Why You Should Try Working Alone
I’ve recently been feeling strong and consistent emotions of what I like to call, “leave me alone” syndrome. My introverted personality and self-diagnosed social anxiety often contribute to a want to be completely alone for at least one full day a week. We’re talking twenty four hours of complete and utter solitude in the abyss I call isolation.
Am I crazy? Maybe. Do I like living like a recluse? More than ever. It’s not that I shun people because I don’t like them (well, not usually), it’s just that sometimes I’d much rather be at peace with myself and my surroundings, examining the world in a new light. To me, being alone enables you to have a different perspective on things.
For example, I often think about the quote (And I could be misquoting here. Also, I forget who first said this, so most likely this part of my blog will be edited out. Maybe it’s my own quote. I’m not really sure), “there’s already so much noise in the world, so why would I contribute anymore?” This quote, pretty much sums up my life, because you see, the world is so loud, which makes concentrating on your own words and your own thoughts incredibly difficult. People are constantly interrupting, arguing, and competing over who can make the most noise. Maybe we’d be more productive and prone to creative expression if we just for one second, gave ourselves some quiet time.
You see, being alone has helped me tremendously in the work that I do, not only in my personal life, but also throughout my role at Design4Change as the Social Media Coordinator. I can focus easier and give my mind time to explore my creative thoughts and ideas in depth, with little to no distraction. Working in an open workspace, I’m constantly surrounded by coworkers, clients or peers coming in and out of the office causing me to have the need to be alone. Without having a physical personal space to work in, this sometimes means plugging myself into my computer and listening to some dope tunes, or working in an area with fewer people around.
Being alone allows for no time to be criticized by others or shot down for seemingly “wacky” ideas, something you may often encounter in group work. You’ll also feel more enabled to take risks when you’re alone because you won’t be afraid of the feedback of others. You don’t have to be worried about people talking over you, or asking you questions, you can just be present in the moment.
I know what you’re thinking: “who are you? And why should I listen?” Well, maybe to support my thought process a bit more, I’ll include some life changing statistics and possibly a pie chart. But also, maybe not. Because, who are we kidding? You and I both know you’re not going to continue reading if I do that.
Maybe I can convince you by saying, listen to me, I’m a self-proclaimed introvert, who often gets questioned by friends as to why I haven’t been around for a couple weeks at a time. Or why I never answer their texts or decline their calls. Being alone gives you a chance to learn more about yourself and what you can accomplish. It gives you time to ponder ideas and explore what may seem impossible. Alone time enables you to be your true self and pursue the crazy ideas that may circulate within your mind.
So maybe next time you have to create something and you don’t know where to start, escape the noise and work in peace. No matter where you are, or what your job requires you to do, realize that being alone can have positive effects on your mind and creative abilities. Who knows? Maybe an ounce of solitude will lead you to discover something great.