Start Hanging Around the Water Cooler

If you’re like me, you don’t have a water cooler to hang around – just house cats who wrap around your legs as you trudge through the house to achieve the first goal of the day: chugging your morning coffee. It gets kind of lonesome talking to cats all day. Last week, I took a strategic approach and tried to make my working days (which is well, all 7 days of the week), more social.

Network to get work.

If you aren’t out networking, you should be! There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people in business across the GTA. Use Meetup, Eventbrite or Facebook to find events and this will begin to open up your realm of networking activities as well as build your network. Attend at least one networking meeting a week in order to stay on the scene.

Hold a mobile meeting.

It is great to see people face-to-face even if there’s a screen between you on Skype or Google Hangouts. Try to have a couple of these a week in order to keep your communication skills fresh.

Find a work buddy.

Perhaps a fellow friend or colleague is in the same boat as you are. For me, I consult my writer friend who is always brainstorming new book ideas or has her head glued to her latest screen play. We usually end up at the library or a café near us.

Join a team.

In the absence of having a team element in my life, I decided to join my local field hockey league. I like the idea of working together to achieve something you could not do on your own. It is a once a week commitment and it satisfies my need for group progress.

Consider hiring.

Eventually, I’d like to rent an office space where I can work alongside a small team of social media strategists. For now, I will continue haunting my go-to local cafés throughout the week until they throw me out! However, if you’ve considered contracting someone, perhaps you can work in the same space together.

Stay social.

Plan an event with friends once every week or so. You need the down time and your friends will want to see you just as much.

Enjoy the silence.

There’s nothing wrong with being on your own. Once the initial realization that it is possible to work on your own every day kicks in, it becomes a lot easier to get things done. Just don’t get too introspective about it or lose sight of your initial tasks. There are many great tools for that, such as strategic alarms or time management apps to help get you going.