8 Ways to End The Loneliness of Working From Home
1. Start and end your day with people: There are plenty of options for a social fix before and after work. In the morning, attend a bootcamp class with your friends, join a jogging club, or have coffee with a fellow entrepreneur. In the evening, have dinner with your housemates/friends/family, host a weekly games night, go for a long walk with someone you love, or find an activity you enjoy, such as social dancing. It’s best to make these meetings routine so you can socialize without extra work. No entrepreneur needs the responsibility of more planning.
2. Set a boundary around your work hours: It’s hard to be social if you’re in front of your computer from dawn ‘till dusk (so many entrepreneurs do this!). Create a schedule that gives you room for life outside of work. Even if you get 10% less done each day, you will significantly improve your quality of life.
3. Pick up a social-heavy hobby: This can make your weekends a social extravaganza. Join a hiking group, take a pottery class, sign up for improv workshops, or participate in a Meetup group for wine-lovers. Whatever it is, make sure it gives plenty of time for conversation and
connection with fellow participants.
4. Plan Social Getaways Once Per Quarter: Whether it’s a weekend visiting a good friend or a trip away with awesome people (check out the retreats I host at www.packretreats.com), plan these well ahead of time. I suggest my clients schedule their quarterly getaways at the beginning of the year. This will give you something to look forward to, as well as help you avoid burnout, support your self-care and keep your creativity flowing.
5. Find an online community: A quick Google search of “online community for [your focus area here]” will return good prospects. I also highly recommend my virtual coworking community at
www.thethrivingcreator.com In The Thriving Creator, you co-work alongside other awesome entrepreneurs from around the world.
6. Co-work in person: Coordinate coworking at a local cafe with other entrepreneurs in your network. Make sure to keep meeting times consistent so people can plan for them.
7. Work with accountability partners: Find someone you can check in with a few times a week about your progress. You can do this in person or over Skype (seeing this other person, rather than just hearing them, will help fight loneliness). If you want best practices and training on how to maximize the potential of your accountability partnerships, check out my accountability training.
8. Collaborate: If you’re always working solo, consider a collaboration with someone you admire. Host a workshop with that person, edit each other’s work, or create a podcast that supports
both your businesses.
About the Author: Megan Taylor Morrison is a creative entrepreneur and business coach based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She loves travel, social dancing, and watching her clients build flourishing companies. Cowork alongside Megan each week in her virtual coworking community (www.thethrivingcreator.com) or learn more about Megan’s work at www.megantaylormorrison.com.