What to do when you don’t feel like being social at work

What to do when you don’t feel like being social at work

What to do when you don’t feel like being social at work

You’ve had a rough weekend, you slept past your Monday morning alarm and to top it off you got a flat tire on the way to the office. A typical case of the Mondays? Sure. But one thing’s for sure, you don’t want to be bothered today. So how do you get a pass for a day of being antisocial? Here are a few ideas for those days when you just don’t feel like it.

Communicate
All to often we expect people to act as mind readers when they are in our midst. While body language is important and a great skill that many people learn to pick up ques from, don’t assume that everyone’s skilled at decoding your body language. If you are feeling a little introverted, it might be easier to communicate that to your colleagues and not ‘play the role’.
Put on some tunes
If your office allows, turn on your favorite tunes and pop in your earphones. Putting on ear phones is a good indicator to the outside world that you’d rather listen to the newest Beyoncé jam, rather than chat it up over small talk. If headphones are a no-go for you, turn on your tunes but keep them low enough for you to hear. Music might be just the buffer you need between you and office chatter.
Change up your work-space
Sitting at your usual work-space is the best way for people to stop by and talk all about their weekend adventures. If you’re not in the mood to hear about how your co-worker caught the 12lb snapper, change your work-space. Try taking your work mobile to another office, the coffee shop, or even to the empty board room. Be sure to tell your key people where you are relocating for the day.
At some point everyone has a day that they would just like to be off the radar. Try a few of these tips to help you on those not so social days.
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