As you may or may not know, an introvert, dear readers, is a person who spends energy engaging in social interactions. The opposite, an extrovert, gains energy from social interactions. Now, that’s not to say introverts don’t enjoy being social. It’s just that introverts need a little time to ourselves after being social.
You might have guessed that I am an introvert. I know, I know, how could I possibly be an introvert? I seem so outgoing and friendly, right?! Well, I am, so there. I’m an introvert and I work at a call center taking inbound calls. My job is for me to be social 100% of the time. I have to talk to people 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. For me, this takes a tremendous amount of energy.
Before I even got on the phones I was getting antsy for time alone by lunch. There were 15 of us crammed into a small training room. There is no escaping people here at work. Even if my phone calls are only about 5 -10 minutes long in terms of time spent speaking to the customer (as opposed to placing them on hold and asking one of the team leads “What the hell am I supposed to do?!?”), it’s too much social interaction for me.
And I feel bad because by the time I get home, I’ve got right around zero tolerance for being social and of course my parents want to know how my day went and the like. Because they’re my parents and I love them
(and they usually have dinner ready by the time I get home), I want to know how their days have gone, too. I’m able to call upon a small reserve of energy to chat for a little while. But then I need need NEED time by myself or I feel like I’m going to snap and start murdering people. Or at least calling them some very nasty names.
As of right now, I feel like I don’t get enough time to myself. I go to bed earlier and earlier and that doesn’t really refill my energy level in terms of being social. I just need some time to myself to cuddle with my kittens, work on a project, or just zone out in front of the TV for a while. And going to bed at 8:30 when I get home around 6 doesn’t really make for a lot of ‘me’ time.
So my challenge is to find a work/life balance. I’ve never had to do that before. Every other job I’ve had before this was while I was also in school, where I could way more easily fit time to myself into my schedule. I need to work on finding that sweet spot between getting paid and being happy and relaxed. I’m hoping the change to my regular schedule in a couple of weeks will help with that, since I won’t have to get up so early and I can have mornings to myself. Until then, I’ll just have to try to maybe stay up a little later to recharge my social batteries.