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10 Ideas to Help Home Based Workers Stay Motivated

If you work from home you know that sometimes it can feel a little lonely and isolated. If you are tired on not running into anyone when you get a cup of coffee, long for some human interaction, or have trouble sometimes feeling motivated, below are a few tips to help you stay on track.

1. Walk and Talks

Meet clients or do your networking over a walk instead of a cup of coffee. Give yourself a good reason to get out there and take a walk and do support your business outside of your (home) office.

2. Take sun showers or non-smoking breaks

When I was in Portland, Oregon, USA where it’s cloudy and gray most of the year I made a pact with myself to get outside for at least 15 minutes when the sun came out. Thus, "Sun Showers". This exercise can be a perfect motivator to get out of the house/office for a few minutes. If you are somewhere and there isn't sun, take a few "non-smoking breaks". Get up - move around - walk in front of the building and deep breathe. 

3. Invite a friend, associate, or client to lunch.

If you are ready for a little company  and your home office would be an acceptable place for socializing, invite someone to join you at home or in a neutral place near your home to enjoy lunch together.

4. Create a MeetUp.com group for other home-based workers.

You decide what you think would be fun to do. Happy Hours? Mastermind Groups? Business Book Reading Groups? This is a great way to connect with others who may also be facing similar challenges and have a good time. 

Or Join an existing group - Meetup.com and Craigslist.org are great places to connect.

5. Get a pet

They say that people who have pets live 5-10 years longer. I think it's the daily walks and all that unconditional love. If you are feeling all alone - find yourself a furry friend who doesn't bark much and take the edge off.

6. Take time to integrate personal phone calls or ichats or Google Hangouts.

If you are feeling alone then reach out to family or friends on a daily basis. Even 5 minutes of exchanging banter via a Google hangout will remind you that you aren't alone.

7. Make sure you get out there

If you are a people person working from home all day. GET OUT THERE! You need some social time. Make sure that you calendar time to make connections beyond technology.

8. Create a Dream Team

Find someone or a group outside your home to help you stay on track and achieve your goals. If feeling more connected to community is on your target list, find someone to help hold you accountable to this goal and Go For It!

9. Join a lunchtime group or attend some Lunch and Learns

Sometimes just being around other people is enough to make us feel like we aren't so alone. Whether you go out to your local Starbucks, attend a free presentation, or join a lunch group of some sort. Get out and try something different during lunch.

10. Join Toastmasters

If you are a people person stuck at home working and you need to be mentally stimulated or feel like you are a part of doing good in this world... Join a Toastmasters or Service Group like Rotary or the Elks or Lions and connect with others who share some of the same interest in creating community. Note: Many of these groups meet over a lunch hour.

Whatever you do remember you are only alone, until you are not. Find your own sense of balance and you’ll be back in the driver’s seat.

Do you have a tip to share? I’d love to hear it. e-mail: Contact at Zest Business Consulting dot com

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