Ok so there you are being a ‘super cool coworking – freelancing – independent – economic – agent’ in fact so cool your organic decaf mocha frappe coffee is iced as soon as you touch it.
Then you realise that you only have a few weeks worth of ‘looking cool’ budget before you are screwed.
You go to an event about startups, sharing economy and trust.
You agree with everything that is said and then walk out realising that there is nothing in that last hour of your life that you have listened to that you can apply to your next day, next week let alone the next bloody month that will be of any help to your “work life”.
Don’t worry – you chose this.
You have chosen to be a ‘super cool coworking – freelancing – independent – economic – agent’ – (Is that like an entrepreneur?)
No, enough with the term entrepreneur – get over it.
Then you pluck up the courage….
The courage to talk to other people in your peer group, coworking space, industry group, fellow freelancing warrior’s or wherever you hang out.
Pro tip: skip to bitching about clients, talking about the difference between Windows 10 and Windows ’95 or Snow Leopard and Mountain Gerbil – get to the meat.
The meat is where the inspiration is, where the daily progress is and also the friction. It is this friction that leads to collaborators and problem solving.
Rancid Small Talk
Rancid small talk does not make you want to get up in the morning and get into the action.
Being open, helpful and vulnerable helps build community. Being gaurded, ‘totally sorted’ and big headed does not.
So what do we talk about?
Start with processes and ASK people, don’t TELL people yours. Well if course let them know what you do!
I say this because I have shaved HOURS off of my workflow by asking people about theirs, and when people have asked me about mine it had made me think about what I actually do.
As someone who was late to the keyboard shortcuts game I shudder to think how many DAYS I would have spent copying and pasting over the years.
These ‘apparently boring’ little processes will help you all spend less time working and more time on interesting stuff, then quicker than you think these processes will become habits.
Just ask someone like you.
Now why didn’t I think of that?