Ahh, working from home. No colleagues to crash your cubicle. No ringing phones to disrupt your workday. No boss to bust in on you while you’re finishing up a task. In short, it’s just you and your computer. All day. Every day. While that can sound heavenly at first, almost every remote worker can, at some point, experience moments of isolation and feel the need to stay connected.
The good news is that it’s very easy to stay connected when you work from home—just follow these tips.
1. Get dressed.
Sure, the unsold benefit of working from home is that you really wear whatever you want (woohoo, yoga pants!), but psychologically, not wearing “real” clothes can affect your desire to get outside and get some fresh air.
So make it a point every morning to shower and get dressed as if you were going to report at a real office. Being dressed will give you some mental motivation to go out, even if it’s just a trip to the supermarket or taking the woofie for a walk.
2. Switch up your space.
You see all those people on their laptops at your local coffeehouse? Probably some of them are remote workers, just like you. The next time you’re in line to get your salted caramel macchiato, strike up a conversation to see who’s working remotely.
Then, get out of your home office at least once in a while and work there, or in another area, like a coworking space. The change of scenery can boost your productivity and also help you make some real-life remote friends.
3. Get social.
Use your social media profiles to find fellow telecommuters who also might be looking to forge new friendships. You can meet IRL or even connect virtually—the point is to stay connected to the outside world beyond your remote job.
4. Put it on your calendar.
It’s easy to brush off meeting your buds for lunch if it’s just in your head. But if you make it a point to put it in your calendar and block off the time, chances are you’ll be more likely to keep your plans.
5. Go to a networking event.
If you think that networking events are just to score professional contacts, think again. Networking events can be a great way to find remote workers, just like yourself, and share tips and tricks on how to be successful at it. Try to make at least one new non-job- related contact while you’re at the event, and then meet up for lunch or drinks. You’ll be surprised how much you have in common, and how you can both benefit from an evening out.
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