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.
Consider renting a desk
Just because you’re self-employed doesn’t mean that you have to work from home. There are now plenty of offices that offer freelancers and start-ups the opportunity to rent a single desk space in an office. Co-working spaces like these offer you the best of both worlds, office buddies and autonomy.
If you don’t want the extra expense of renting a desk, then committing to working remotely on one or more day each week can help to get you out of the house and speaking to others. It is highlighted that working remotely can increase productivity by 16%, so not only can you enjoy other’s company but also benefit from increased productivity. Some big cities have co-working spaces that are available to use ad-hoc when you buy a day pass, or you may prefer to work in a café, or even outdoors.
Fill your calendar with local and industry events to grow your business contact book, add variation to your work life, learn, be inspired, and seek out new opportunities. Look out for local and industry networking events, training sessions and conferences.
Professional platforms like LinkedIn can help you to connect with other self-employed people and professionals within your industry. It is the perfect place for starting and joining in with industry discussions, asking questions, and discovering both online and offline social events. Find out more about the advantages of getting started with LinkedIn here.
Get a pet
Pets make excellent companions for those that work from home. Owning a dog also provides an excellent excuse and motivation for taking a breather away from your desk and getting outside for some fresh air a couple of times a day.
Incorporating a few of these ideas into your work life can help you to feel more connected and motivated in your work.
During the times when you can’t help but feel isolated, remind yourself of all the advantages of working for yourself and try to embrace the solitude.
If you are a remote worker and need help finding a co-working space, or help getting organised by sorting out your filing and decluttering your office, contact your local Pink Spaghetti office today to discuss your requirements with our friendly team.