One of the things the pandemic lockdowns have underscored is the importance of person-to-person connections.
This is something that freelancers and writers often struggle with even when we’re not in the middle of a widespread health crisis.
When you work at home, you don’t get to participate in the water-cooler talk that happens at office jobs. You don’t have quick conversations in the elevator or bump into colleagues when refilling your coffee.
Now that so many people are working at home, “writer’s isolation” is something a lot more people are experiencing.
The truth is, in both the best of times and the worst of times, you need to connect with other people. You need to have conversations and outings with friends and family, to nurture the relationships that are most important to you.
But life gets busy (or gets completed upended by things out of your control), and before you know it, a week or two has gone by and you haven’t really talked to anyone outside of your household except maybe for a few Zoom meetings with clients.
I can only speak for me, but part of why this happens is because I exaggerate the time commitment in my mind. I don’t think in terms of a quick phone call. I think in terms of an entire afternoon or evening, and so when deadlines are looming and the laundry is piling up, I put off even suggesting a phone call, a Zoom date, or a quick lunch at a restaurant (which is still a possibility in my neck of the woods).
When I think about it though, a quick phone call to catch up doesn’t have to last an hour. It doesn’t even have to be scheduled!
So one of the things I’m trying to do more of is reach out for quick conversations with friends and family. To stop putting those moments of connection off for when I “have time.”
If you find yourself missing your friends and family, I encourage you to take the same step. After all, few things are more refreshing than a good talk with someone you love.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!