Guest Post By Greg Boudonck
20 years ago, I had not even considered the possibility that I may become a person who works at home.
I had been involved with many types of professions from managing telemarketing operations to operating a break-press in a large metal factory.
But, I had always loved to write and I discovered that I could write and make money.
I loved the fact that I was pulling in an extra income to help buy steaks instead of hamburger.
Life fell apart in many ways all of a sudden…my 23 month old grandson was, I feel, murdered.
Because of the political stance I took, I suddenly found I had no job, and suddenly our house burned to the ground.
The pain didn’t stop…we moved to the St. Louis, Missouri area and I did attain a factory job with Nike, and the worst happened…my wife of 30 years passed away.
To battle the pain and loneliness, I wrote, and I began to make somewhat good money doing so.
Through the internet atmosphere, I met a wonderful woman who lived in Puerto Rico and invited me to take a vacation for my well-being.
Long story made short; I have lived in Puerto Rico now for approximately 6 years.
I write full time and make a good living with freelance work on top of the royalties I receive for the numerous books I have published.
But working at home has moments of loneliness.
I do miss the jokes and camaraderie of the factory. I have researched many other work-at-home individuals.
Loneliness is one of the biggest issues.
So, as a person who has had to find ways to defeat this problem, I am sharing ways to deal with loneliness when working from home. These are 22 tips for success.
These are in no particular order, and some may not reflect the loneliness issue, but they do seem to help me, and I believe they can help you too.
Ok, I know there are probably some non-coffee drinkers reading this post, so how about tea or something similar?
Maybe I do have a slight addiction issue, but coffee adds that caffeine pick-me-up and relieves some of my loneliness thoughts. That may just be psychological, but it works for me.
2: Eat A Hearty Breakfast
Medical experts have proven that depression is often accelerated from an improper diet. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can help your mind stay focused on the tasks at hand.
3: Structure Your Days
When I first freelanced from home, I had the thoughts that I can sit around in my sleep-wear until 2 in the afternoon. I did not structure my days, and I often neglected certain things like mowing the lawn or taking out the trash. I discovered that I needed to start planning my day just as if I still worked outside the home.
4: Start With The 3 S Routine
This is quite simple, and will help you feel like you are a King or Queen…Shave, Shower and then Sit.
5: Dress For Success
Back when I was managing a telemarketing operation, we used to allow the “phone jockeys” to wear casual attire. Sales were slipping and we tried a new approach. We required them to dress businesslike. Women wore dresses or slacks and a nice blouse. Men wore slacks and some even wore ties. The statistics proved that dressing up created more sales.
When you look good, you feel good. Time to quite sitting at the computer in your underwear. Put on some nice clothes and feel the difference.
6: Change Your Work Area Or Desk
Just simply rearranging your work area can change your attitude. Move your desk, your chair and some of the pictures.
7: Change of Scenery
Every once in awhile, I just cruise to an internet cafe or Burger King. The change of scenery helps the loneliness attitude, and sometimes there is some social interaction.
8: Meet With Other Home-Based Workers
Find, or set up a system where you can have weekly or bi-weekly meetings with other home workers. It can be through Skype or Go-To-Meeting. It is a great way that all can share their issues and help each other.
9: Pick Up The Phone
Just call a friend or family member and talk for a little while. This is a great way to get that loneliness problem out of your mind.
10: Get A Pet
A dog or a cat, or even a parrot can help alleviate the feelings of loneliness. Personally, we have 2 dogs that bring a smile to my face often.
It has become a huge phenomenon in many cities. Building owners have set up cubicles in which freelancers and home-based entrepreneurs can rent. It is similar to working in an office with other people, but you are managing your own business, but still have that feeling of togetherness.
12: Take A Vacation
We all need a vacation at times. Be sure and schedule vacations on a normal basis. Just because you work at home does not mean vacations stop. If nothing else, find a nearby bed & breakfast and stay a few days.
As a matter of fact, I believe it is time we go stay at El Escondido.
13: Buy A Bicycle And Use It
Many of us that work at home do not get the exercise we need on top of the social interaction. Try buying a bicycle and going riding. You will see people and get the exercise you need.
14: Your Talk-With Person
It could be a mentor or an accountability partner, but just find that one person you can contact when you are lonely or depressed. Make it a mutual system…they call you when they are down and vice-versa.
15: Skype Someone
Earlier, I mentioned calling someone…but Skype adds that face-to-face interaction. So if you don’t have a Skype account, make one and find friends and family who do too.
I often take a break and reflect on my blessings. When I am feeling lonely, I reflect back on what it was like working for hours in a factory for less pay and more stress than working at home. Just look at the blessings instead of the cursing.
17: Reward Yourself
It can help a lot just with simple little rewards when you finish a task. A chocolate bar or ice cream cone are my favorite rewards.
18: Join Professional Associations
There are many professional associations that give you an opportunity to interact with like-minded people. Some do cost dues, but it can be well worth the investment.
19: Music Or Radio
Just have light music or radio playing in the background. Just having voices in the air can take those lonely feelings away.
20: Take A Walk
It is good exercise like the bicycle tip, and by walking you will most likely see other people unless you are in a super remote location.
21: Take Short Breaks
Working on a computer for long periods of time can be hard on your eyes and your emotional well-being. It has been discovered that just taking short breaks every 20-30 minutes can enliven you. It doesn’t have to be a long break, just walk away from the computer for 1 minute or so.
22: It Is Called Social Media For A Reason
You have Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and Twitter, but you are feeling lonely. Instead of just using those social media outlets for business, try using them for what they are meant to be…social outlets.
Try being social for a short time, and then go back to work.
Feelings of loneliness is one of the biggest issues those of us working from home face. I do believe these tips can help you lose some of those feelings.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips you would like to add?
Just post any and all comments below, and have a great day!
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About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full-time freelance writer and book author. You have probably read many of his articles either ghostwritten or in his name. You can find his books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. Be sure and visit Greg’s website which is LancerLife.com.