Time Management Tips for Introverts: Self-Care

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My favorite type of blog posts are ones that list a bunch of tips. There are tons of lists for time management & self-care, but I haven’t found one that caters to introverts. I roll my eyes whenever I see a tip that says, “If you’re feeling lonely, go to a social event.”

To me, time management for introverts means making time work for you. Being aware of when your energy levels are at their peak (and at their lowest) is key for time management.

I’ve created a list of 18 time management tips that take into account an introvert’s needs, such as solitude & time to recharge. This list solely focuses on how you spend your time, so you can plan with intention & incorporate self-care into your daily routine.

1. Save “mindless” activities, like chores, for after social interaction (work, social events, networking, etc.) — your brain might be fried, but at least you can get some laundry done!

2. Instead of running errands throughout the week, use one day to run all the errands that require you to leave home & see how you feel: Do you end up taking days to recharge or does it save you energy the rest of the week?

3. Maintain 30 min/day of at-home exercise for 3-5 days/week (see my at-home yoga practice here)

4. Set aside time in the morning to make important phone calls all at once — you can get it over with & you only have to mentally prepare yourself once

Related: Time Management Tips for Introverts: Career

5. Never try to cook a complex meal after going out — depending on your social battery, even grocery shopping can tire you out & lead to confusion, frustration, and an unsatisfactory meal

6. Try to run as many errands from home as possible, such as online groceries — even extroverts do this, and it saves a lot of time & effort!

7. Take a 30 min. nap & wake up 2 hours before a social event or date (or at least be in solitude as much as possible) — you’ll be more energized & have some time to mentally prepare for socializing

8. Set social boundaries. For example, if I have plans to stay in for the night, I give myself permission to turn down spontaneous hangouts. I also allow myself to have time limits for how long I stay at social events

Related: How to Build Lasting Friendships As An Introvert

9. Don’t be afraid to schedule a hangout in your home instead of going out (since going out = getting out of your comfort zone, then your friend should go out of their comfort zone for you, too)

10. Don’t take guilt-trips to heart; instead, see it as their way of saying they enjoy being with you

11. If you want to skip out on your friend’s party but feel guilty, try scheduling a one-on-one hangout with him/her — you can still show that you care but in your own way

12. Carve out alone time as a non-negotiable part of your schedule (you can schedule this weekly or even a month ahead) — Michelle Obama does it, so why not you?

13. Wake up early before work & give yourself at least 20 min. of solitude — you’ll be energized for the day

14. If you work in a highly social or toxic environment, carve out at least 10 min. of meditation when you arrive home from work — it’ll help you reset & make the most out of your night

Related: 5 Steps to Maintaining A Daily Self-Care Routine

15. If you don’t go outside for 2 or more days at a time, spend at least 30 min. every morning next to a well-lit window or try investing in a lamp (this is the one I use). This may seem silly, but it could help prevent SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) if you don’t see much sun throughout the day

16. If you start to feel lonely even though you love solitude, go out to a coffee shop or library (preferably one where you don’t know anyone)

17. If you need a change of environment after long periods of studying or working but don’t want to leave home, light a candle, incense, or get an essential oil diffuser — smell is the strongest sense & can be enough for you to feel a change in your environment

18. If your FOMO (fear of missing out) is stronger than your need for solitude, which tends to happen during summer for some introverts, schedule one extra hangout/week than normal to prevent it

I hope you found this helpful! Comment below with your favorite tip or any tips you have for me. If you enjoyed this, look out for my next blog post on time management tips for introverts, focusing on self-growth!

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8 Comments

  1. July 18, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Love love love these tips, Alexis! Especially waking up early to make a little more time for myself – so important and so grounding. Lolol I always laugh when articles tell me to go to a social event when I feel lonely. Like, no thanks, that sounds like a nightmare rn.

    • Alexis
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:56 am

      Awe I’m so glad you enjoyed this! <3 and forreal LOL that's the last thing on my mind 0__0

  2. October 26, 2018 / 10:47 am

    These tips are so useful and a lot of them I have never considered before!!! Also, so true about #17! I love lighting my incense on occasion as it really changes the atmosphere of my apartment and perks me up. I’ve been using ~refresh~ by this brand Anthro sells and I’m in love.

    xx
    annabelle | http://www.mixed-hues.com

    • Alexis
      Author
      October 26, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      I’ve been looking for incense! Thanks so much for the rec 🙂 And I’m so glad you found these tips helpful!!

  3. Mufeed
    January 1, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    Helpful tips…expect more from you!!

  4. January 2, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    Number 2 I’m going to try next week! I dont know why I never thought of doing all at once! I’m going to make my husband take the kids ALL DAY one weekend day and I’m going to get the shopping stuff over with! Lol

    Also number 4 is huge for me. I literally have to work myself up to make important phone calls. Which usually leads to procrastination to the 10th degree. Ugh. Definitely going to try to do them all at once like you suggested. Thanks!

    • Alexis
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Hope it helps you save more energy this new year!! And I’m the same way with procrastinating phone calls!! Definitely getting it over with has helped me with keeping up with doctor’s appointments and whatnot. So glad this post is helpful for you!!

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