I wanted to quickly share that I’ve been quoted by author Simon Salt in the new book Out of Office: How to Work from Home, Telecommute, or Workshift Successfully. I have been working from home for over a decade and have faced many, many challenges over the years. Although it can be tough I appreciate the opportunity to continually tweak and shift my work from home experience in order to be as creative and productive as possible.
I was quoted in the book about the difficulties of isolation. Here’s what I originally shared with the author when I was consulted for the book:
- Get involved in collaborative projects. I seek out short-term projects that I can do in collaboration with others. These often aren’t the most lucrative in terms of payment but they are creaively fulfilling and intellectually stimulating. These can be online or in-person projects and both seem to work equally well even though with online projects I’m still working from home.
- Attend networking events. This is a great way to meet people from a variety of different backgrounds and be challenged to think in new ways about my work. Conferences and small business classes offer something comparable.
- Actively engage in an out-of-home social life. This links to another problem I’ve had which is that I tend to be something of a workaholic who doens’t take enough downtime since work is always there at home to be done. Making sure that I’m social out of the house gives me downtime and ends theisolation so that I can be fresh for work the next day.