Avoiding the work from home blues is a skill you’ll absolutely need if you plan on working from home long-term. Don’t get us wrong, working from home has serious perks (and we love it). But once the excitement wears off and you’ve been doing it for a while, it can be quite isolating at times.
There are plenty of articles out there about how to work from home more efficiently. Set an alarm, stick to a schedule, get ready like you’re going to work outside the house, etc.
However, there are times in the past several years where I’ve suddenly realized I haven’t left the house in 4 days. Where are the articles on that?!
When you’re running your own business, it’s easy to get consumed in your work and goals. It’s easy to fall into working from the time you wake up ’til well past when the sun goes down.
If you’re over worked day after day for several days without leaving the house, you might find yourself feeling crabby, frustrated, stuck, etc. You might find yourself feeling a bit stir crazy, the work from home blues.
Here are some tricks we’ve learned throughout the years that will help you avoid the work from home blues:
Change up the scenery
Changing your scenery is the easiest way to get out of your everyday routine. It’s definitely more effort to get ready and go work somewhere than it is to stay at home in your PJ’s. Even if you only get out of the house to work once per week, it helps in avoiding those work from home blues!
Work from a coffee shop
No matter where you find yourself in the country, you can usually find a coffee shop. My favorite thing about working from coffee shops is it feels like a special treat. Get yourself a latte and spend the day working in a new place!
The down side is that coffee shops are usually loud. Make sure to bring some headphones and have music or white noise to play while you work.
Consider a co-working space
Another option for changing up your scenery is to consider a co-working space. A co-working space is basically a building full of desks, conference tables, and workspaces where people pay a membership to use the space to work.
The great thing is usually you can pay for a day, a few days during the month, or a full time membership. Even if you’re traveling, there are co-working spaces that belong to a greater network with co-working spaces scattered across the country that you can use with your membership.
If you’re only looking to work out of the house 1-2 days per week, though, going to a coffee shop is probably a cheaper option.
Go to your local library
An even cheaper option? Using the local library is FREE! It’s quiet, plus you don’t feel obligated to purchase a coffee drink in order to work there. And typically, there are private rooms you can reserve if you have conference calls, need to do any video recording, etc.
Take scheduled breaks
If you find yourself working on your business at all hours of the day, scheduling time in your calendar for breaks is necessary. Block off time during your week for fun activities or just getting outside. Every. Single. Day!
This may seem like a no brainer, but it is amazing how getting outside for 30 minutes can change your entire outlook on your day.
One afternoon toward the beginning of my work from home journey, I found myself getting the work from home blues. Which also meant I was getting frustrated with everything I was working on. I had a bad attitude that I just couldn’t shake, but I kept pushing through my work day anyway. It’s what I thought I needed to do.
Dan politely suggested that I just go take a walk and that I’d feel better. It didn’t matter how polite he was about it, though. I was mad he was even suggesting it. I was in a bad mood, remember?! But I ended up going anyway.
Spending 30 minutes in the woods was the best thing I could’ve done! Thank you, Dan (and Mother Nature)! It cleared my head and my mood. I was so much more productive, not to mention a much happier me, for the remainder of the day!
It seems so simple, but I’ll never forget how just taking a walk can have such a powerful affect!
Go run errands
This doesn’t seem very exciting, but running errands is a good way to break up your day, get out of the house, and believe it or not, avoid the work from home blues.
If you are your own boss, give yourself permission to shop for groceries or get gas during the day. And if you aren’t working for yourself, use your lunch break to run some errands for a change of scenery.
Go out and see people
Last but not least, go out and see people! This could be anytime during the day or evening. Sign up for an exercise class, a volunteer opportunity, or see what kinds of clubs are in the area. Whatever interests you!
This will not only get you out of the house, but it’ll get you talking with people in person!
And if you’re looking for more of a virtual community while you’re traveling, here are more great ideas for you!