Staying in touch can seem like a daunting task. If you’re anything like me you have your weeks booked out so far ahead of time you can’t figure out when you’re going to have time to stay in touch. And if you’re the exact opposite of me the thought of planning too far ahead probably stresses you out too much to make plans ahead of time. Here are five suggestions of things that may have already been on your personal to do list already that you may be able to invite a friend along with you for the adventure:
Invite a coworker to join you on your coffee break
When you go to the kitchen to get coffee during your workday, why not invite a friend along for the adventure? It’ll give you a chance to get away from your desk, someone to talk to, and maybe even a chance to stop thinking about work for a few minutes. If you schedule your coffee breaks ahead of time it’ll give you something to look forward to throughout the day as well!
Invite a friend to lunch
It never occurs to me to make lunch plans for some reason. I work in a big city downtown in the middle of dozens of office buildings with thousands of people and I never think to invite anybody to lunch. Why is this? Some days it is because I have too much to do and don’t know when I will be free, but other days if I just planned a little better I could absolutely be available from 12:00-1:00 to meet a friend for lunch. It would even be a good chance to try the new restaurants nearby. And if you’re on a budget, why not just meet a friend in the kitchen or the park to eat a lunch you’ve brought from home?
Invite a neighbor on a morning run
If you’re a runner, you probably have runner friends. And if you don’t think you have any runner friends think back to the time there was a marathon or 5k in your town and how many people you know posted pictures of themselves after the race was over. Invite those people to go for a run. It’s a good way to keep yourself motivated and it’s a healthy way to start the day! While I was getting ready for my boudoir shoot last May I found a running buddy to join me every morning and it made the jogs go by significantly faster than if I had been running alone.
Invite your partner to go for an evening walk
If it’s a nice night, why not take the chance to go on a walk through your neighborhood? It’s a great way to wind down at the end of a long day and a good chance to have a conversation that might not have been had surrounded by televisions and cell phones.
Invite your best friend to go for Saturday morning brunch
There are very few things I’m willing to get up for in the morning, in fact, food and friends might be the only two. Brunch can be a great (and relaxing) way to start your weekend and if done correctly, it’s a budget-friendly way say hello to an old friend and catch up over tea.
These are just five steps you can take today to add staying in touch into the schedule you already have. If you’d like more ideas of simple ways to stay in touch, I highly recommend checking out my new e-book: How to Stay in Touch: 27 ways to make it happen.
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