As social beings, we’re facing severely unchartered territory with new pieces of ‘social distancing’ legislation being implemented every other day. The essential need to isolate one from another is undoubtedly important to fight the spread of the virus, but it does come at the hefty price of having to be apart from those we love. We’re hard-wired to seek comfort from those around us. From our friends, families and the wider community, this connection is essential to us for responding to survival in times of stress.
Of course, by now we’re all aware that the main priority is following the government guidelines on isolation in order to control the spread, as the cure (staying inside) is not worse than the virus. The side effect of this though is predicted to be a spike in the levels of loneliness, boredom and a general lack of motivation.
However, thanks to technology like our iPhones and Playstations, there are ways for us to be more connected than ever before, ensuring that while we physically have to disconnect, we’re only a virtual hug away. The team at Ronin have put together some of the best ways to stay connected during this physically isolating time:
Social Media Platforms:
Starting off with the most obvious, and arguably the most used already, social media platforms are an instantaneous way to engage and keep updated on the lives of those around us. We’re talking Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc – you name it! This is the easiest way to stay in contact with loved ones, fire up the old group chat and get creative! Sending each other GIFs, memes and general words of encouragement to let those around you know that you’re thinking of them will do you both a world of good. While this is a great way to kill time in isolation, it’s important to remember that social media is a tool for communication, and it doesn’t have to be the only thing you do. Taking breaks from your mobile to step outside onto a balcony or your backyard if you have one to soak up some sun rays is a great way to break up the scrolling frenzy that is sure to be had.
Video Chat Services:
These days there are a multitude of ways to go about this, you’ve got things like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Houseparty, the list goes on! What is ‘Houseparty’ you might ask? Well, it’s a digital party for up to 8 people to join, right from your smartphone. You’ll be notified when a friend is online (circa MSN days), you can talk to just them directly or spark up a full-blown party with others who are online. It allows you to play games such as trivia and card games within the chat, making it a great way to pass the time next Friday night! Games aside, video calling a loved one is the best way in this crisis to connect without compromising anyone’s health.
Productivity Management Software:
We know A LOT of you have had to move to the remote working world and we have some tips for how to stay on top of communication and deadlines. We recommend finding a workflow management tool, such as Asana, Monday or Trello. These tools allow you to assign tasks to the team, track what projects are sitting where and see how much time you need allocated to the job. Pairing this system with an instant messaging platform such as Workplace (Facebook’s business messenger) will allow for prompt, open communication between the team. Having these systems in place will keep you ahead of the pack and will save you hours of tedious timesheet management every week. It’s a win-win!
If you’re looking for a way to stay social with your friends during your downtime but want to abide by the ‘no more than 2 people in a gathering’ rule, why not become acquainted with some online gaming! There are many games that allow you to chat with your friends over a microphone while you play, making it feel like they’re right there with you. This won’t be for everyone, we know, but there’s no harm in trying something new! And hey, if you’re a middle aged dude who grew up on Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake, and HAVEN’T played Fortnite yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun!