I Prefer Working Alone

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 713 People


    While I excel in most areas of school, group work is something I could never get behind. Nothing ever gets done and normally I say 'screw it' and do it all myself. I want things to be done well, and I can't trust most of my peers. My teachers always admonished me...
    Jebb Jebb
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2009

    I'm Better Off Alone

    I've never had my own group of friends. I doesn't bother me most of the time. The problem is when teachers/professors require us to group ourselves and allows us to choose our own groupmates. I usually end up struggling to find a group and more often, I get stuck with a group...
    maskedemotions maskedemotions
    Oct 19, 2013

    On me own! I hate being watched,

    dislike and find it hard to tell people what to do, rubbish at negotiating and it's difficult enough for me to make decisions let alone making decisions for anyone else! I hate talking about work... I'm one of those that get on with it and don't say anything! I find that I...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee
    22-25, F
    Jun 27, 2014

    Groups Can Be Annoying

    I find it challenging to do group work or group discussions. This is usually because I can be really stubborn when my input is ignored. One problem is splitting up work and getting it done. Some people just don't do it and that's just...not nice because it brings the whole...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 4, 2010

    An Opportunity To Earn Extra Cash Alongside Other Things You Are Doing

    We live in hard times doesn't take a genius to figure that out, what is harder is to find a way to do something about our personal situation. Through no fault of my own - a business failure I found myself and my family over $100K in debt and that was leading to endless rows...
    symonb symonb
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 6, 2012

    Taken Advantage Of

    Everytime a teacher assigns groupwork I am always the one who gets stuck doing all the work. It's not fair. If i refuse to do any of the work my friends get mad at me. But Im so worried about my grade that I kept doing the work. But I started to get smart about it. I knew that...
    angeliceyes11 angeliceyes11
    18-21, F
    Jun 26, 2011

    Never Been A Group Person (ironically)

    I have my own personal way of doing things and it annoys the hell out of me when teachers put me into a group of people and expect me to work Dx I mean if I group up with friends I do what most any teen would do I talk way to much and don't get enough done :/ but on the other...
    DemonFeyLove DemonFeyLove
    22-25, F
    Dec 30, 2009

    Evolving Awareness

    I've been working for over 25 years and all of the jobs I've held required interpersonal interactions of varying degrees.  The most enjoyable moments were when I was "head-down" on a task and could focus to the exclusion of all else.  Early on, as a bank...
    asocial1 asocial1
    41-45, M
    Nov 19, 2009

    People In My Groups Suck.

    I can't stand working in groups. The other people talk and don't want to actually work.  By the time they have a single paragraph (Or whatever we're doing) I'm finished. And when they try to work, it's awful! I end up having to fix everything and end up redoing it. I'd...
    HappyHippos HappyHippos
    13-15, F
    Oct 6, 2010

    I used to share a studio with three others

    artists, and constantly found things distracting. I have my own little studio now, no distractions!
    Desartes Desartes
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 8, 2014
    Heatherbooboo Heatherbooboo
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Apr 28, 2014

    You Should Sell Avon

    I do and I really enjoy it because I am self-employed  and in control of my own sales.
    MySweetLord MySweetLord
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Aug 18, 2009

    I Hate Group Work Wtih A Passion

    I feel like if I am working in a group, I can't do things my way and I think better if I am alone.
    InfernoFire InfernoFire
    18-21, T
    Jan 4, 2012
    YLIhououin YLIhououin
    18-21, M
    Jun 5, 2015

    Group Work Is Stressful At Times..

    group work is stressful at times..that's why i prefer working alone. I had an experience before. We have a group project; some of my groupmates didn't help at all. Only few people of my group actually did the project. It's not fair because people who are doing the job have to...
    glamarous glamarous
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 5, 2010

    The Tranquility and Serenity of Privacy

    Writing for me is a regular-if not daily occurence. I wouldn't necessarily call it "work", as I don't earn any money for it. For me, writing is a outlet and a form of expression. I write poetry, short stories, and essays. I left school with respectable marks, so I would consider...
    theTheodore theTheodore
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2012

    But my job makes me happy

    and all my coworkers make me feel at home. I guess they're more like family after all these months
    bjcx bjcx
    18-21, F
    Dec 2, 2013


    I rather work alone when I do stuff. Even at my job. I work at night where I'm generaly by myself I like it that way I get my work done faster.
    eyeslikestars eyeslikestars
    26-30, F
    Feb 21, 2011

    Don't Know If Its Just Me, But.........

    I enjoy working alone, studying my course ware alone. It didn't really start out that way. Always interpret groups as fun. It is, but not at work or while studying. In groups, I always end up getting something funny out and the whole cause, the reason why we were there...
    slipdasystem slipdasystem
    18-21, M
    Jan 20, 2010

    Dumb And Dumber

    I really hate my co workers I've had to move around the Organisation a lot since June and I have come to the conclusion some time ago that I literally hate all of my co workers... The worst of the bunch are HR people...oh yeah they are literally spawn of the devil!!!
    deleted deleted
    Sep 24, 2013

    I Can Think

    Without someone over me to help even, I have time to think about things and make sure I have it right.  I can take my time and not feel rushed because I take a LONG TIME TO THINK.  Seriously, it can take me forever to do something I've done before simply because I doubt...
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2009

    At Least In Class.

    I love how teachers dream up these elaborate group projects and imagine that a cluster of students who have varying degrees of interest in their overall grade will be able to work together in egalite and fraternite. (And liberte, I suppose. Just had to throw it in.) I also love...
    BookNerd BookNerd
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 10, 2008

    Never Been A Group Person (ironically)

    I have my own personal way of doing things and it annoys the hell out of me when teachers put me into a group of people and expect me to work Dx I mean if I group up with friends I do what most any teen would do I talk way to much and don't get enough done :/ but on the other...
    DemonFeyLove DemonFeyLove
    22-25, F
    Dec 30, 2009

    I Hate It!!!

    I'm a loner in school but people know I'm smart so they want to be in my group. I usually end up with the populars and they make me do everything. Since they "don't understand it" and "I'm so smart" Sometimes they try to help but they end up doing it wrong, so I have to redo...
    donnabrownica donnabrownica
    70+, F
    2 Responses Aug 3, 2012

    Lone Wolf

    I don't really mind working in a group, just hate when people are being lazy about the works that's why I would prefer working alone
    iamong123 iamong123
    22-25, M
    1 Response Dec 31, 2010

    One of those days already I'm

    so ready to oh home or anywhere but here
    Heatherbooboo Heatherbooboo
    26-30, F
    Jun 5, 2014

    Why Get It Wrong?

    I love working in a group when we are likeminded. But when confronted with the normal majority, I face the dilemma of horrible ideas that threaten perfect grades. They usually slack off and don't do their own work. I have to pester them for days to do it. I much prefer just...
    themidnightowl themidnightowl
    13-15, F
    Nov 7, 2012

    I Hate Working With a Group.

    I am much more productive when working alone. I can finish a task all by myself without the need to have group meetings or such. I feel very uncomfortable when working in a team that's why I have a hard time cooperating with others. It is not easy for me to do things as told by...
    anschel anschel
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 10, 2008

    I Can Focus Better

    I can concentrate & focus better, & "I" can be in control of my own tasks, & everything can go MY way, & not the next person's. It's more fun & flexible.
    otad12 otad12
    31-35, F
    Aug 30, 2009

    When They Work With You

    Usually when we are working in groups, the other members don't want to work, or they are too busy.  So I end up doing it all by myself.  This time in school I actually had a girl in my group who wanted to get together to work on our project, and of...
    caroooooo caroooooo
    18-21, F
    May 13, 2010

    but when it comes to sports .

    ..im all for team games
    Sbabyface Sbabyface
    26-30, F
    May 12, 2015


    Groups...ESPECIALLY in school, are nightmares. I hate it the MOST when teachers ask EVERYONE to participate. I will do all the work usually, and then ask everyones name, and write it down. Honestly, I don't mind that. I will do all the work, and you leave me alone. But it really...
    Naliruns Naliruns
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 18, 2011

    Absolutely Hate It

    Group work is one of the biggest reasons I can't stand school. Half the time it's not even necessary. The other day I had a teacher tell us to get in groups and watch us until she saw absolutely everyone in a group only to hand out a worksheet that required absolutely no need for...
    qwertyuiop348 qwertyuiop348
    16-17, F
    Feb 1, 2011

    Can't Be Fixed

    When I was younger, I hated working in a group because nobody was ever interested in getting anything done except me. Honestly, this never failed: I was the only one who ever did any work. Or, even worse, other kids did work, but then they asked me to do...
    rustyguy rustyguy
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 17, 2009

    It's the introvert of me.

    But I'm a full-time student but I also work 3 part time jobs to pay for tuition. Yeah, I'm always busy.
    xxblasianxx xxblasianxx
    18-21, F
    Dec 3, 2014

    Excepted For A Select Few...

    I have a hard time working with a lot of people, mostly because they interfere rather than help, and taking time to explain and train is just not efficient at all. There are less than a handful of people that I can actually work with intuitively, fluently, and without hindrance...
    MirrorsTruth MirrorsTruth
    22-25, M
    Mar 5, 2013

    When Writing

    I can usually work with others around me but when I am writing some technical piece I prefer to be by myself and writing.  If I get distracted I may have some poor daddy trying to place "screw A" in "slot C" when it should be the opposite.  Can you imagine how...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    41-45, F
    Apr 20, 2010

    That's Why I Became A Writer

    I love people, being around them, hearing their stories of their lives and all the crazy things that happened to them, but when it comes to working I enjoy the fact that I'm a professional novelist so I can be alone with no one but me and my keyboard. People have their place...
    NewLifeAuthor NewLifeAuthor
    46-50, M
    Jul 23, 2011

    It's easier for me to just DO something than

    for me to try to explain it to someone...
    WatchOutItsKyle WatchOutItsKyle
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 17, 2014


    It started in school. Whenever the teacher spoke the dreaded words, "get into groups" or "do this in groups" my heart would sink. I didn't have many friends and for a time I only had 3 friends so if we weren't in the same class group projects were always...
    UnseenBlossom UnseenBlossom
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 30, 2008


    It started in kindergarten when I would always play alone in the corner. in second grade I was labeled a parallel player which meant I played along side the group but not with the group. I was so shy and just asking for a piece of paper was terrifying to me. I also hate working...
    cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal cassandrathethinkerbleedsteal
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 30, 2008

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