Working from home can make you feel isolated, especially if you are a social person. Perhaps you enjoy brainstorming and bouncing ideas off others. You may find you need to talk about your goals, progress and future plans. Lack of contact with others can result in a dip in your creativity and productivity, making you feel less motivated. However, there are ways to get in touch with others to inspire you even when working from home.
Try joining a group that meets regularly
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If you are a freelance writer you may get the boost you need from talking to others about the things they are working on.
Attending the book launch of another writer can inspire you to get your own work published whether that be a hard copy book, e-book, blog, in a magazine or online. You will get information and the opportunity to share some of your experiences.
Take advantage of workshops
Watch out for seminars, workshops and short courses which may be held in your area. Not only will you learn from the content of the workshop or seminar but you will get the opportunity to network. Take plenty of business cards with you to hand around.
Join an online group
There are online groups for people working from home which provide some social interaction. Online communities develop using social media and blogs so take advantage of these, but don't allow yourself to get distracted from your main aim.
Find someone who is positive
You may know someone else who is working from home who would benefit from regular contact.
Even if the field they work in is not related to yours, their enthusiasm will rub off. Even if your positive friend does not work from home, you can discuss goals and how you are progressing in your work. If possible catch up in person on a regular basis. Otherwise set up a time when you will have a conversation on the phone each week
Take your laptop to the library or local cafe
Having people around you may provide the boost you need.
Sitting in a library provides the opportunity to use books and magazines for some on the spot research as an alternative to online. Being in a busy cafe environment can provide inspiration if you are getting stuck.
If you do choose to leave the house, just make sure you don't allow yourself to be distracted.
Some people are loners and are quite happy that working from home means they aren't expected to make small talk over morning tea. Others really miss interacting with coworkers and need to find ways to deal with feeling isolated.
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