Let’s face it, we live in an “instant-messaging era” right now. Technology has made life more exciting; we can watch anything in a heartbeat; track every stage of food delivery and even work from home. While it makes things easier and convenient, some of us tend to worry losing our social edge and risk going all Howard Hudges not able to reciprocate with the outside world.
Fact. Social interaction is good for you. Let’s take a look at some ways you can motivate yourself to get out of the house every now and again.
Turn Leaving the House Into a Game
One of the easiest tricks to force yourself out of the house is to incentivise it with a game. The most popular way to do this is probably Google maps, which is a good way to try new things and stay in touch with friends. There is also Foursquare that you can use. The handy thing about Foursquare (or whatever location-based social app you choose) is that you can also see what your friends are up to if they’re in your area. For instance, if a friend checks in at a restaurant near you then you’ll know they’re out and probably looking for more company.
Schedule a Day a Week to Try Something New
Sometimes getting out of the house requires a more forceful tactic. In this case, try scheduling a day to try something new. Take a look at your weekly schedule and see where you might have some long stints of nothing to do. Schedule in a day where you hit up a new restaurant or meet up with friends to try a new activity. It might sound overenthusiastic, but the truth is if you’re given the option to stay in and enjoy the luxuries of home for free or go out and spend a little money, you’re probably more likely to choose the money-saving method. That’s totally okay on most days, but if you schedule in at least one day a week to do something a little different, you’ll simultaneously keep yourself from falling into a rut and get out of the house.
Work in Public Once or Twice a Week
If you work from home you’re probably pretty familiar being in solitary surroundings. The easy solution to this (admittedly specific) problem is to move your work space away from your home office once or twice a week. Hitting up a coffee shop is an easy way to do it and doing so boosts creativity. It’s also a great way to get things done because you’re forced to work without as many distractions. The bonus is you’re also surrounded by other people instead of just being on your own at home. Signing up for a co-working space is another option. This usually costs slightly more money, but it’s also a good way to get your productive juices flowing and get work done.
Explore Your Neighborhood. Take a Walk
This might be a silly suggestion to some people, but it’s one that I personally take advantage of all the time. If I feel overwhelmed or I get too involved in work, I’ll force myself to get up and walk around the neighbourhood. The trick here is to try and explore new areas each time and make eye contact with neighbours (and smile, for crying out loud!). In my case, I live in a neighbourhood that happens to border a ton of other, more interesting neighbourhoods, and my little adventures have lead me to new coffee shops, tiny ice cream stands, and hole-in-wall restaurants. As a bonus, I’ve also met and conversed with neighbours from all walks of life. If nothing else, walking increases brain memory – it’s a great way of recharging your batteries!
Volunteer at a Non-Profit
Sure, working for free probably doesn’t sound better than playing Xbox for six hours straight, but it’s a good way to get out of the house and do something productive. Bonus: you’ll feel horrible if you skip a day so you’re more likely to do it. The Make It Right Movement (MIRM) powered by BAC is the easiest way to find a place to volunteer in your area. Before you start worrying about toiling away in a soup kitchen, contact MIRM and know that volunteering can encompass everything from teaching a class on electronics to writing blogs for non-profits. Volunteering isn’t just a good way to get out of the house; it’s also adds to your resume.