Can introverts ever have too much alone time?
If you’d asked me this question a few years ago when I was still in a crazy busy full time job, I would have said no. I craved alone time with an absolute passion and would hold on desperately to every single moment of solitude that I could find.
However, these days life is a little different. Now that I work from home full time (most of which is spent on my own), I would say that yes, there is such a thing as too much alone time, even for someone as highly introverted as me.
Every now and again I love to put a question out to the online world so that other introverts can share their experience, knowledge and tips for how they live their lives and honour their introversion.
This month, we’re talking energy.
I’ve found that during my life both as an employee and a business owner, it’s the busiest times in my life when I’ve really needed to work hard to protect my energy and care for my need for solitude and quiet time. In this busy world that we live in where ‘to do’ lists can reach to the moon and back, I believe it’s more important than ever to really listen to your body, follow your gut instincts, find the rest that you need, and nurture your need for alone time.
A few years ago I had a severe case of the career blues. All the signs were there – I felt them in my body, heart and soul every time my alarm went off in the morning.
I knew what was wrong, and I knew the reasons. But sometimes it’s hard to create change, hard to escape the daily routines that are dragging us down, hard to see the other options.
This is a sneaky peak into my online course Quiet Creations: Kick-Start
I love having my head in the clouds.
Allowing daydreams to take over from conscious thought is often where I have my most creative moments and ideas. It also happens to be something that many introverts are brilliant at.
This exercise is all about letting go of reality for a moment and thinking about your perfect life. I want you to imagine that the world is your oyster. All the usual practicalities that can hold you back are no longer barriers. Money is no object and you can literally wish for anything.
Jim Carey. A man who is known for entertaining huge audiences, playing the fool, making people laugh and generally being a big, bold and loud character. Hardly the quiet and retiring type that I usually like to shine a light on.
However, I recently watched a short but inspiring video of Jim Carey making a speech at a graduation ceremony which is also where the above quote came from. Within this speech he shared a tale about his father who always longed to be a comedian, but who instead chose the ‘safe’, ‘practical’, ‘less scary’ road, and got a job as an accountant.
This post is being dedicated to Danielle LaPorte who reminded me of how I want to feel, and to Gemma Regaldo who reminded me that sometimes we all need to let go.
Some people must look at my career history and think it looks flaky.
I’ve tried different things, never stayed in a job for more than about 2 years, gone on courses which I’ve not completed, changed my mind and moved around A LOT.