For us extroverts the reality of living in an introverted world thanks to CoVid 19 is enough to give us heart palpitations. No more parties, gatherings of 20-50, noise, loud banter, or endless talking over the top of each of my extroverted colleagues!
Understanding my MBTI personality type has allowed me to navigate this shit-show with greater awareness of when I’m going to fall in hole and / or struggle with feeling disconnected.
Working from home creates so many new challenges such as no real desk space, roaming children, noisy pets, forgetting to dress before video conferencing .. . . and more! I hope the following strategies help you as well.
ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, ISFP
These personality types love to change it up, keep things different & thrive on spontaneity. Oops, home life isn’t really going to cut it unless you create some fun activities. Strategies to survive your new home office:
- Create real deadlines
- Have some fun, be creative
- Remember to connect – call, video
- Create accountabilities – you tend to procrastinate & take short cuts, have someone hold you responsible
- Celebrate your successes – no matter how small (even just keeping to a schedule when you really don’t want to)
ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, ISF
These personality types like to organise, organise, organise and have great discipline. Self-motivation is high so coping with this new home-based set up is not a problem – for a short stint . . . What these guys will struggle with is ‘undisciplined’ systems that may glitch or people who ‘go with the flow’ and may not stick to phone / video conference schedules. Strategies to survive your new home office:
- Create organised systems from the get-go and advise others of how you work best
- Make your space – try to set up a workspace with minimal distractions away from the family area. It gives you the ability to ‘clock on’ mentally for work and ‘clock off’ when you step away.
- Maintain rituals and routines – your structured day gives you stability & lessens stress
- Create boundaries and parameters for family & yourself – when can / can’t family interrupt you? Try and down tools the same time each day – and don’t sneak back to your desk later on.
ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP
These personality types thrive with change so will deal with uncertainty and changed routines better than most. The challenge for this group will be staying challenged enough and stimulated enough to feel you are achieving. Strategies to survive your new home office:
- Be aware of your need to achieve – and achieve with purpose. You will be bored with repetitive tasks so consider how you can feed your ‘big picture’ purpose. If there is the opportunity to take on new projects – go for it.
- Get on-line with your peeps – this will keep you motivated and feeling like you are achieving by listening to the team’s efforts, challenges and achievements.
- Identify goals, set timelines, and keep to them – write these down and tick them off when you achieve them as a visual to show you your progress.
- Set schedules but maintain some flexibility – you will still keep a routine but you might need some splashes of fun and enjoyment.
- Be aware of others emotions – try and employ some empathy and remember to ask people how their day is going (it just doesn’t come naturally to you!).
ENFJ, ENFP, INFJ, INFP
This personality type enjoys autonomy & will enjoy the freedom provided in working from home. What you will miss is people – the connections, the engagement, the support and the friendships. Strategies to survive your new home office:
- Stay connected – phone, video, email; video will work best for you as you will miss the support and friendships
- Make your space – try to set up a workspace away from the family area where you can work with minimal distractions. It gives you the ability to ‘clock on’ mentally for work and ‘clock off’ when you step away.
- Stay socially connected – have a virtual coffee-break with a colleague online
- Be Proactive in offering support for others – it nurtures your soul
- Be nice to yourself – support yourself as well as others; if your ‘cup is empty’ you will have nothing to offer those around you.
Strategies for us all – no matter what your strengths may be we will all struggle with some aspects of socially-distanced workplaces. At surface level everyone may ‘appear’ to be taking everything in their stride however scratch a little deeper and you will find that all personality types will experience challenges and struggles of different magnitudes and types. Be kind to each other, communicate with honesty, instil humancy in your team by asking “how are you coping” every day, with each individual. And a message to all introverts – yes your world has just got much better, no more constant interruptions by a pesky extrovert standing beside your workspace. Just remember to give your extrovert team-mates a virtual hug and allow them extra email space to purge their extra word counts. . . .