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What a Typical Day Is Like for Introverts

What a Typical Day Is Like for Introverts

Hearing the word introvert probably conjures up a person who is shy and not willing to interact with people; however, being an introvert and being shy are two separate personality traits. While some people can be both, many introverts just find a sense of peace being in their own company and indulging in lone pursuits away from others. This doesn’t mean they hate being around people; it just means they need less time in the presence of others.

There are many positive ways introverts contribute to the world around them — they are good observers, and are trustworthy, focused, and thought-provoking. In essence, introverts may come across as shy and reticent but they are just predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than external things.

A typical day for an introvert will vary, but the core inner feelings transcend throughout each day and can shape interaction with others and their choices of activities.

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A Day in the Life of an Introvert

7:00 a.m. — You go for a run.

You enjoy activities by yourself, so going for a run alone is no bother. Putting in your music and setting out for your morning workout is an excellent time to start the day and get your thoughts in check. Introverts are deep thinkers, so a good workout is not only a good opportunity to think about the day ahead, but it’s also a great opportunity to clear the mind of unneeded thoughts that are cluttering your brain.

8:30 a.m. — You enjoy reading your book on the commute to work.

Introverts love being in their own little world and reading is the perfect way to do this. It’s also a way of shutting out anyone around you — not because you are trying to be rude, but because you just enjoy the mindfulness and comfort of being immersed in your book with no distractions.

9:00 a.m. — You notice your co-worker’s new haircut.

Being an introvert, you are very good at making observations, and you are often the first to notice something different like a colleague’s new hair cut or new outfit. This is why introverts can sometimes be recognized as being thoughtful. Being observant also means you pick up on conversations and any awkward moments even if you aren’t involved in the conversation itself.

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12:00 p.m. — You become absorbed in your work.

Time can often fly when you’re an introvert because you get very immersed in whatever you’re doing. You have a knack of focusing well on anything you put your mind to. Introverts tend to be driven and disciplined and can direct their energy well into a project or a goal, especially if it’s something they’re passionate about.

1:00 p.m. — You go out for work lunch but leave earlier than others.

You go out for lunch and enjoy the break with colleagues and friends, but you are more likely to leave lunch much earlier than the others especially if lunch extends longer than usual. This isn’t because you’re trying to be rude or hate the people you’re with, but introverts need a certain amount of time away from people to recuperate mentally. Sometimes being in the company of others can be a bit too much especially if there are dominating personalities around you.

5:00 p.m. — You get invited out for drinks but decline.

The thought of being in a large group and socializing can be okay for an introvert for a certain amount of time, but after a while it can become boring to them. The common notion that being by yourself is lonely and boring without interaction with others is the complete opposite for an introvert. Many people find this hard to understand, but if you’re an introvert, you know exactly what I mean! Because of this, many invitations are declined or plans can be cancelled at the last minute in favor of staying in and enjoying your own company.

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5:15 p.m. — A stranger on the bus makes small talk — and you hate it.

There you are happily reading your book with an empty seat next to you, when someone decides to sit down despite there being numerous other seats they could have chosen. This annoys you a bit but what can you do? However, the person then starts asking you about your book and the dread sets in. You absolutely hate small talk and never know what to say or how to carry on the conversation — the awkwardness ruins your journey and you’re annoyed you didn’t get to finish that last page of the chapter before your bus stop approaches.

5:30 p.m. — You’re happy to be home.

As an introvert, you love being home. Home to you is your safe place and the place where you can truly relax and unwind. This is why you’d secretly love to be able to have a job where you can work from home and just be surrounded by your comforts.

6:00 p.m. — Your friend calls.

You love your friends, and just because you decline invitations and cancel plans sometimes doesn’t mean you don’t love having people in your life. As an introvert, you are more likely to have a small, close circle of friends rather than hundreds of acquaintances that demand your time. You love having interaction with your close friends, but they are the ones who are more likely to call you or initiate a conversation because you can find it hard to muster up the need to call, but this doesn’t mean you love them any less.

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7:30 p.m. — You take your dog for a walk.

Introverts — whether single, in a relationship, or married with a family — love to spend time with their pets. This is because animals don’t talk and just keep you company in a silent and non-judgmental way. You sometimes think you relate more to animals than people — or at least like the quiet company more. Having a pet like a dog is a good excuse to take yourself out of situations with people and be by yourself by taking them for a nice, quiet, reflective walk.

Featured photo credit: Reading by Alexander Lyubavin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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