One of the biggest challenges facing freelancers today is ensuring that they have access to a community. There are a lot of benefits of working online, but in light of the fact, we are still in the midst of a worldwide epidemic, and it is very easy to spend too many hours in front of a computer and not enough time for networking, communication and others. interact with.
The joy of providing projects to clients who get paid to run their own company and work from their pajamas will quickly deteriorate if you do not have plans to interact with others and continue to build communication and collaborative skills. Avoiding isolation is important to your ability to stay motivated in your business, but it is also important for your personal mental health. Here are my favorite suggestions to avoid isolation.
Search for online communities
It is unlikely that your husband or other people in your private world who do not understand independently what you do. This means that they may not be interested in listening. You talk endlessly about your problematic customer or are not ready to understand the specifics of a document that went through 45 iterations before the client accepted it. .
For these reasons, you should have a network of other freelancers who know what you are talking about, even if just to laugh, share funny stories and uplift each other. There are a lot of great communities online that allow you to connect with other freelancers and build relationships as a group or small network.
Related: 6 tips for in-person networking during the Kovid-19 era
Schedule regular time outside the office
Spending time away from your physical office is extremely important, even if it is challenging to do so. It can be just a quick walk in the neighborhood or a lunch with a friend, but it is important that regular time to get away from your business is blocked in your schedule.
Freelancers often have tunnel vision and spend all their time thinking about work. It is not healthy for you or good for your business.
Develop hobbies away from work
It is very easy to work on yourself all the time, as mentioned above. One of the easiest ways to avoid this is a new hobby or learning activity that has nothing to do with your business. Bonus points if you don’t need to be on your computer and instead allow you to do something physical or use your hands. These can be extremely beneficial as you are learning something new and expanding your skills outside the business. This is a good opportunity to decompress your brain and give it a chance to think about something else.
Physical exercise is very good for the mind, body and soul. It also helps you avoid isolation if you think of ways that you can interact with people. Even during this time of social distancing, I have been able to interact with others using an app called StepBet. Where we are all competing for a pool of money to stick to our daily step goals.
It’s good at interacting with people who have their health as a goal. The app helps me kick into gear when I realize that I haven’t made enough moves for the day.
Create your schedule
No matter how you choose to combat isolation, make it into your calendar regularly. It is so easy to bring your head to work and forget about isolation. I like to spend Sunday evenings looking at my calendar and looking for opportunities to engage in engagement and community. Whether it’s a virtual coffee with someone I haven’t spoken to in a while. Or scheduling a “happy hour” style event with a group playing a game, things to isolate things. Is fun to keep fresh and interesting. Free workday