Ah, introverts. We just love to marinate ideas in our heads, almost to a fault. But, truth be told, our absolute best ones -- those flashes of keen insight, those moments of stupendous clarity -- occur at certain opportune times.
Whether it's a winning advertising concept to pitch to a client or the perfect gift for your husband's birthday, these "Eureka" or "aha" realizations don't come to pass at just anytime, anyplace.
In order for us to generate great ideas, one condition must usually be met.
Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: It's what introverts need in order to recharge our batteries.
If you said solitude, alone time, peace and quiet, or something else along those lines, you hit the nail on the head!
Solitude affords us the opportunity to reset our minds, which results in a fresh batch of thoughts and ideas.
But it becomes virtually impossible to do this when interrupted by your barking dog, car honking coming from the street, your neighbor dropping by to discuss sports, or other disruptions.
Granted, some introverts have the uncanny ability to tune out their surroundings via loud music blasting on their headphones.
But sometimes nothing gets our creative juices flowing quite like silence.
Introverts are adept at staking out the ideal spots for brainstorming, whether it be at the library, in the coffee shop, while showering, or during a daily walk around the neighborhood.
I find many of my best ideas bubble up to the surface right when I wake up, which is why it is then I write and edit the lion's share of my posts.
There are always exceptions, though. For example, I brainstormed and jotted down notes for this post right after midnight. When inspiration strikes, one must seize it.
Sometimes I'll even write blog entries and refine them over the course of several days, only because I keep coming back to said posts with new ideas.
Introverts will of course vary in their preferences and working styles, but it doesn't change the fact that the more alone time granted to us, the more likely it is we'll come back with ideas that may leave you spellbound.
When I think of the word "solitude," another similar-sounding word comes to mind: solutions.
And with our penchant for rigorous thinking, introverts are undoubtedly pros in arriving at them.
So if you see us deep in thought at the library or park, watch out! We just may have dreamt up the next great novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list!