breaks in between.
3. Invest in a good planner or app
Some people may not love this idea, but I love having a daily planner. Now, I don’t write out my entire days of work, but usually more important things about work, kids or appointments.
I use this planner* to keep track of my daily work schedule, kid’s appointments, and my personal appointments.
I am a very visual person, and I love to see things written down. Not only does it help me remember things as they come, but it also helps me keep track of what will be going on the next day, week, or month.
When I am feeling unproductive I grab my planner and sit alone for a while. I read through it and decide what can be done possibly sooner or pushed back to a later time if needed.
It also helps my mind stay a bit clearer by knowing what will be coming up in the near future.
Having an idea of what is coming up in your life may help you become more aware. If you feel yourself feeling overwhelmed write down something you can do for yourself as self-care.
For example, you could write down that you will take a walk at noon on your lunch break.
Or maybe go for a yoga class on Tuesday evening after work.
By writing it down, you may be more likely to follow through with it. Having it physically written down and checking it off once it is completed will probably make you feel much better about it as well.
There are also apps that you can use a daily planner if you do not like to the idea of carrying around a planner.
Use basically anything that will help you stay organized and not so overwhelmed when it comes to being productive! As an introvert it can be hard to find balance between getting time alone and being a busy, productive person.
Find what works for you personally and go with it!
Can you think of any other ways to stay productive as a busy introvert? What has worked for you and what has not worked for you?
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