How to avoid becoming a hermit as a remote worker
How to avoid becoming a hermit as a remote worker.
When I first left my 9-5 to become a remote worker, the one thing I was looking forward to the most was being able to work whenever and wherever I want. To get the freedom that I wasn’t able to have at my day job.
When I finally took the leap to work from home, I became so comfortable in my PJ’s that I would have to force myself to leave the house and have contact with real-life humans (aside from emails).
Being able to work from home gives you a lot of freedom, but it can also lead you to live like a hermit.
Becoming too comfortable in those PJ’s can be detrimental to your health and social life. I’ve listed a few ways you can avoid becoming a hermit as a remote worker.
Schedule a time to exercise
Creating a healthy habit is especially important when you are working solo at home because becoming too comfortable at home can take a huge toll on your body.
Sitting is the new smoking according to many researchers and not only can sitting lead to a bad back but can now have the same effects as smoking too!
The best way to combat this is to schedule a time to exercise, it could be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk every day, or joining a gym.
One of the first things I did after I started working from home is to start kickboxing. Not only did it help me become more active, but also allowed me to get my frustrations out on those heavy bags. It’s a win-win!
Make time for a friend’s night out
It is easy to be in your own little world and avoid any contact with your friends and family.
Make the effort to reach out and schedule a lunch or dinner date. Catch up on all the news you’ve missed during your moments of solitude.
This is also a great way to treat yourself to a new restaurant or to find great entertainment around town.
Find a work buddy
One of the biggest things that will be missing from transitioning to working solo is having co-workers to socialize with.
Finding a work buddy that can keep you motivated will make a huge difference in your workflow. Being able to bounce off ideas with one another and having conversations will help increase productivity.
You may even have friends that are fellow remote workers who will understand the hermit struggle. Start working with them and ask for help and support when you need it.
Working from home can be very lonely, so having a good support system with fellow remote workers can help with the struggle.
Work in a new environment: coffee shop, co-working space or travel
Take advantage that you are a remote worker- meaning you can work from wherever. Whether you choose a coffee shop, co-working space or even a new continent!
Having a new working environment will push you to explore and can help with your creativity.
One of the main reasons why I wanted to be a remote worker is to have the opportunity to travel whenever I wanted and not rely on the standard 2-week vacations that are allowed in most day jobs.
Being able to work wherever also gives you the opportunity to travel during off-peak seasons when the flights and accommodations are cheaper.
Find ways to network.
For introverts and hermits networking can be scary. It may even be the least enjoyable part of your work. Doing small talk with a bunch of strangers can be nerve-wracking. But if you change your mindset it can be extremely rewarding.
Start approaching networking as an opportunity to exchange ideas and a way to help others. I find that the more I am able to help people, the more I have received in return without even asking for anything.
In today’s world, it is so much easier to reach out to people via email, social media or an event. You can even join a conference or create your own group that will give you access to people who are in your industry.
There are so many perks to being a remote worker. You have the freedom to work in your own time and space.
However, there are also downsides such as loneliness, isolation, and lack of social interaction. That is why making time to get out of the comforts of your home will help you become more productive and have good mental health.
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