How To Overcome Feelings Of Isolation When Working From Home

Working from home can be great.  You don’t need to go out in the rush hour traffic to get to an office.  You can set your own hours and work at your own pace.  However, working from home may give you the feeling of being isolated.  There may be times when you find the silence from working by yourself deafening.  Sitting and working in front of your computer all day may begin to drive you “nuts”.

When you worked in an office you had people to talk with, lunches to enjoy with colleagues and a busy atmosphere.  When you work alone at home you may not come in contact with any other people on a daily basis.  You may have a spouse or children at home, but most of us need more contact with people then just our immediate family all the time.

When you have a feeling of isolation you may encounter some mental changes.  Whereas you were once excited about running your home based business now you find your focus slipping.  You may be missing the contact with your former work colleagues and you may be missing the simple everyday conversations.

Working from home was not meant to make you feel isolated.  You need to find a way to get rid of this problem so you can be more productive and enjoy the challenges of working at home.

Here are some tips for elevating the isolation problem when you work alone from home.

  1. Get out of the house.  When you worked in an office you had regular breaks and also time for lunch.  When you are working from home give yourself one or two breaks plus a lunch hour.  Take a short walk around the block.  Go for a stroll in the park.  Run a short errand.  Working from home gives you the luxury of running errands in the middle of the day.  If you have children at home take them out for some play time.
  1. Use Skype and Windows Live to see and chat with the people who are important in your life.  You can still connect with family and friends even if an in person visit is not practical at this time.
  1. Enjoy having lunch at a restaurant with family or friends.  This gives you a chance to get out of the house and enjoy a good meal and good company while catching up on the latest changes or events in their lives.
  1. Separate your home life and your work life.  This can be as simple as posting your business hours on a sign and hanging it on the door to your office.  When your office door is closed and you are working let the family know you should only be interrupted in the event of an emergency.  One of the first things you should institute when you begin working from home are regular work hours.
  1. Get out and network.  Interact with other business professionals at the local Chamber of Commerce events.  When there are professional conferences in your area related to your line of business register and attend the conferences.

If you want to retain your sanity and be able to work at  your fullest potential when you work from home, you will need to make the effort to stay in contact with other people.