Introverts and extroverts, and why you need to know which you are

Do you know whether you’re an introvert or extrovert?

It’s pretty important to know which one you are if you want to be efficient and effective throughout your day.

Introverts and extroverts: the definition

When you look up the definition of the word “introvert” on Google, you’ll see that the first result says “a shy, reticent person.”

That’s not really the true definition of the term.

In fact, the classic definition of introverts and extroverts has less to do with preference (whether you like being around people,) and more to do with what fuels you.

What energizes you?

Introverts are drained when surrounded by groups of people.

Extroverts, on the other hand, thrive off the energy of others.

For extroverts, being surrounded by a group of people is exciting and energizing. For introverts, it’s draining and tiring.

Getting to know yourself:

Let me start off by saying, there is no “right” way to be.

I’ll also add that there are so many shades of gray here; there are “extroverted introverts” as well as “introverted extroverts,” but bear with me here.

It’s not about putting yourself into a bucket for label’s sake.

It’s about understanding what environments fuel your energy. 

When you have a clear sense of what situations add or deplete your energy, you can plan your day (meetings, calls, etc) around that understanding.

Operating with understanding:

I’m the classic definition of an extrovert: I light up when in the presence of others. Team brainstorms and group work sessions both excite and inspire me.

Before joining Telesco Creative Group as their Social Media Director, I worked as a social media consultant. And let me tell you, I was always tired.

Working alone was completely draining to me; it zapped my energy.

It wasn’t until I had been part of the TCG team for a few months until I realized how much more energy I had on a daily basis.

Just being surrounded by others helped fill up my energy cup; it was exhilarating.

It’s been an incredible transformation for me to realize that, and I’ve used it to shape my days.

I talk to the team in the mornings, before doing my creative work. Just a little chat can help get me going.

Similarly, I plan meetings for the afternoon; the time of day that my physical energy starts to deplete. I stack my afternoons with activities (meetings, calls, etc) that I know help me to build up that energy reserve.

If you’re an introvert, you might opt for the opposite approach. Perhaps you start your workday alone (so that you have the energy to do your most important work first,) and only take meetings at the end of the day. This way, you can go home right after the meeting, get that alone time and refill your energy cup.

Regardless of which one you are, the self-awareness is the most critical because it will arm and empower you with knowledge.

Watch my video above to learn how to shape your day as a result of knowing whether you’re an introvert or extrovert!

Have a funny story or your own take to share? Leave it with me in the comments below!

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