Working from home has plenty of perks. You get to be your own boss, take a break when you most need one, wear what you please, and make yourself the most amazing cooked lunches; but it does mean sacrificing the office environment.
Even those that thrive on their own company can find that their home office becomes a little too quiet and boring at times.
The good news is that working from home needn’t be lonely, but it’s up to you to make sure that you’re putting aside time and making the effort to be sociable.
As well as ensuring that you keep a healthy work/life balance and spend plenty of quality time with your friends and family, you should also take steps to make your working hours feel less isolated.
Whilst working alone can be great for your concentration, feeling disconnected can be demoralising, lowering your mood, enthusiasm and productivity. Staying connected and speaking with others, even whilst still working from home, can be inspiring, give you a new perspective, improve your knowledge and be highly motivating.
Here are five ideas to help you to beat the isolation blues.