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I Prefer Working Alone

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    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

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    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 16-17 Oct 19, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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 18-21, F Dec 30, 2009

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    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

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    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

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    Alone

    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

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    One of those days already I'm

    so ready to oh home or anywhere but here
    Heatherbooboo Heatherbooboo 22-25, F Jun 5

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 26-30, F Aug 30, 2009

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    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

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    Mostly

    I generally hate working in groups, and when it comes to my art I can't stand anyone being around when I'm drawing or painting. The only time I enjoyed working in a group was when I played in bands -- kind of hard to be in a band and work alone.
    ChipmunkErnie ChipmunkErnie 61-65, M 2 Responses Jul 23, 2011

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    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 18-21, F Dec 30, 2009

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    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

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    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...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Jun 27

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Always

    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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    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

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    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!!!
    chipstickz chipstickz 31-35, F Sep 24, 2013

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    Ah!

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Heatherbooboo Heatherbooboo 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 28

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    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

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    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

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    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...
    ForestTea ForestTea 18-21, F Jan 4, 2010

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    Working alone makes me feel like I can get my

    goal reached the way I want it to responsibly and with no distractions. And if something doesn't work out, I'll also get to take full responsibility for it. Right now I work with a lot of other people and around a lot of other people since I'm a waitress. I don't mind it so much...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    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

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    Sinking

    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 4 Responses Nov 30, 2008

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    I Always Hated Working In A Group

      Anytime a teacher put me in a group with a bunch of people I always hated it. I didn't like working with people because when they were suppose to be working they were always to busy talking. And me being socially awkward i would never feel comfortable around a whole...
    Klong91 Klong91 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    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

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    School

    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

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    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

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    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

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    I have lost a lot of friends within the past two years, including one I was really close to. I suffer from depression, which causing me to be a bit of a downer at times. I'm also...
    thelastfirstchoice thelastfirstchoice 13-15, F Jul 6

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    As long as I can remember I have always been the one that everyone picked on and made fun of. Because of that I learned to withdraw within myself and keep everything inside, never...
    chadjunk chadjunk 46-50, M 8 hrs ago

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    I'm home alone and can do anything. Anyone up for some truth or dare?
    abbyseaney abbyseaney 16-17, M 5 hrs ago

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    I'm alone since my husband passed away. I don't feel lonely , though. My life is full with my children and dear friends. But I still prefer to have some time for myself. I like to...
    ascentofawoman67 ascentofawoman67 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    It seams the more and more gifts and things I develop, the further away I am from other people. I don't talk to people very often... Because they just don't understand. They may...
    Destinyyy Destinyyy 16-17, F Jul 14

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    hey all ! ... this is important and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M 8 hrs ago

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    The thing about social drinking is that you have people to chat with etc but you still need to keep track of your behaviour and how much is acceptable to drink for the govern...
    pmax2000 pmax2000 31-35, M Jun 25

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    I got my gym membership yesterday and I also began working out yesterday. I've always been on the smaller side. At the most I've weighed 140 but right now I'm 125. Even though I'm...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F Jul 3

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    Ok I'll be the first :) I am anti social I prefer my own company and I like to sit in silence. I like myself to it's easy to be alone with myself. That's not to say that I never...
    screwedntattooed screwedntattooed 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 5

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    I'm not talking so much on a relationship level, but on a friendship level. I'm just alone. And I'm afraid of even trying to make friends. I think I'm just meant to be by myself...
    DepressedButWellDressed DepressedButWellDressed 13-15, F 5 Responses Jun 24

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    This will sort of be a stream of consciousness vent. I don't feel totally comfortable writing this here. Putting out my problems on the internet like this for strangers to read but...
    fibrodoodle fibrodoodle 36-40, F 2 Responses a week ago

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