When I used to work at a hospital and interact with people all day long, this was HUGE. I needed to decompress from people to regain my balance. Now, as a writer, with my children grown and my husband at work all day, I don’t find this need as intense as I used to.
Do you need some alone time after a long day?
Article by Benjamin Hardy on Medium.com
3. Recover From People
“Time alone is really essential, to get away and contemplate, think, and wonder.” — Jim Rohn
Just as you need recovery from work and technology, you also need some healthy recovery from people. Even if it’s just 20–60 minutes per day, you need some time to think, reflect, ponder, and plan.
In her book, The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Amy Wilkinson details her interviews with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. She found that many of them purposefully schedule time to be by themselves.
For example, billionaire Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, drives a fake 40-minute commute to work despite living 5 minutes from work. She does this to give herself time to “think.” Other people literally schedule 60-minute “power-hours” in the middle of their day to think creatively and strategically.
This isn’t about being introvert or extrovert. We all need time with people and time alone. If you’re not getting at least 20–30 minutes of non-distracted alone time to think big picture or even specific, you’re not living optimally.