Looking for bookending buddies, folks to do "co-working" with
I've been using a really helpful tool (well, it helps when you remember to use it, that is!) which is bookending tasks one-on-one style. I know a lot of us do this, sometimes with the conference call line. I've found what's most helpful to me is to do it one-on-one with a friend, by phone. A fellow traveler who I met through PA believed firmly in 25 minutes being a magic number. I'm a bit flexible - 25 - 45 minutes.. but the gist of it is, we alternate phoning each other in 25 to 45 minute increments. It goes sort of like this:
me: hi friend!
me: so what are you going to do for the next half hour?
friend: hmm, I don't know, I have so much to do today (insert overwhelming long list of anxiety provoking tasks here)
me: hmm, well, which thing do you think you're gonna try in the next half hour?
friend: oh.. well, I guess I need to shower and walk the dog
friend: what about you?
me: ..overwhelming long list of anxiety provoking tasks
friend: hmm, well, which thing do you think you'll try in the next half hour?
me: oh, I should have coffee and toast
friend: yay coffee and toast!
me: ok.. so, you'll shower and walk dogs, i'll have coffee and toast, we'll talk again at 9:35. I'll call you
friend: awesome , Go Team!
me: Go Team!
friend: k bye
me: bye : )
So that's it. And thought it takes a long time to write it out, it takes hardly anytime to speak it, and both parties are mindful to keep the check-in calls short.
Alternatively/additionally, in the past I've had good luck with doing a coworking-by-skype thing with a friend who also works from home a lot. We do the checkins, but instead of phone we just leave a skype video call running. I think part of why this really helps is that it makes everything less lonely/dread-inducing.. you've got a friend in the room, and you're both working/expecting the other to work. if my skype buddy goes to the kitchen to clean or put up a shelf, that's cool, we just come back to computer (or switch to phone if one needs to run out) and check in every so often. Much less lonely this way!
So, these are some tools I've found that have helped, and I'm wondering if anyone would like to "meet up" (via skype or phone) and see if we might be good bookending/ check-in buddies? I'm on the East coast, and especially looking for someone who might want to do early morning check ins to help with the getting-starting-early (say 7, 8, 9ish.)
I should add that for myself I'm really not interested in check ins that are primarily text based - email and text messages are useful occasionally, but I do so much self editing that, for me, they are an absolute field day for my procrastination/perfectionism tendencies.. and, they are time consuming - I can almost always say something faster than I can write it - and the idea of this for me is for it not to take too much time away from getting the shit done that i'm afraid of/need to do/have been dreading/etc. Plus, personality wise, I'm really relational and tone of voice makes interactions much more meaningful for me. But hey, all that said - if you're a texty-type please do reply, maybe another texty-type will see your reply and find you !
Hmm, so that about sums it up.. I want to post my phone number here but I'm a little shy of it, but if you private message me or reply here that you're interested in this, I'll send it and/or skype to you straight away and we can chat!!
Thanks for reading everyone : )