It has its ups and downs. While the ups of working from home are really big perks, it can be lonely. Period. The ups are no traffic, no gas, no rushing, no work clothes. The list is long, really long.
Now let’s talk about the downs. They are few, but big ones. Day in and day out alone. Some may adjust, some may not. I am one of those that really struggled. I was day in day out, just me and my computer. I missed so much the interactions of people, live people.
Here are a few ideas I came up with over the year that helped ease the sense of isolation. Pick and choose what works for you. It will be different for each of us.
Find a workspace away from home
Be sure to find a space with free Wifi. Everyone needs the internet and power outlet. Be sure there is a table you can use for your laptop too. Secondly, your out of home space needs to be around others. Possibilities are coffee houses such as Starbucks, or even an independent coffee house in your neighborhood. Try a few to see what suits you best. Before long the employees there will know you and be calling you by name. Let that idea grow. So will the other regulars there. And there you are. Alone but not alone. You may surprise yourself how productive you become.
Yep, it’s your online Tribe.
A perfect first step for those of us who are more on the shy side, there are thousands of online groups and communities for remote workers. You just need to take the steps to make it happen. Don’t forget to try apps like meetup groups. You choose your interests so you will already have much in common. Before you know it, you will be making lunch plans with these new friends and you will wonder what took you so long.