Hello, all! This is my second year teaching, and I have switched districts. I teach an elective class and only have one other person in my department. This week has been our first PD week, and I have talked with several people, who have been kind and might be friends over time. My new classroom is located in a bit of an isolated area in the school, and I think that it may be an advantage, but I'm not sure. I would really like to work on and improve my teaching this year, and am strongly considering limiting my socializing throughout the building during the day (in my first district, I had a few close friends, and would have to be careful about wasting too much time talking with others) in order to utilize as much of my lunch and planning time as possible to plan and organize. I also have a lot going on in my home life this year, and would like to get as much done during the day as possible in order to leave a bit sooner. I know that many teachers find a balance between the two, but I tend to get distracted and waste time. I am requesting your honest feedback. If I were to keep more to myself, would I be shooting myself in the foot? Has anyone tried to minimize socializing and found that it was harmful? On the flip side, does anyone largely keep to themselves and find that it helps with efficacy? Thank you all for your input.