Did you connect with another human today?
More people than ever before are working from home, thanks to advances in technology and strong internet and WiFi networks. We are no longer tethered to a specific office building, whether you are running your own business or working for someone else.
But we are ultimately all social beings, who thrive when we stay connected to the wider world. Even the introverts among us, like me!
There's a lot of hard work and focus needed when you're working for yourself, especially when you are starting a new business or trying to grow an existing one. Head down and hustling before partners, kids and pets arrive to distract us. It's easy to become professionally isolated without colleagues there every day to bounce ideas off, and when you spend a lot of your free time working on your business it's possible to become personally isolated too.
I loved working in an office every day and the feeling of family when you are part of a great team. I miss the chance to share some inside jokes over a cup of coffee or grab lunch together, and when you work on your own at home, there's no one to suggest popping to the pub for a quick one at the end of the working day.
Does this make us more productive? Possibly but it can also be a lot more lonely. Cabin fever isn't just for those of us who actually live in cabins.
Here are some of my ideas on how to deal with working alone but not lonely, I'd love to hear yours.
Working alone doesn't mean being lonely. Stay connected, stay focused and stay busy. I'd love to stay in touch with you. Join my mailing list here: