What holiday habits will you bring into your working life in 2012 to make it more fun?

Each weekday at 11am, we invite Enterprise Nation followers on Twitter to take a short break and join us for a chat. We call it the #WatercoolerMoment and we’ll often pose a question to get the conversation started.

Last week we asked: ‘What holiday habits will you bring into your working life in 2012 to make it more fun?’  We had so many great tips from our followers we asked regular contributor Rickie Josen thought to compile her favourites and share a few with you.

What holiday habits will you bring into your working life in 2012 to make it more fun?

1. Turning my phone off and shutting down Outlook for an hour so thoughts don’t get interrupted.  @andrewdlevey

2. Staring into space more and letting the brain free-associate. @colinshelbourn

3. Being a freelancer means you can work whilst wearing your swimming trunks in the house and not just by the pool. @Timmy666

4. Try something new. Go to a training course or event or something to stimulate your ideas.@andrewdlevey

5. Enjoy the really good stuff while you’re working. E.g. occasionally have the best coffee and the luxury cake rather than just saving those for the weekend. @RickieWrites

6. Knowing when not to work is important. On my recent holiday I learned not to take my laptop with me everywhere. @Timmy666

7. Try to use time positively when technology occasionally lets us down! @aptanet

8. Best holiday bonus is the enforced shutdown, so u can follow ideas knowing you don’t HAVE to do something. @colinshelbourn

9. If I’m working on a specific project I always go somewhere else to review for a fresh perspective.@andrewdlevey

10. I have a trip to the gym most days which energises me – missed this over xmas!@LyzzyBee_Libro

11. I find a change of scene definitely helps if energy levels are dipping. @andrewdlevey

12. It’s important not to get isolated and to keep up friendships – I missed when doing two jobs so I’m doing now! @LyzzyBee_Libro

13. Holiday time – savouring each moment rather than stacking up mental notes. @lubnagemarielle

14. Making time for the lovely things you do on holiday: eating well, lots of fresh air, walking more, always being excited. @Timmy666

15. Getting away from it all. Get out of the usual work setting to help with new ideas and different thinking. @andrewdlevey

16. I got into a habit of meeting a friend a day over the xmas break and will try to work that into daily life. @LyzzyBee_Libro

Freelancing means…….Freedom

Yesterday, we drew attention to the rise in the number of start-ups in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the number of freelance workers has also gone up – quite a lot, in fact. According to research released by Kingston University in November last year, there were 12 per cent more freelancers in 2011 than in 2008, the start of the financial crisis – that’ll be a rise from 1.4 million to 1.56 million in three years.

EN contributor Rickie Josen is a freelance evangelist. In the second of her occasional musings on the joys of freelance life, she draws attention to all the things you can do when working alone that you can’t necessarily do when working for others. Read the article as published by Enterprise Nation here

Jelly in Birmingham

What: Jelly is an event for solo workers to come together to work and chat. I attended a few Jellies when I was in NYC a couple of years ago. We had them in people’s apartments there and once in a shoe show room over-looking Central Park! It was essentially an apartment used as a showroom and not something I have come across in Birmingham as yet. Only in New York….
Just bring your laptop, grab a coffee and get to work in a lovely friendly atmosphere with like-minded people.

Why: Because it doesn’t exist and Birmingham needs a place for Jellyheads© to come together every now and again.

Who: freelancers, home workers, solopreneurs, small business owners, field workers – in fact, everyone is welcome to drop in.

When: Next dates

  • Tuesday 1st February – Church Street
  • Friday 11th  February  – JQT
  • Friday 11th March – JQT
  • Friday 1st April – JQT
  • Friday May 13th – JQT
  • Friday June 10th – JQT
  • Friday Aug 12th – JQT

From 9am onwards or you can get there earlier and have breakfast with the daily papers.

Where: Urban Coffee Co JQT (Big Peg) 

Feel free to come and put your laptop down then go grab a drink.

How: RSVP to me write@rickiejosen.co.uk or via Twitter @RickieWrites

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