I often turn to other people for inspiration and topics to write about. Authoring my own blog and writing for two other outlets can sometimes lead to blogger’s block. I’d like to send a shout out to Tamisha from Philly for being the spark to ignite this one.
She suggested I write about staying connected to the outside world when you work from home. Hello! Can you relate to that or what?!
This was the main reason I launched a women’s entrepreneur group – I craved human interaction. Having face time with people was one of the things I’d enjoyed in past positions, but it was something I desperately missed when I transitioned to working from home full-time.
Here are a few things you can do if you find yourself in the same situation:
1. Check out MeetUp.com
Starting your own group may not interest you at all, but there are hundreds already out there and MeetUp.com is the place to find one. It’s free to join and you have instant access to people in your area who share common interests. Instead of gravitating toward a group of folks in your industry, move outside of your comfort zone. Plant yourself down in an area you know nothing about, but have been wanting to explore.
2. Learn to be a Loner
It doesn’t always have to be about connecting with other people. Sometimes you just need to have a moment to yourself. Away from the computer. I get a royal kick out of window shopping and lunching alone. There’s no one tagging along asking, “Are you done yet?” and I’m always a cheap date. I have just enough remaining balance on a movie gift card to treat myself to a matinee. Believe me when I say, “we’re looking forward to it”.
3. Talk Instead of Type
We’ve become so accustomed to picking up our gadgets and using them as a means of sharing digital information. Take a time out from your status updates and tweets. Use the phone for what it was originally intended for – talking – to humans! You’ll be surprised by how much better you’ll feel after actually hearing LOL … IRL.
4. Get Up and Give
I know I’ve been slacking in this department. There are countless numbers of charities in need of volunteers. Think twice before writing that check. Donating your time is just as valuable.
Removing yourself from the situation (aka your home office) allows you to take a step back and reflect. When you return, you often come back to a more focused you.
This list only skims the surface. So tell me, what do you to do unplug and connect.
Donna L. Johnson, is The Unemployed Entrepreneur® and has been blogging for The Work at Home Woman since January 2010. Summary of professional experience: 15 jobs by the age of 22. Her written word hustle is a mix of business street smarts, lifestyle, and controversy. She takes a stand on things she’s passionate about without being afraid of backlash. When Donna isn’t writing, speaking, and reading, she visualizes being on the set of her dream job as a TV talk show host. Follow her journey on Twitter: @CallHerDonna.