ProConnect

Feeling lonely at work? 5 Tips Beyond Social Media

By

Feeling lonely at work? 5 Tips Beyond Social Media
Social media has opened up a new stream to stay connected but it can go only so far.

Whether you are a solopreneur or work in a large corporation and have a cubical or office, there are times when you feel lonely at work. We have all faced days that seem like everybody is busy with their work and own lives, and you're just not getting enough social interaction.

Social media has opened up a new stream to stay connected but it can go only so far. It's still mostly written interaction and even watching a video is fun, but it's still just you alone doing the watching.

Back in 1993 when I first opened my design studio, there was no real social media online and I was still learning all the software applications. It's funny thinking now, how much social media has become a part of my life and business and what it was like before. Obviously, back then I would interact with people on the phone and schedule get togethers, meetings or mail out materials to remind them of me.

For the past 17 years I have mostly been a solopreneur. On and off during the years I've had assistants, like I do today. I work from my home office each day and have some guidelines in place, because without them it would be much harder to build and grow my business, as well as maintain my lifestyle.

I remember when I was on staff all those years ago, and was leaving to open my own studio, friends would say to me, "oh, you'll love working from home because you set your own schedule, skip out for lunch, a movie, or watch afternoon tv.. like Oprah."

My reply was that the tv would never be on unless there was breaking news and I have maintained that guideline all these years. The afternoon lunch or movie, sure, every once in a while, especially on a movie's opening day!

So, how do I recommend staying connected? My top 5 tips:

1- Go outside everyday and do something active, while soaking up some sunshine. Take a walk while shooting photographs, go to the gym or ride a bicycle. You can schedule one of these activities with a friend or workmate to walk and chat during lunch or after work.

2- Call at least 1-2 people each day, one during the morning hours and one in the afternoon, this will give you some personal (somewhat live) interaction, or skype with someone, for a more 3D video call.

3- Hire an intern to work part time and that will bring a fresh outlook to your work day. They bring their own impressions, fresh ideas, and you have someone to bounce ideas off.

4 - Attend an opening or other type of event, once a week. During that day you will have something to plan, like who is going with you, what to wear, and where to go for dinner before or afterward. Invite a few social media friends so you see them in reality!

5- Try something new... take a class in something you're passionate about... perhaps a new language? (I study the Italian language on and off when I have time.) You'll have so much fun, learn something new and who knows the new friends you'll make! You can even find someone to practice with at lunchtime!

What other creative ideas can you think of to make your workday feel less lonely?

Share this with someone you love (or even like a lot)!

Let's make it
FB official
Recent Expert Posts
Why You Need To Give Your Kids Sex Education

You Need To Talk To Your Kids About Sex

Do your kids know all about the birds and the bees?

Best Sex: Why You Should Just Say Yes To Sex

The Secret To A Hot Sex Life With Your Partner? Just Do It

You can have an incredibly alive sex life in a long term relationship.

Blues

Are Conflicting Rules Why You're Still Single?

I wrote the following post on my Spotlight Coaching forum and boy were the comments ...

Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

Resources
How to find the right pro for you
10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

YourTango Experts can help your business go from good to great.

10 Steps To Improve Your Coaching Business

Take your coaching business from mediocre to great in no time…

Frequently Asked Questions About YourTango Experts

Thinking of joining? Here's all the facts you need to know to make the most of your membership.

Getting Your Guy To Join You In A Therapy Or Coaching Session

So how can your get your strong, self-reliant, superman to talk to an Expert with you?

Therapist/Counselors: Who We Are & What We Do

What exactly does a therapist/counselor do and can they really help?

See more resources>
HOT STUFF!
FROM OUR PARTNERS