This is an unusual time for extroverts in the workforce. Instead of being surrounded by peers, you are most likely trapped in your home with no coworkers around. This is a new problem to navigate, so we have provided a guide below to help extroverts like yourself adapt to remote work.
Just because you’re stuck inside your house doesn’t mean you have to eat completely alone. Schedule a lunch with coworkers, friends, or family to get some social time while refueling. You may discover that your lunch buddies are also struggling with remote work and can exchange some tips! If you want to go the extra mile, have everyone eat the same food. Virtual pizza parties are better than no pizza parties!
Fresh air will help you feel less antsy. Even just a lap around the block will be beneficial and may clear your mind. As a bonus, take your pet along if you have one. They’ll appreciate the exercise and change of scenery!
Though some people need complete silence to get their work done, many prefer to have background noise. If this is your preference, put on some motivational music and watch the hours fly by! You can also try some instrumental music if you find lyrics too distracting. Check out this Spotify playlist for some inspiration.
Social media is a great way to keep friendships going even if your friends live in a different city, state, or country. Now is a great time to take advantage of social networks to stay connected. Though in-person contact may be your preference (with good reason), during times of social distancing social media is a great alternative.
We’ve never lived in a time when home workouts were more readily available and simple to access. Take advantage of YouTube, Peloton, Daily Burn, and countless other options to stay in shape. And don’t worry if you don’t have any equipment- many of these programs offer bodyweight workouts that don’t require anything but yourself!
Taking time to meditate or practice mindfulness will do wonders for your psychological state during times of stress or isolation. Simply Google meditations and find one that works for you or use an app like Headspace or Calm. When you’re feeling tense throughout the day, take a moment to close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
Though hanging out with friends and family in-person is ideal, there are other ways to have fun with them virtually! Download an app like Psych to play games together, watch a movie together using Netflix Party, or even have a Skype session to have some face-time.
Obviously becoming an introvert isn’t the answer, but taking time to focus on the things that you enjoy about working from home can be a helpful practice. It may not be your cup of tea or first choice, but you may try to look at remote work as a fun challenge. Try to see if you can use these tips to make working from home tolerable, or even enjoyable. And check out Zight (formerly CloudApp) to learn how you can communicate visually with your team using video without having to schedule a video call.
Check out the full infographic below and share it with other extroverts so they can enjoy their remote work experience more!