to Avoid Isolation in Your Office
Sure, it's great to be able to work
at home alone, wearing those same
tattered sweatpants every day of
the week. But when you find that
you're talking to yourself or inviting
the UPS delivery guy in for coffee,
you know it's time to take steps
to reconnect with the outside world.
1. Fess up to your need for human
contact. Just because you're going
stir crazy doesn't mean that you
made the wrong decision when you
decided to work from home - just
that you need to make some changes.
2. Make lunch plans with friends
or colleagues who work in your profession.
If possible, arrange to meet with
them the same day every week for
a little socializing and networking.
3. Pick up the phone and call some
of your colleagues, especially if
you have any who also work at home.
They may be in the same boat.
4. Send e-mail to friends and colleagues;
it's the cost-free way to keep in
touch, even with people halfway
across the globe. Just don't forget
to make some plans to meet people
in person, as well.
5. Join a professional organization,
then get out and attend any classes,
lectures or social events the organization
6. Consider working in an office
environment one day a week. If you're
a high-tech telecommuter, arrange
with your boss to work at the office
occasionally. If you are a freelancer,
see if any of your clients would
like you to work at their offices
7. Get out of the house, even if
only for a walk around the neighborhood
or a trip to the store. Don't let
yourself fall into the trap of spending
all day, every day, inside your
8. If the above aren't enough to
keep you feeling plugged in, consider
forming a business partnership with
one or more colleagues; perhaps
sharing your goals and interests
with someone else will provide the
stimulation you need.
Plug in at your local coffee house
If you have a legal pad, laptop,
or handheld device, take it along.
You can get real work done while
you enjoy the company of others
- maybe even other folks in your
field. When you become a regular,
people do remember who you are.
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