No man is an island, and no one is bound to work alone all the time. However, we can't deny the fact that working alone has many benefits as well especially on developing our mindset and skills.
We can't always rely on other people to improve and make progress in our life, so trying our best to work on something with just ourselves, without someone's help, can be of a great help as well.
Honestly, this topic popped up on my mind earlier while reflecting on my past activities especially in terms of my academic journey. Since we are still into distance learning modality, most of our learning tasks are invidually given, though we also have some group activities that we accomplished collaboratively.
With my experiences of working alone on several outputs (which I successfully submitted) I realized that despite cramming on some of them, I still finished everything successfully with just by myself. I don't know if it's a good things or what, but I prefer working alone rather than engaging myself in a group activity with lazy groupmates.
Going back to the main topic, working alone may not be the best option to do all the time, but if you're that kind of person who is not fond of working with other people, you might be realizing these benefits I'll list down here. Here are:
Have you ever experienced working with other people but it seems like you are too pressured on doing good all the time because you are afraid about what your groupmates would say about your performance?
Me, I experienced it all the time especially when I'm surrounded with intellectual people. I am afraid to commit mistakes because I don't want anyone to judge my ability to work on something. I feel uncomfortable to suggest something because what if my ideas are not that good and my groupmates would laugh at me?
On that note, when working alone, we are free to do whatever we want to. We can freely think and execute ideas we think would best fit the said task.
Being alone means we can work conveniently anytime and anywhere we want to. We won't be having problems about what could be our groupmates' free time because we only have ourselves to work on something. We will be free from any arguments about when will we start doing the task and where could be the place.
As for me, I can start whenever I want to and that usually happens at night since my mind works best on that time. But if it will be a group activity, I don't think I can work at night since based on my experience, my groupmates will keep on bugging me at daytime even if I am busy with other things. And as expected, since I am a shy person, I'll let them choose on when and where we will do the task.
On that note, it's better to work alone because we are free to choose what time and place are we going to work on something.
I consider this one as one of the perks of working alone because no matter what the result will be, no one will blame us for doing so because we're the only one who did it. Unlike when we worked as a group, if there's a problem with the result, someone might blame us for that.
Aside from that, we can also improve our ability/skills for having a full responsibility on something. We can be more motivated to work because we are not relying on anyone. That moment when we have to work already because no one will do it for us, but ourselves.
This article was written in a point of view of a student like me, but it could also be applicable to those working in a particular field of job. It's not my intention to speak against one of the 21st century skills which is "collaboration". What I am trying to drive at is that, sometimes working alone works best than having other people around. It's more comfortable especially to those who used to work alone, or those who have an introverted side that are uncomfortable with the presence of other people around them.
However, it's not always applicable all the time. Of course, there are things we can't do alone because in the first place, we are not perfect and there are things we don't know that others might know.
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Date Published: May 29, 2022
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