Introvert or extrovert? Here’s how to increase your productivity

Why does our personality type affect the way we work?

As soon as you walk into a room, you can easily see that each person has their own unique working style. Some people are naturally drawn to others and always seem to work in a team. Others are much more productive if they work from home or in a quiet space. At lunchtime, some people like to read while others meet old colleagues at a new restaurant.

The way you like to work, socialize and keep fresh says a lot about your personality type. And we’re not just talking about the out-of-the-box personality surveys you can do on BuzzFeed. By personality type, we refer to you being on the extroverted introversion scale.

Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?

To work well with other people, you need to understand their personalities and they need to understand yours.

Adam Grant

Introverts are shy and extroverts are extroverts. Pretty simple, right?

Not exactly. Introduced in the 1920s by psychologist Carl Jung, these personality types become energetic. For example, introverts are stimulated by marking “me time”, while extroverts will seek the party.

Here is a brief overview of each personality type and their different levels:


Introverts recharge their batteries by spending time alone. And, according to an article written by Wellesley psychologist Jonathan Cheek and his graduate students, there are actually four levels of introversion: social, reflective, anxious, and restrained.

They like to be alone or socialize with small groups rather than large groups, however, they are not shy or nervous around others. They are introverted, reflective, and self-reflective. And this anxiety doesn’t always go away when they’re alone.

They tend to think about what could or could have gone wrong. Introverts practice thinking before they act. They move at a slightly slower pace, ensuring that every action is focused and well thought out.


Extroverts feel energized when around a lot of people. They don’t mind being the center of attention, however, spending too much time alone can be mentally draining. And, like introversion, there are varying degrees of extroversion. According to a study published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, there are two types: agent extrovert and associative extrovert.

Agentic Extroverts, especially people who like to walk. They are determined, persistent, and motivated by success. They feel comfortable in the limelight and take leadership positions when given the opportunity.

Active extroverts are social butterflies. They are friendly, warm and can easily break the ice with newcomers. Close relationships mean a lot to them and they tend to have a large group of friends.


Ambiverts are right in the middle and they actually make up the majority of the population. According to Barry Smith, professor emeritus and director of the Laboratories of Human Psychophysiology at the University of Maryland, “Ambiverts make up 68% of the population.”

Ambiverts are socially comfortable and interactive, yet value alone time. But, they don’t function well in either direction for too long. Balance is key for ambiverts and their preference for introversion or extroversion can change depending on the situation.

Tips to maximize productivity

There’s no right or wrong personality type, but understanding whether you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or an extrovert can help you better understand what you need to do your best work.


Control Your Ambience: The open floor plan was created to foster collaboration, but for easy communication, you can listen to your neighbors’ dubstep music and dozens of daily conversations. An open floor plan isn’t for everyone, so don’t feel stuck at a desk. If you need some quiet time, find an office area or a quiet coffee shop. Or ask your office manager to designate special quiet rooms for people to focus on.

Depending on your role, you may never escape large meetings or teamwork, but you can always make time for more intimate and meaningful conversations in a personal setting. Follow up with key stakeholders in live chat or meet in person with your teammates to help improve your comfort level. take their time to really think about a problem. But your team will never know if you don’t speak up. Make sure to communicate your preferred working style to your manager and raise your hand for corresponding projects with deeper thinking.

Prepare for meetings: There are always two or three people dominating meetings. If you expect a natural openness in conversation to contribute, you may end up waiting forever. To motivate yourself to attend meetings, review your agenda ahead of time and jot down a few things you want to talk about. And be sure to bring them in early, as meetings can easily go off-topic as they progress.


Find an activity: a quiet office can be jarring. You need the white noise of music, chatter, and movement to get creative flow. If you don’t feel like your desk, go to a coffee shop. That’s right, just like your partner (introvert), coffee shops can fit any personality type. After all, who can say no to coffee and cake at work? Another option: take a break, get out and walk around the block. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to feel refreshed. Use this to your advantage by offering to support larger projects with lots of moving parts.

But remember: it’s easy for extroverts to go too far. Although being busy pushes you to do your best, set limits so you don’t burn out.

Plan a social hour: You’re energized by social interactions, but meetings Meetings are not always considered “social hours”. Take the time to intentionally connect with others. For example, have lunch or coffee with someone new every week. This is especially important for extroverts, who work in a dispersed team and have no natural outlet for socializing. If you work remotely, enjoy the flexibility and work in a coworking space, take a daily group fitness class, or attend networking events in your area. , but it often means that you jump from task to task without thinking about what you just accomplished. So after an important milestone, spend 20 or 30 minutes on your calendar thinking about what worked, what didn’t, and analyze the results.


Take advantage of your flexibility: Those around you can often eat away at the energy of those around you. Because you are a bit introverted and extroverted, you can easily adapt to social and noisy environments and enjoy a calm, reflective mood. While maximizing your own productivity, consider the styles of the people you interact with and stay flexible so you can meet your own needs without compromising them.

Experiment and find what works for you: depending on where you are on the introversion and extroversion spectrum, you may find that some of the tips above appeal to you more. Or, your mood may change from day today. Choose from tips for introverts and extroverts to find what’s right for you. Or, you can try them all and see what works.

A tip for everyone: don’t get too comfortable

These tips are designed to maximize productivity based on your personality type, but they shouldn’t force you into introversion or extroversion. Remember to step out of your comfort zone and try things that seem intimidating or uncomfortable to you. For example, introverts may find that a little communication in the office helps a lot. And extroverts can find value in sharing their attention and learning to delegate.

You still need flexibility to collaborate

Very few of us are purely introverts or introverts. Usually, we fall somewhere in the middle, completely with our own quirks and habits.

While we tend to associate with one side more than the other, it shouldn’t be. Introverts may not always have calm, deep thoughts. Extroverts may have to work on individual projects. Both parties have to compromise, and that’s okay.

It just means that when you leave the office, you can go back to a good book you’ve read or meet your friends to have a good time. You’ll recharge on your own terms and return to the office the next day, ready to adapt to each person’s unique personality types.

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Originally Written by Emily Esposito on June 11, 2018
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