Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Are these crazy busy days in our schools or what?
From graduation related events, student and staff recognitions, field trips, field days, and critical planning meetings for the upcoming school year, our calendars are jampacked.
No wonder many of us are too pooped to post another post-it.
I know I am.
But on we go!
But caffeine can’t always be our “go to” remedy.
There’s another way to boost our energy.
All it takes is a little time in self-reflection.
She offers this approach to combating fatigue.
She says you first need to determine if you are an introvert or an extrovert.
And it’s not about being nice, friendly, or popular.
Neither introverts or extroverts have exclusive claim to these.
Your self-assessment has nothing to do with measuring your social skills, how well you get along with others, or counting up how many friends you have.
(Whew! This is good news!)
Vertel says we must expand the traditional definition of what introvert and extrovert means to include how both factions recharge their batteries differently.
For example, introverts get their mood and energy boosts from “quiet times alone” and creating unscheduled blocks of time on their calendars, among other things.
Extroverts get their mood and energy boosts directly from other people; whether from gatherings, meetings, crowds, or parties, they generally feel better when their calendars show lots of daily activities and “people to see.”
According to Vertel, it’s only when you come to grips with what category you all into, can you take the most effective steps to lift up your spirit and energy level.
You control your calendar, you know.
It’s up to you whether you want to daily add more things to it or create more pockets of blank space.
And amazingly, if you lead a team, accommodating for its unique “introvert” and “extrovert” make-up can help you improve its overall productivity.
You just have to be sensitive to the different ways individuals reclaim their energy edge.
I sure hope I find out I’m an extrovert.
The mere thought of spending “quiet times alone” with myself is depressing.
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