Do you find yourself hustling amongst the work? In the race of filling in multiple roles simultaneously, freelancers are often found struggling in maintaining the work and social life balance.
Full-time workers have a regular work schedule to maintain, and their office space is where most of the socializing happens. As a freelancer, it gets very difficult to maintain a healthy social life with having no proper working schedule. Extra efforts are needed from your side to approach other people and spend quality time with them.
Freelancers are seen going through loneliness and facing isolation. While many prefer that lifestyle of embracing solitude, others feel bugged because of the reduced or lack of social life. We crave a dose of our loved ones every once in a while.
Having games night, movie time, dinner dates, or sipping a cup of coffee over a chit-chat session seems far-fetched now. We all love meeting our friends and loved ones. In the article below, we outline the ways in which you can manage your time for social life amidst being buried under that work-load.
- Make space for time-off in your schedule
With an irregular working time table, you often forget to mark time-off for friends and family. Try bringing regularity in your working schedule. Though you might not always want to refer to the timetable when wanting to see people, make sure to allocate a specific time period for the same.
Honestly, once you get busy with work, time will pass away quickly. Taking a step and making sure that every week you dedicate one day to meet friends, or having Friday night dinner with family, will help you stick to your commitment. Otherwise, you will find yourself making lame excuses and procrastinating plans related to your social life.
2. Go on long vacations
Taking a break once a year, and dedicating your time fully to your family or friends is like a dream. Instead of checking your mail every 5 minutes or attending calls in between family time, a real vacation ensures stress-free time. Picking a date will prove to be difficult, considering the amount of work you have. However, as a freelancer, you have the flexibility of allowing yourself with vacation days during the year.
3. Work from cafes/co-working space
Instead of working from an isolated corner of your home, go out there and start working from cafes or from a co-working space. It helps tremendously. You can find other freelancers and make friends. It provides you with a lively environment. You do not miss spending time in the office or having amazing co-workers around. Being amongst the people will make you feel comfortable in general social situations.
4. Be a part of a team/club
Through your transition into the freelancer lifestyle, enrolling in a local sports team or a gym and playing once a week or periodically can be beneficial. You get to interact with various kinds of people and share their energy. Feeling a different vibe can help you refresh too. Similarly, to be amongst people, you can join a book club or art club or any sort of club of your interest. It is not necessary for you to hang out all the time with your acquaintances from there. You will get to see similar faces every once in a while and can eventually develop friendships for the long-term too. Social interactions are great for building connections.
A pro tip from us – as you have work timing flexibility, try to schedule your workouts at odd timings. Doing this will give you a chance to meet other similar kinds of people who work from home or have odd work timings. The same goes with having meals at restaurants, try to go during off-peak hours.
Start making strategic plans. Join clubs or meet your clients over coffee or pizza. Speaking out loud to other humans is essential for mental health. Following the mentioned tips could help you feel the liveliness and joy again. Remember life is also about prioritising family and celebrating your friendships. You do not want your loved ones to forget what your face looks like.