Showing posts with label quiet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quiet. Show all posts

Dec 22, 2015

Introvert Role Models: We Don't Know Them

Dear readers,

I'd like to take a few moments to express my sincere gratitude - for your dedication to reading the Working Quietly blog, and for standing beside me on this writer's adventure to lay bare some parts of the soul that have not seen daylight in a long, long time. I'm grateful for your support and I hope that we can continue on our journey together.

Oct 30, 2015

Personality: It's All About Snacking

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/10/introvert-personality-snacking.html

Instinctively as human beings, we all know it's important keep a full belly and eat healthy to nourish our body. But, is that the only thing that requires feeding? What other parts of our bodies starve when they don't get the "nutrition" that they crave? The answer might surprise you!

Aug 11, 2015

Entrepreneurs Suck!

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/08/entrepreneurs-suck-introvert-business-entrepreneurship.html
Well, not really. But I hope that got your attention.

Have you ever started a business, or wanted to? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to work for yourself?

Some of us have, and a lot of us do - almost 1 in 6 Americans go to work for themselves every single day. So when you think about it, all you need to do to meet an entrepreneur is look around you, and chances are you'll already have one or two in your own circle of friends.

Jul 18, 2015

Working Alone Is A Virtue

In today's world of work, collaborating with other people to do our work is as common and expected as the stale air we breathe in at the office every day.

We assume that working with others is naturally a good thing, and we take every opportunity to interface, collaborate and build consensus for every tiny little decision we take. For some people, this is a blessing, but for others it is a curse.

Jan 31, 2015

Life Lesson: Don't Be A Joiner

Nobody likes being pulled onto somebody else's bandwagon. This seems like a fairly obvious thing, but why do we allow this to happen to us when we're on the job? When I started my software career over a decade ago, like so many young people I craved a sense of purpose and looked to the outside world to give it to me, by gaining the respect and admiration of my peers.

Jan 17, 2015

Communication Toolkit for Introverts

https://www.packtpub.com/business/communication-toolkit-introvertsFind your voice in everyday business situations

By Patricia Weber
(reviewed by Working Quietly)

As introverts, one of the major tipping points in our career journey is when we realize that a lot of the "common sense" knowledge we were taught just doesn't seem to fit who we are as individuals, and if we're lucky, we eventually discover our true nature, and realize how the word introvert just wraps around our personality like a warm blanket.

Jan 3, 2015

2015: You Can Change More Than Just Your Socks!

It's a new year, and change is a healthy thing.  Well folks, it's time for a change here too.  I've decided to turn over a new leaf for the blog, and you'll be seeing a few changes around here in the coming days and weeks. If you're here for inspiration on how to be an introvert in the workplace, don't worry because there'll still be plenty of servings! So, what exactly is changing? 

Four years ago, it all started with an idea

When I was working (and withering) away in my third full-time software job just a few years ago, "it" finally hit me. What? That epiphany that seems to explain the root of all of the problems I was enduring at work, in one simple sentence.

Dec 28, 2014

Make A Fresh Start With A New Year's Undo!

I'd like to take this chance to wish you, my loyal reader, an early Happy 2015! It's that time of year to celebrate what's been accomplished in the year that's almost over and, you read it correctly, make some undo's for the new year! So, what's that exactly?

Over the past few years, I've gotten into the habit of skipping the usual guilt-inducing new year's resolutions in favor of something a lot more powerful and life altering. Why? Because it actually freaking works, that's why!

Dec 13, 2014

Extroverts Are Awesome!

Did that get your attention? I hope it did.  Seriously though, in the spirit of understanding and appreciating the good points of all people on the personality spectrum, I think it's incredibly worthwhile to talk about the things that really make extroverts shine. The Holidays are upon us, after all, so why not extend a friendly olive branch?  Let's get started!

Dec 6, 2014

Boost Your Self Esteem In 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back readers! This is another article in my series about improving your self confidence at work.  As stressed out employees and overwhelmed introverts, we've all gone through several experiences at the office where we begin to question whether we're really cut out to be working in our jobs, and if we're really worthy of having the title that goes under our name.  These episodes of diminished self confidence typically come up when we have moments of low self esteem, and we're looking for a way to justify our negative thoughts and feelings.

Nov 29, 2014

Don't Be An Entrepreneur, Just Work For Yourself

When you were growing up, did you ever want to be rich or famous? Or maybe both? I certainly had these ambitions when I was younger, when I wanted to make a loud and flashy entrance into the business world.

When I look back at that self-portrait in my mind, I'm astounded by how different of a person I've become. I've achieved a lot of goals, but the ones that I'm most proud of didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. I might have wanted to make millions by the time I was 30, and I didn't do that, but I still became rich beyond my wildest dreams.


Nov 21, 2014

Take Back 30 Minutes Now: 3 Easy Ways

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people reading this wish they could have more time in a day to get their work done. I certainly do, but for years I got confused by the concept of "time management" and assumed that it involved the copious use of day planners and a rigid second-by-second accounting of my time. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

Thankfully, I was wrong about that. So wrong. You don't need a time management system to reclaim your schedule back. You just need to keep reading!

Nov 14, 2014

3 Easy Ways To Dish It Back (To An Extrovert)

When I was younger, I used to dream about what it would be like to be all grown-up, and work in a grown-up job with no more school lessons, and no homework. I had this wonderful idea of being in a perfect job, with perfect colleagues, and enjoying a long rewarding career. Well, that was the dream, and then "reality" splashed me in the face when I grew up. No job is perfect, and our colleagues certainly aren't perfect, at least not like we imagined they would be.

Oct 25, 2014

3 Signs You're Over Stimulated At Work

When was the last time you really got to concentrate at work?  I'm not talking about just shutting your door for just a few minutes (if you have one) and drowning out the noise for a few minutes. I'm talking about the kind of concentration where you lose track of time and nothing else matters, except the thing you are working on.

Oct 19, 2014

The Bland Entrepreneur

If you're reading this, you're probably working in a job that you need but do not like, or one that you do not need, but you're unsure of where to go next in your career.

Is this you?  This was me just a few years ago.  Honestly, my life felt like one big contradiction, and I couldn't quite make sense of where I was, and where I was going.

Oct 12, 2014

We Need More Quiet Leaders Now

When things go wrong, we look to the people in charge to take care of us and make things right. This is part of our human nature.

Western society and Hollywood films teach us that successful leaders must owe their success to the parts of their personality that can be seen and heard by the people around them.  Excellent leaders are charismatic and gregarious.

But, is this really what good leaders do?

Oct 5, 2014

The Project Whisperer: Every Team Needs One

If projects were easy, we wouldn't need to hire professionals to get them done. This is common sense, and it underscores why our work is supposed to be hard, and why we hone our skills and abilities when we face difficult challenges in our work, and win those challenges.

But, are there occasions when people and personalities might get in the way of a successful outcome? I have seen this happen many times over the years, and it is why every effective team needs a project whisperer.

Sep 28, 2014

The #1 Secret Of The Confident Professional Introvert

Are you an introvert working in a professional setting? Do you feel like you are keeping a secret that you don't want to let anybody find out?

In a professional work environment, the desire to project a clean, comfortable and bland image for your coworkers and clients is often the biggest concern for an introvert who wants to prove to others that they can "fit in". Is there a better way?

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Sep 6, 2014

Stress Busting Introvert Mind Tricks For the Office

We all face stress in our work on a daily basis. That is probably the least profound thing you will hear all day. So, why am I writing yet another article about work stress? Honestly, I think that the topic of introverts and stress deserves some more attention.  As introverts, our brains are wired differently, and we have some some unique advantages and pitfalls that we need to look out for when we encounter stress at the office.