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Remote Work as an Extrovert: Surviving Work From Home

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Remote work is here to stay. Take notes if you are an extrovert looking for a little support to survive the current work-from-home conditions.

Working remotely has its benefits, but it can be hard for extroverts. Surviving your new work-from-home environment can take some getting used to. It is vital to maintain social interaction while working from home. Set aside time every day to take breaks and get away from your desk for better mental health and productivity.

Balance Work and Home Life

Remote work can often be difficult for extroverts. Since they’re more social than introverts, it may be difficult for some extroverts to turn off their phones or laptops in the evening. But they should try their best to set boundaries between work and leisure time to maintain good mental health.

If you work from home, try keeping a regular schedule, even if no one is holding you accountable. If you need others around, consider scheduling daily coffee chats with other remote workers to take a break and catch up.

Pro tip

Group chats are a great way to enjoy small talk, discuss your weekend plans, or even ask for assistance. Keeping your off-topic conversation under control can be a struggle, but chats are quick and help you get back to work quickly without getting distracted.

The Benefit of Taking Breaks

When you’re surviving remote work as an extrovert, it’s easy to get trapped in a bubble of your own work and tasks. You’re not surrounded by coworkers and colleagues who can interact with you throughout the day. If you’re an extrovert, this may be a problem for your mental health. But don’t worry. There are still ways that you can combat loneliness while working from home! Try these methods to keep yourself on track.

Schedule some time to talk to your friends, and make sure you make time for exercise, even if it’s just a simple walk around the block each day. Physical movement can provide energy when you are feeling low. Short conversation breaks, even over the phone, can help to provide just enough socialization to help propel you through your afternoon tasks.

If you feel comfortable, ask your company for a fun Friday game or quick virtual challenge that teams can participate in together. These small brain breaks can help keep you motivated and focused on your tasks while allowing for much-needed interaction.

Collaborate With Coworkers

Be mindful of how much time you spend working alone. We could all use a sounding board for ideas or issues that may arise during your workday. Consider a standing meeting with coworkers to bounce around ideas or help brainstorm a solution. 

If working fully remote is taking a toll on your mental health, consider hybrid work options that allow you to work in the office a few days a week. If your company’s space is still closed or in-person work isn’t possible, consider joining a nearby coworking facility. These spaces usually have desks for rent and other remote extroverts looking to stay balanced.

We have all had to make adaptations due to the pandemic. Remote work is likely here to stay, so put in an effort to find a way to make it work for you.

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