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7 Tips to Feel Connected When You Work Alone

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Working alone definitely comes with benefits. There are no office politics to worry about, projects take less time because no one is there slowing you down with interruptions, and you’re in control, which can enhance self-confidence. Keeping a positive social atmosphere at the office is all up to you! It can also come with a downside: loneliness. Whether you’re a one-person show or you work remotely, working alone can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation. Fear not! You can use several strategies to feel more connected and engaged during your workday. 

1. Set a Routine and Schedule Regular Breaks

Establish a consistent daily routine that includes designated work hours, breaks, and time for social interactions. Start and end your work at consistent times. Start your day with positive habits like meditation, exercise, or journaling. This can put you in a positive mindset and help you feel more connected with yourself before diving into work. 

Incorporate short breaks throughout the day to stretch, walk around, or even engage in quick social interactions online. Having a routine can provide a sense of stability and engagement and make your day more predictable.

2. Utilize Communication Tools

Take advantage of the communication tools available to you. Stay connected with colleagues, clients, and collaborators via email, instant messaging, video conferencing, or project management platforms. Regularly checking in and participating in discussions can make you feel part of a team, even if you’re physically alone.

3. Celebrate Milestones

When you achieve a milestone or complete a project, celebrate your accomplishments. Celebrating your milestones can come in many forms, including treating yourself to a nice meal or taking the rest of the day off to rest and recharge. If you work remotely, celebrating your milestones virtually with your team can be a great way to build camaraderie and strengthen your relationships. Whatever form your celebration takes, the important thing is to take the time to acknowledge your hard work and give yourself credit for your accomplishments.

4. Join Virtual Communities

Look for online groups or forums related to your industry or interests, such as mastermind, LinkedIn, and Reddit groups. Participate in discussions, share insights, and ask questions. This can help you connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and feel a sense of belonging within a larger community.

5. Plan Virtual Meetings or Coffee Chats

Schedule virtual meetings or casual coffee chats with colleagues, friends, or mentors. These interactions provide a space for socializing, discussing work-related matters, or simply catching up. Video calls also add a personal touch by allowing you to see facial expressions and gestures. 

If you’re part of a team working remotely, you can set up a virtual water cooler so you and your colleagues can chat about non-work-related topics. Casual conversation and bonding around the virtual water cooler can help recreate the social interactions of a traditional office environment. 

6. Work from Different Locations

Consider working from different locations occasionally. This could mean working from a local café or a co-working space. A change of scenery can make your work environment less monotonous and provide opportunities for incidental social interactions. Little environmental changes can have significant impacts on your mental fortitude.

7. Volunteer Your Time

Why not utilize your flexible schedule and volunteer at a local organization? You can add valuable experience to your resume by helping others in need all while interacting with new people. Volunteering can help you feel part of a community and less isolated. 

Many companies grant employees paid time to volunteer, encouraging community involvement. If you’re a remote worker and your company doesn’t already have a policy, pitching the idea to your boss won’t hurt! If you’re a solopreneur, volunteering is a great way to combat feelings of isolation. 

Not sure where to start? There are plenty of sites that can help you find volunteer opportunities

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  • Flex space
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  • Shower
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