Working remotely as part of a larger workforce can be a real drag - while you usually have more autonomy, it often feels like you're not really part of the team. The Flying Solo blog offers up an interesting idea for letting solo workers tap into some of the social and motivational benefits of group working.
Blogger Megan Tough says a fellow freelancer opened up their home to a small group of fellow soloists, for a one-off day of group work. The plan was to allow for solo work time as well as group discussion of a specific work issues facing each participant.
She says it more than achieved their stated goals, which were:
- To work on something that needed to get done. Perhaps we'd been putting it off, or hadn't allocated dedicated time to doing it.
- To discuss and provide feedback to each other on one issue in our business.
- The third objective, and ultimately the most important, was to have fun.
They also elected to stay in touch via project management software, holding a quarterly online meeting to update the group on their progress. Interesting idea and a nice reminder that getting together with others can really help give a different perspective on your work and give you a motivational 'push'.
[Flying Solo via Tapping Man]