How to stay connected during these difficult times
It’s lonely at the top. While working for yourself has many perks, it can be very isolating and lonely at times. If you are a solopreneur or one-man band, or perhaps you run a team of people remotely, sometimes you can feel like Tom Hanks with his volleyball Wilson, desperate for human interaction.
As solopreneurs we quickly learn how to compensate the isolation by engaging in more social activities or going to the gym, but what can you do during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic where we are being told to self-isolate or social distance ourselves from people?
Even though I am used to being on my own at work (my team all work remotely across 5 Countries) I have learnt some ways to stay more connected, especially during my time of self-isolation after returning from overseas recently.
So here are my top 4 tips on how to stay connected:
Use Social Media & Team Software
This one is Captain obvious, but social media is a great place to stay connected with friends and family members.
What’s App is also a great tool to use to start group conversations. Invite all of the people you know who are self-isolating to start a group chat, and on a daily-basis share a funny meme or anything else to keep your mind off being stuck at home.
If you run a remote team, using software such as Slack or Monday can help you stay connected with your staff instead of sending emails. These software tools are perfect for remote teams by making your communication a little less formal than sending a group email, and everyone can easily chime in on a topic.
Chat Over Facetime, Zoom & Skype
There are so many video conferencing tools to choose from, so if you have a meeting or appointment don’t cancel it! Have a virtual meeting instead using video software such as Zoom or Skype.
If you usually call your family or friends over the phone, try using Facetime or Skype, that way you get to see people face to face so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on social interaction.
Plan Future Social Events
I love having special events or holidays to look forward to. So, while you are stuck in self-isolation, get a group together on What’s App and organise a fun social outing in a few weeks so you all have something to look forward to.
Need some ideas? Hire a sailing boat, book in an escape room, organise a weekend away or even just a dinner at someone’s house. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, it’s more about having something to look forward to once all of this craziness has simmered down.
Play Online Games
Yes, you’re a busy entrepreneur with lots to do, but you need to make time for work and for play. So, during this time of isolation break up the work day by playing online games with friends. There are plenty of mobile apps such as Words with Friends or Hangman where you can invite your friends to play a game online with you.
It is also a great opportunity to use this time to do things you have been putting off such as reading a book, watching that Netflix series or perhaps starting a new habit like healthy eating or meditation.
So being a solopreneur in self-isolation doesn’t have to totally suck, there are things you can do to help reduce the angst of working from home whilst practicing social distancing & self-isolation. Keeping up social interaction is important for our mental well-being so make sure you implement some of the above tips to keep you sane while during this time.