These 5 tips will help you to stave off hermit status and help you connect with the world around you:
Local networking events and meetups are a great way to get out and meet people and break up the monotony of your day-to-day routine. As an added bonus, they’re filled with likeminded local professionals that are great to add to your personal and professional networks. You never know when you may find a great partnership opportunity, a new client or even a potential best buddy from one of these types of events. LinkedIn is a great place to look for these types of gatherings, as is Meetup.com.
Picking up your work and venturing out to a local coffeehouse, library or park is a wonderful way to get out of the house. (You may even meet other people!) Enjoying a great cup of joe or the nice weather is sure to invigorate your work and make you feel really fortunate to be able to work outside of a traditional office setting.
Break-Up the Day by Running Errands
Running errands during the day is a great way to kill a whole bunch of birds with one stone. Okay, that sounded bad. Anyways, running errands allows you to take a break from work while still being productive, which is a win-win when you just can’t stare at that spreadsheet anymore but you have a lot to do. Also, running errands during the day is a huge time saver because banks, grocery stores, and the like tend to be less busy during the day when most people are at work or school. Finally, running errands forces you to actually get dressed and go out in the world and interact with other people, which makes it a motivator of sorts to get your day going.
Open the Windows or Work Outside
If you can’t tear yourself away from your computer screen, even just opening the windows or working outside in your yard or on a porch will break through that feeling of being cooped up. This is especially true if you live where there’s some street noise, because that can be really refreshing while working – sort of like coffeehouse music.
Get Lunch Occasionally
Sometimes splurging for that lunch out is just what the doctor ordered. If you were working in a typical office job, chances are that you would be grabbing lunch with coworkers occasionally to celebrate or break up the day so don’t let your lack of co-workers stop you from doing the same on your own from time to time. Celebrate your wins and jazz up the day with a lunch break by yourself once a week or once a month to help keep you sane!
Kate Pierce is the owner of LionShark Digital Marketing LLC, a West Michigan internet marketing company. Her areas of expertise include Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Web Consulting for small businesses, Copywriting and Local Online Marketing. She lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband and enjoys cooking, watching sports and spending time outdoors. Like a true digital marketing expert (i.e. geek), she loves talking about marketing theory and SEM trends… so don’t say you weren’t warned!