Do I feel isolated in my home office?

Following yesterday’s post on home office isolation, a few readers wondered if I feel isolated in my home office. I don’t. At least, I don’t right now. When I first started out in consulting, I did feel isolated from time to time. However, over the years, I’ve learned to balance my week with meetings, telephone calls, email, networking events, social activities and other activities. I often collaborate with other people on projects, so I have that feeling of being part of a team, too. When I was new to working from home, I had a tendency to focus on my work and feel guilty if I took time off for mid-day social activities. Now I see those activities as part of my work-life balance. I’ve also made an effort to connect with other people who work from home, so I can share the rewards and frustrations of self-employment. But am I isolated? Not at all. Besides, I have a steady stream of emails from my Consultant Journal readers!