GTD Cafe: How Much Time Should You Spend Alone Each Day?
In the Myers Briggs Type Inventory, I register as a strong "I" or introvert, indicating that I get tremendous energy from time spent alone. As a school administrator, there are many times during the day when I can "turn it on" and appear to be the center of the crowd but when it's all over, I get a quick recharge from going back to my office and doing some simple tasks.
In the Getting Things Done mindset, we often talk about creating a simple process for accomplishing the most important tasks in the course of a day. What about when that most important task is just time by yourself?
- Take the MBTI personality profile test. There are many versions online and the outcome will surprise you- pretty accurate! What I've also discovered is that my brothers and father also share a similar personality profile.
- Create self routines for the morning. How do you want to start your day? Write it down and then put it into practice.
- Create breaks during the day. I am fortunate to work in a nice neighborhood in which I can take a brisk 10 minute walk during the day- it's an easy recharge.
- Create self routines for the evening. Rather than watching the latest Die Hard movie prior to sleeping, why not write in a journal, pray or do a mental inventory of the day?
- Learn to say "no". If you're a people-pleaser then this tip won't come easy but it's true: when you set parameters for your commitments, life gets simpler and you have more time for you.
- Drift away, responsibly. If the day is cruising along and you're feeling like you need to get away, learn to drift. Drifting can look like taking a nap or going into your office and shutting the door. As long as your drifting is responsible, go for it.
- Use food & drink, in moderation. An afternoon cup of tea is like a mountain rush for some people while others find that a crisp apple does the trick during a down time in the day. Find your healthy pick-me-up and go there.