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Mária Pomšahárová

I work in an open-plan office, and I often space out. Many times I find myself staring into the window, thinking about whatever is going on in my life. I love taking lunch at an unusually early time just to come back to see the open space empty. Once everybody’s gone for lunch and my stomach is full, I take a “space out” break—a break to be with myself and regain energy. It’s funny that I don’t use that empty open space time to concentrate on work and to function at peak efficiency. My performance is at its peak when the open space is full. I guess it’s because I know that I am being watched, at least to some extent. I like to be alone, but at the same time I need people to be around me. That makes me wonder: are people making me a better performer?

Actually, I think that introverts are much more suitable for certain types of jobs, like mine. I am quiet and focused, which allows me to be more attentive to details. Let’s embrace the positives of being introverts and free ourselves from thinking that the grass is greener on the extroverted side.