The answer is, yes. We can all work from home but it will definitely suit some of us more than others. When we find ourselves spending long stretches of the day by ourselves, for some it can be amazingly productive, but for others they may well just find it drains them.
Your personality make up has a huge influence on this. If you know your MBTI, Myers Briggs profile the key thing to look for is are you an E (Extraversion) or an I (Introversion) ?
People with an Extraversion preference tend to enjoy human interactions and to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive, and gregarious. They are energized and thrive off being around other people. They take pleasure in activities that involve large social gatherings, such as parties, community activities, public demonstrations, and business or political groups. They also tend to work well in groups.
An extraversion person is likely to enjoy time spent with people and find time spent alone draining. They tend to be energized when around other people, and they are more prone to boredom and feeling tired, when they are by themselves.
Doesn’t bode well for working from home does it? But fear not there are things you can do.
- Stay connected with colleagues and friends online.
- Schedule family time and breaks.
- Get out for a walk and be stimulated by nature and your surroundings
- Break up your day into chunks, and have social time either online or with family in between.
- Do something that interests you in down time like a hobby
Introversion people on the other hand are typically seen as more reserved or reflective. Their energy levels may well increase with quiet reflective time and they become incredibly productive whilst if they are constantly interacting and in meetings they can find their energy dwindles and they crave a bit of peace and quiet. This doesn’t mean they are not sociable, it’s to do with how they give and receive energy.
Introverts often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, or meditating. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people. Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement, They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to consider things before inputting
So working from home is looking like a great option for you Introversion types. But don’t forget to keep in touch with colleagues and friends. Take regular breaks from work and use your hobby as down time. Try yoga or contemplative exercise too.
All that being said when you bring your whole type into the equation it starts to impact further on this. Interested to find out more? Why not take your test … it’s amazing just how accurate this can be and once you understand yourself better, how you can be even more successful. The absolute best way to do this is through 121 coaching which I do offer as an accredited MBTI coach. However you can also follow my self guided program here
So which one are you?