Work-from-home people know it all too well. The first few months, working from home seems like the dream job. No more office politics and an overbearing boss. No more of the stress of getting stuck in traffic and being late for work.
Then reality sets in. When you have a break from work, there’s no one to talk to. No office banter and colleagues to share your stories with, no rushing to get a ride or driving, no deadlines to meet and reports to make. What you thought you’ve gotten rid of suddenly becomes appealing.
The feeling of isolation is an insidious process. It creeps up on you unobtrusively and before you know, you’ve lost the zeal for meeting deadlines, achieving your goal and satisfying your clients.
All is not lost, however. It’s not depression (not yet, anyway) and you don’t have to go to expensive shrinks to tell you what to do. Here are tips for dealing with isolation. [Read more…]