Wednesday, March 6, 2013

on being a hermit

Putting myself out there takes a lot of energy out of me. I enjoy attending conferences. When I attend a conference, I am inspired, excited, and love to learn new things. Attending presentations prompts me to reflect on my current work and brainstorm ideas on how to be better at what I do.

In the beginning of a conference, I am energetic and ready to go. By the end of each day, I lose steam. Gathering with colleagues and old friends over meals always prove to be a great time. After dinner however I am ready to hibernate in my room. I enjoy taking a bath with a glass of wine and going to bed early. Sometimes I really like to read a book or watch television.

Some would say that there is nothing wrong with this behavior; that it is quite normal in fact. But I wonder if I am selling myself short. Am I missing out on potential networking opportunities? Am I being anti-social?

I like to think that I am taking care of me and regrouping so that I can feel refreshed again in the morning and ready to learn.

What is your conference routine? Do you stay out all night socializing? Or do you hibernate too?

4 thoughts:

Christina's Adventures said...

ha! No, you're not alone, I'm totally a "hermit"! I always have fun being out & about, but I always look forward to being at home, watching mindless TV & snuggling with my dog & hubby :) I also attribute it to getting old...;)

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Yes! Sounds soo much like me:) Glad I am not the only one:) Thanks for the comment!

Katie Peters said...

Definitely don't take this as a bad thing! Actually psychologically speaking, it's just a matter of how you expend energy vs. how you recharge energy. Recognizing that introversion and extroversion has nothing to do with being "anti-social" or shy, you just understand how your own consciousness processes situations and how you recharge your batteries.

Excerpt: "People who prefer extraversion draw energy from action: they tend to act, then reflect, then act further. If they are inactive, their motivation tends to decline. To rebuild their energy, extraverts need breaks from time spent in reflection. Conversely, those who prefer introversion expend energy through action: they prefer to reflect, then act, then reflect again. To rebuild their energy, introverts need quiet time alone, away from activity."

I'm very much like this! I am outgoing, I am motivated, I make friends and connections, but psychologically speaking I definitely am more introverted in that I need to recharge my batteries with some quiet alone time. Nothing wrong with that!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Kathryn!! :)

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