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A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
If you are looking for some career coaching or just want to reach out
contact me at janice@thecareerintrovert.com

The Traveling Introvert The Career Introvert

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A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
If you are looking for some career coaching or just want to reach out
contact me at janice@thecareerintrovert.com

    Put Your Values Into Action

    Put Your Values Into Action

    Hello and welcome to the traveling introvert. Today I want to talk about living by your core values. So, here’s the thing, hopefully, if I ask you, what are your core values? You have an idea of what those might be. Your personal core values are thing that you believe are most important in life. These principles guide and dictate how you live your life and how you make decisions. Developing your personal core values is a really important exercise that can help you clarify what is most important to you. Knowing your personal core values ensures that you commit better decisions, set boundaries and help you live a far more, sort of, authentic feeling in life. And so, if you don’t know what your core values are right now, that’s OKAY. There are ways to kind of, and I’m going to talk about ways to develop and to sort of help you live by your personal core values. And these might change over time. Don’t think that because you’ve OKAY, I’ve, I’ve got core values check, and I should live by them. They may change just because of the world around your things that happen. But first thing to do is clarify what’s most important to you.
    Developing your core values as an important first step. But how exactly do you accomplish this? Core values guide how you live your life and make decisions. There are many ways to develop your core values. One way is to think about what you believe in and what’s most important to you. What about, what do you stand for? What do you value most in life? Another way to think about developing your core values is to look at your past behavior. What principles have you consistently upheld in your life? Once you developed your personal core values, it’s really important to let them be, sort of north star, guide you. It’s important to live by them. And this means making decisions based on your values and setting. And setting boundaries based on your values and living in alignment with your values. This will help you make better decisions, right?
    One of the benefits of developing and living your personal core values is that it will help you make better decisions. When you know what your core values are, you can make decisions based on those values. They can help you avoid making decisions that are not in line or in tune with what’s most important to you and guide you down a different path. Decision making therefore becomes much easier when you know what you stand for. When you clearly understand your core values, you can use these to guide all your decision making and any decision-making process that you create. It can help making tough choices with confidence and clarity. Not only that, it helps you set boundaries. I’ve always talked about, as an introvert, how important boundaries are. And setting boundaries help you protect yourself from people and situations. It can help you identify relationships that are not healthy for you. If a relationship is not in line with your core values, it might be time to set some boundaries, or even end the relationship. And part of this is when you’re clear about what’s important to you, you then start to breathe life into those values that are quarter you and help you avoid your living a life that feels little off a little inauthentic or out of alignment with your values. And then for living within this alignment, you’ll find more meaning of purpose in your life. When you live a life that is true to your values, you’re more like to feel fulfilled and satisfied.
    Now, on the other side, living by your core values, can sometimes mean making sacrifices. For example, there may be a time where you must give something up because you want to uphold your values. This can be difficult sometimes, but it often necessary to help you live a life that is true to your values. And don’t get me wrong, not all sacrifices are equal. Some may be small, such as giving up a material possession, how the sacrifices such as giving up a relationship or a job might

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    Why Burnout is More Common Now Than Ever Before

    Why Burnout is More Common Now Than Ever Before

    Hello and welcome to the traveling introvert. Today, I’ve talked about Burnout in the past, but today I want to talk about why it is so common, the commonality of burnout, why almost every person that you talk to in a room will have experienced burnout in some way, shape or form, during their lifetime. And right now, more people the most probably experiencing burnout within the past two to three years.
    According to dictionary.com, burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. And is categorized by feelings of doubt and disinterest. But most importantly, a decreased sense of accomplishment on achieving your goals. Burnout occurs when you feel like you are unable to meet the demands of your life, and you’re not getting the support that you needed to cope and carry on. And this is a problem that generally is caused by chronic stress.
    When you are under chronic stress, your body is in a constant fight or flight state. This can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, gastrointestional problems, intestinal problems. Sorry. Burnout may also lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and/or depression.
    Burnout has been coming increasingly common due to the demands of the life we live in right now. You’re expected to do more and be available far more than ever before. Technology, which is great, has made this possible for you to be connected 24/7. However, due to this, you are far more likely to take on too much, too much responsibility. And, don’t get me wrong, there’s never just one factor that contributes to burnout. But I’m going to talk about some of the most common ones.
    Unreasonable workloads. When you are given or have accepted, more work than you can reasonably handle, it can lead to feelings of overwhelm and then anxiety. And this sustained, so it becomes chronic, then will eventually lead to burnout. One of the other things could be a lack of control. It’s not uncommon to feel powerless in a job or life when things aren’t working out quite as planned. However, a lack of control can also lead to feelings of powerlessness and almost despair. And so, this can contribute to burnout. How long will these unrealistic expectations? What expectations are placed on you that are unreasonable, and therefore you cannot meet them? Also, there’s a flip side of that. These unrealistic expectations can lead to feelings of failure and inadequacy when things don’t work out as you thought they would, no matter if they were realistic or not.
    Another thing that can lead to burnout is poor work life balance. If you’re working too much and not taking enough time for yourself, it can lead to burnout. You need to try and set up your life in a way to provide time for you to relax and recharge and not be overworked, so you can avoid and/or recover from burnout. One area that is definitely overlooked when it comes to burnout is having a lack of social support. If you don’t have a support of network of peers, or accountability buddies, or a coach, or a mental and generally all of these things, it can be really tough to manage the stresses of life or your work. And this, along with some the way it works out, can lead you to feel isolated and lonely, which can also help trigger other negative emotions. And then you go in this downward spiral. So having that lack of emotional and social support can also lead to burnout.
    Then, here’s one that is very, very common in the workplace, is a lack of appreciation. It is so disheartening when you don’t feel appreciated for your efforts. And it’s possible if you are doing something and you don’t believe what you’re doing is valued, it will lead to a loss of enthusiasm and the belief that your labor is meaningless. And we all know that people leave bad managers, not bad jobs, but if you have a good manager and your job, makes you feel undervalue, you will still leave, or just be led to burnout, because you’re just tired.
    Then...

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    What pushing yourself could cost you

    What pushing yourself could cost you

    Hello and welcome to the travelling introvert. Today I want
    to talk about work, working hard. We have a habit of wanting to be always seen
    as working hard. And there's a difference between being a hard worker and
    always working hard.


    Working hard is often lauded as like the key to success. You
    must work hard, pull yourself up by your bootstrap, struggle through, keep
    going. And the thing is, there is levels and working too hard can actually be very
    bad for you. And there are a lot of different ways how overworking, more than
    working too hard, is bad for you and can negatively affect your life. If you
    want to be happy and balanced and successful, overworking isn't the way to go.


    You can do it in short sprints, but for long periods of time
    it's not the best thing to do because it can lead to burnout. When a person is
    burnt out, they might feel like they can't keep going, or they're not cut out
    for the demands of their job. However, burnout therefore can lead to
    absenteeism, lower productivity and increased risk of error. If you are
    experiencing burnout, take a step back and assess your work situation. You know
    what?


    Even if you're not experiencing burnout, take a step back
    and assess if your work situation is attainable. Are you taking on too much? Do
    you need more help? Are there changes that you can make to your work schedule,
    or your routine, or the way you do things to help you feel less overwhelmed, so
    you can recover from burnout? If you are overworked, you are more likely to get
    sick.


    Your immune system will eventually fail if you are
    constantly working hard and putting in long hours with very little breaks or rest
    or recharge time for both your body and your mind. When you don't have that
    time to relax and to recharge, your body is more susceptible to illness. And so,
    if you're constantly feeling run down, it might be time to assess your work
    schedule. And along the lines of overworking and getting sick, you're also more
    likely to get injured. If you are overworking your body when you are tired,
    your reflexes are slower. And because of this, there are more accidents just
    waiting to happen.


    So, if you become aware that you are getting sick or hurt
    more often than usual, maybe take a look and maybe it's time to cut back on
    your working hours if you can. Now, along with the fact that you are more
    likely to get injured and sick and feel burnout, because of all of these things
    compounded, you are much more likely to make mistakes. When you are exhausted
    and overworked, focusing and paying attention to detail is harder. And many
    people sort of drink a lot of coffee to try and combat that. And that might
    work in small doses, but over a long period of time it's just going to keep
    building up. You're going to find it harder and harder to pay attention. And as
    a result, you are more likely to make mistakes, not just at work, but during
    your life in general.


    You might be slower to make that turn when you're driving.
    You might be slower to see someone. And that's how accidents happen. And we
    already talked about getting sick and getting injured and so accidents, and
    accidents is when you make a mistake. If you're making a lot more errors, you
    are therefore costing your company money.


    And so maybe it's time to rethink how much you are working.
    And because of all of these things and so many other things that kind of
    combine when you are overworked for long periods of time, if you are working
    all the time, when do you have time to actually enjoy your life? When...

    • 5 min
    Career Conversations with David Hall

    Career Conversations with David Hall

    What Is Introversion?

    This is the tendency of turning
    inward more. Introverts spend most of their time analyzing what happening o
    them and around them. They are more in touch with their feeling and the
    feelings of others. They take time to energize and recharge in their lives.
    They also need people in their lives unlike what most people think. It is only
    that it is different for them. They just need a balance.
    Journey into learning oneself

    Most introverts at an early age,
    think something is wrong with them. They tend to be extroverts only because it
    does not work for them.  There is this
    one point that people forget, Introverts Think then speak while extroverts
    speak to think. Understanding this will make you understand more about these
    two people. Introverts will tend not to note their surrounding as most of the
    time they are in their heads.
    Their behaviors come to them
    naturally. Most books that are out there, there were written for extroverts
    rather than introverts. It's not true to think that introverts generally want
    to be alone.  They just do not like
    excessive exposure to many people. They like a controlled environment.
    Time Management

    Introverts need to have order in
    their lives. The best thing that they do is have a calendar and plan about what
    they will be doing. This is unlike most extroverts who just wing it. The
    calendar happens to bring order into most introverts' worlds in the corporate
    world.
    Misconception about podcasting

    Most people tend to think that
    podcasts are just for introverts. This is far from the truth. Podcasting is for
    almost everybody.

    Scary Things for an introverts

    Putting yourself out there is the
    hardest thing for most introverts. Introverts need to be understood more in
    society. A study has shown that the number of introverts is 50% of any
    population but for some reason, the actual number is shown to be lower. This
    recent study just shows that introverts need to be heard more.
     

    Find David on

    quietandstrong.com

    • 19 min
    Career Conversations with Angie Bates

    Career Conversations with Angie Bates

    This is a bonus episode for national introvert day
    Introversion

    These are the kind of people who are more comfortable alone
    or in a room of people who are hardly interacting with each other. As for
    Angela, she might be an Ambivert which is a person who has a balance of both
    introvert and extrovert. This highly depends on the circumstance or setting.
    Job Recruitment

    HR professionals have more to them than what we see. They
    have to make decisions for the company and keep the company alive from the
    sidelines. There is a misconception that HR is just for recruiting and protecting
    the company.
    In a company, the HR manager should be able to make
    decisions based on the information got from both the company's side and the
    worker's side. This is very important since in some cases there are wrongful
    terminations.
    Habits

    Regular habits are very important in a person's life. Some
    habits are hard to break but others are not even worth breaking. These habits
    are the ones that help us in life, may it be meditation, reading, and more.
    These habits will one way or another define who we are in life.
    Angie can be found on LinkedIn at
    linkedin.com/in/-angelabates.

    • 22 min
    Beyond Stress; Burnout Is More Complicated

    Beyond Stress; Burnout Is More Complicated

    Speaker 1 (00:01)
    Hello and welcome to the traveling introvert. Today I want to talk about burnout. I know I talk about this a lot, but for this particular episode, I want to talk about the fact that burnout is not just about being stressed out. I was having a conversation with a client recently and they we're talking about the end of the year and list of stuff to do and just general stuff to do and having projects in mind and what are you going to do next year? And the usual stuff that happens around this time of year, which happens to be the end of the year, in case you're listening at some other time.
    Speaker 1 (00:43)
    And I mentioned that, hey, maybe you don't want to do anything for the next month because you're showing signs of burnout. And the response was like, yeah, but this is the least stressed job I've ever had. How could I possibly be displaying signs of burnout? And so there was a couple of things that were interesting. One, that because they said they were very used to being in very toxic work cultures where they were stretched pretty thin.
    Speaker 1 (01:14)
    Chain of all trades was the phrase used, and how they were everything to everybody and therefore they were used to being in a very stressful environment and that was a past job and now they're in a new job and it's been the least stressed they've been this job is less stressful. And so I made a statement, actually, which was stress doesn't equal burnout. I understand that you are no longer in a toxic as toxic or a different type of toxic work environment, but you are still currently in a toxic work environment. It's just a different type of toxic. You know that frog that's in boiling water and it's fine, it's fine, it's fine.

    Speaker 1 (01:55)
    It really isn't because it's killing the frog. The frog gets out, but it's just jumped into a pan that the water isn't boiling yet, it's still warm, it's still bad for the frog, but the frog thinks it's fine because it's not as bad as the other pot. So a lot of people get confused and think that when you're talking about burnout, it's just about how stressed and overwhelmed you are. And that's not always the case. Yes, definitely, burnout can come from stress, but burnout can come from so many other areas.

    Speaker 1 (a href="https://www.happyscribe.com/transcriptions/a6391662dc2243b19c47098e64977bb5/edit_v2?organization_id=858309&position=146.1&utm_source=happyscribe&utm_medium=document_deep_link&utm_campaign=editor_copy_section&utm_content=a6391662dc2243b19c47098e64977bb5" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

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Janice Chaka breaks it down that being an introvert can be a strength for any brazen careerist or aspiring entrepreneur. There are no apologies about not being an extrovert here!

plus, she has a pleasant English voice so it makes for good info and good listening.

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