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5 Bright Ideas for Introverts

Updated: Jan 8, 2022


Invaluable tools to soothe your mind and warm your heart



Many introverts find these 5 tools invaluable. They help temper our introspective voice, embrace our true wonderful selves, and boost our self-confidence.


Check out the links in each section for articles, websites, and other resources to help you get started.


Which are you using regularly? Which will you start today?






1. Journaling

Make Journaling Part of Your Self-Care

Mari McCarthy's 'CreateWriteNow'


Writing down your thoughts, fears, celebrations, and plans can be calming and uplifting. As introverts, we have lots of thoughts swirling around in our heads. Regardless of whether they are happy or worrying thoughts, it's good to deal with them so they don't get overwhelming.


Journaling is custom-built. You can journal daily, weekly, or whenever you start to feel overwhelmed. You can write for a set period of time or pages but I prefer to just write until my mind feels satisfied. You can celebrate a meeting done well, socializing efforts, your initiative to monitor and manage your energy level, get worries of upcoming activities off your mind, or whatever moves you. Journaling acknowledges your thoughts so you can move on.


Try to start your journaling with a positive. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Daily affirmations are so powerful in replacing the common internal critiques with confirmation of your value and efforts. Finally, be sure you keep your journal safe and secure. Confidentiality will release you to journal freely about anything.




2. Calendar

Goals & Planning: Tips and Tricks

Reenergizing at Work


I first employed a calendar in my early days of working to note my meetings - pretty simple. I found later that the calendar can be so much more.


It is like the hub for us introverts. Generally, we like to plan out our days and prep for big events like meetings, projects, and socials. So the calendar is not just to record meetings and appointments, but it is to block out prep time with others and by ourselves. Often, if we don't do that, our calendar gets full with obligations without any time to actually prepare. Being unprepared can definitely throw us off our game.


Ultimately, I realized calendars serve an even higher purpose. Introverts, by definition, need to reenergize throughout the day. Meetings, socials, contentious discussions can be in our wheelhouse, but they zap our energy quickly. Rather than wait until the end of the day, we need to inject recharging time during the day. Take a walk before a meeting, reward yourself with a lunch out alone after a project, take some time to collect yourself with ten minutes of journaling, meditation, reading, or music before a work or family social.


Calendars link closely with planners. Planners help you prepare for those activities you control and thus may help identify and release those activities you don't control. Be sure you provide ample time on your calendar to tackle each item in your planner/daily task list.


Putting these blocks on your calendar helps you recognize you are priority #1. Just 10 minutes can boost your energy so you can continue to perform at peak level during the day. Own your time. Service your needs. Maintain your calendar.




3. Meditation

Secular Buddhism

CALM


I steered away from meditation for years - too woo-wooey for me, I thought. Finally, I tried after several friendly testimonials, but I struggled. My impression was I was to lose all thoughts, tasks, and worries, and lift myself to a higher plane. I had no idea how to do that. When I found a comfortable, quiet place and closed my eyes with soothing music in the background or a meditation app guiding me, I couldn't help but focus on whatever remained on my mind. I thought I was doing it wrong and quit shortly thereafter.


This year I took a secular Buddhist online class and surmised that meditation is whatever you want or need it to be at the time. It is your special time, a gift to yourself. So if you need to work through some issues, what better way than in a quiet, comfortable place, with eyes closed and no interruptions?


If you want to just focus on breathing or share some positive affirmations with yourself - fantastic. So now I meditate my way two or three times a week, usually in the morning to start my day off calm, relaxed, and refreshed. And if perhaps I have sorted through my biggest worry or have patted myself on the back in the process, even better. I'm not sure that's what others intended or find in meditation - but