Join us today for the Saturday Night Special with practical tips for dealing with social isolation...
If you are an introvert or extrovert you need to be aware of how you can deal with it during this time of social physical isolation.
In tonight’s Saturday Night Special I talk with you about why you need to not think of this as social isolation but rather physical isolation. I share some practical tips that extroverts can take in this time to be ok. I also share some practical tips that introverts can take in this time to be ok.
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00:00:00 Welcome to tonight's Saturday night special, where I'm talking about introverts, extroverts and social isolation. Welcome to tonight's Saturday night special, where I'm talking about introverts, extroverts and social isolation. I really hate that term social isolation. It sounds like we're supposed to not talk to other human beings. Truth is, right now, what we're supposed to do is separate ourselves physically from each other. But socially, we still need to connect That is so important so that we can all help each other and serve each other and thrive even in this time of challenge.
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00:02:42 If, like me, you've seen them. Eames going around about how introverts and extroverts air dealing with social distancing.
00:02:50 You've probably seen a few different jokes and stories about how oh, you know, the introverts are all thriving in this time.
00:02:57 And, you know, the extroverts are now struggling. And the truth is, that's not completely true.
00:03:04 There are both introverts and extroverts thriving during this time. They're just doing it in different ways and the real value here,
00:03:13 the real power here is recognizing what you are and what you need and then stepping back and setting up the systems,
00:03:22 the processes, the tools, the habits that allow you to thrive in this time. See, the truth is,
00:03:29 people have been telecommuting and working from home for decades now, and some of those people are introverts. And some of those people are extroverts,
00:03:39 and the problems they have in the way they work is going to be different. So first off, let's define introverted,
00:03:46 extroverted, and I'm gonna use a real simple test and a real simple decision. You know, the truth is,
00:03:53 if you don't know if you're an introvert, er extroverts, think about during normal times, not right now.
00:03:58 But during normal times, if you had an extra two hours free, would you rather spend it doing an activity surrounded by a large group of people.
00:04:07 Or would you rather do an activity with just maybe a few close friends? Or even no one? It's kind of,
00:04:13 Ah, do you read a book in your spare time, or do you go to a club or a dance or concert in your spare time?
00:04:24 Now don't get me wrong. Introverts occasionally go to concerts and other things. It's not that they never get out in large groups of people,
00:04:31 but the truth is introverts. When they get out in those large groups, it drains their energy, while when extroverts air around a large group of people,
00:04:41 it gives them energy. So if you're an extra vert right now and you're having to deal with social distancing,
00:04:48 you're not able to go into the office. You're not able to go down to the Starbucks or a restaurant and be surrounded by that noise and energy of people.
00:04:57 You're gonna have to do some things differently to give yourself that interest. That energy and the challenge for introverts is because introverts and I'm an introvert in many ways,
00:05:09 because introverts kind of one a self isolate and go to their own little place right now, when there's so much stress and anxiety going on,
00:05:17 this can actually cause problems. It can lead to depression. It can lead to frustration. It can lead to exhaustion because they don't want to socialize.
00:05:27 But they become trapped in their own minds. So you need tohave some tools and some techniques in places an introvert to to deal with this kind of social distancing.
00:05:40 So let's talk a little bit about some of the practical tips will do extroverts first cause you know, in many ways extroverts are going to be struggling the most right now because they need that energy of other people surrounding them.
00:05:53 That's what gets them through the day. And so what you've got to do is create that environment virtually.
00:06:02 It's not ideal. It's not perfect. But there's ways you can do that. For example, you can set up a zoom call with three or four your coworkers and at the top of the hour,
00:06:12 take 10 or 15 minutes and just chat about what you're gonna focus on and do that our have a little bit of small talk,
00:06:19 talk to each other and enjoy each other's company, and then leave the mikes on so that you can hear each other working and get to work at the end of the hour.
00:06:29 Come back 15 minutes, spend some time together, or even set up kind of water cooler moments with some of your other extroverted coworkers.
00:06:38 Schedule times that you'll get on the phone or get on a zoom. Call, preferably Zoom cause you can see each other or Skype or something like that and chat for 15 to 30 minutes.
00:06:50 Have lunch with your colleagues, virtually set up lunch states where you actually get on a zoom call and have lunch together.
00:06:57 Play even some games together. Now don't use that as an excuse to not do any work, but you can schedule some relaxation time and play online games together where you can actually talk to each other,
00:07:10 hear each other's voices, maybe even see each other's face. There are APS out there that allow you to do that.
00:07:17 There's an app and a tool that will allow you to set up Ah virtual coffee shop with the noises that you would hear in a coffee shop called Cough It Vitti,
00:07:29 which is really hard to say and I'll put a link to that in the show notes. So there's ways that you can do that online or offline as well,
00:07:38 so as extroverts. What you need to do is look for the opportunities and the tools that allow you to surround yourself with both the visual and the noise and the energy of people and schedule times to have regular conversations with other human beings now is introverts.
00:07:57 Here's the challenge for you. The challenge for you is that you generally want to go into yourself. You want to self isolate.
00:08:06 That's your natural tendency. But right now, with all of the stress and energy, you have to find times and ways to create both quiet space and to create some time with other people.
00:08:22 You need to limit it, obviously. But again, just like the extroverts, you still need to have some social time.
00:08:28 Schedule it. Maybe it's only five minutes, though, Instead of 15 to 30 you probably don't want to zoom.
00:08:34 Call with a whole bunch of people on, or while that's on, you want to mute all of those people in minimize the videos that you're not seeing them or hearing them except at the top of the hour when you check in with each other so you can use the same tools but use it in a different way.
00:08:52 You would have schedule some time to do activities that aren't alone activities or activities that take you outside where you can get the sunlight and the energy from that.
00:09:05 Because the truth is, we have a tendency sometimes is introverts to go into ourselves in a way that isn't healthy.
00:09:13 And so you need to force yourself to get out of that comfort zone at least a little bit, but not as much.
00:09:21 The extra vert needs to do that with a larger amount of time, and for some of you, you've got the additional challenge of now.
00:09:29 Two people are more than two people are working from home in the same environment, and some of those people are introverts and some are extroverts.
00:09:37 So you need to create some separation even inside the home of space and time, so that the extroverts can do some of the things they need to do without causing the introvert too much stress and the introvert can do some of the things that they need to do without causing the extra vert.
00:09:57 Too much stress you need to communicate about it. You need to have a separate space, if at all possible.
00:10:04 You need to spend some time getting outside of yourself and outside of your house, if you can. Some places that's not allowed right now.
00:10:13 But if it is allowed in your region, still spend some time out doors every day as an introvert or as an extra vert,
00:10:23 you conduce a well in this time. But the trick is to be aware of what you need and who you are,
00:10:31 and then set up the systems and the processes and the tools to get what you need so that you can thrive even in this age of social isolation.
00:10:44 And by the way, I really hate that term social isolation. It sounds like we're supposed to not talk to other human beings.
00:10:51 The truth is, right now, what we're supposed to do is separate ourselves physically from each other. But socially,
00:10:58 we still need to connect that is so important so that we can all help each other and serve each other and thrive even in this time of challenge.
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Introverts are dependent on their own inside noise, extroverts are dependent of outside noise. The outputs are dependent on quality of those noise. ― Amit K Ghosh