Is isolation making you wonder if it’s time to leave your home office? Working from home can sometimes be isolating, making it hard to stay motivated. I recently mentioned that shared office space can help. If there’s a solution like that in your community, go for it. But here are some other tips for dealing with home office isolation:
Nine tips for dealing with home office isolation
- Go for a walk. Get out every day.
- Buy a light book. Reset your routines and perhaps your mood.
- Create some routines. Buy a latte every morning at the nearest coffee shop. Go out for lunch. Take a lunchtime yoga class. Go for a jog. Incorporate some of the structure you’d have in an office setting.
- Rent cubicle space. I’ve seen cubicle rentals on Craigslist for $10 an hour.
- Share an office. I know a group of medical professionals who rent out the receptionist’s desk because they have no use for it.
- Work from the library. Take your laptop and grab a desk.
- Work from a coffee shop — lattes, WiFi and lots of small business owners.
- Share another home office. I know a couple of graphic designers who share a home office. It helps them feel like they’re in a regular office environment.
- Invent work that keeps you out of the home. I teach university-level courses. I have friends who teach at community centres. Come up with ways to get out of your home office and get paid for it.
Update: Lifehacker has picked up the above post on home office isolation. One commenter there wanted to know why on earth I’d suggest renting a cube for $10 an hour. If you’re the kind of person who can’t stand working in a coffee shop and you can’t afford to rent an office, renting a cubicle for $10 for a couple of hours once a week or once a month may be well worth it. If the cube comes with free local phone access, you may also save on cell phone charges.