June 5, 2017
To some, especially if you’re introverted, working in isolation may seem like a dream come true. Whether you finally have the chance to work remotely or you’re doing the freelance hustle, nothing’s better than staying in bed to do your work, right?
While it may seem ideal, this can lead to a lonely and unfulfilling life. Ever felt like every day repeated itself for weeks on end? Try feeling like that when you hardly get the chance to leave the house.
Isolating yourself isn’t a good idea, even while you’re working. You may think you’re focused, but loneliness can have a terrible effect on your work.
One of the benefits of working in isolation is that you don’t have to adhere to a corporate process at every moment. This especially counts if you’re working freelance.
However, you can run into problems if you don’t develop your own process for dealing with problems. If it’s just you for yourself, you can easily get overwhelmed at the amount of work you have to do.
Especially if all of your work is on a tight deadline, you may experience fear or anxiety at what needs to be done, which is counterproductive to actually doing it.
It’s obvious that you need some kind of process. The great thing about working in isolation is that you can approach a process however you’d like.
When you’re working alone without anyone directing you, it’s very easy to throw too much of yourself into a process and start analyzing every little thing. After all, you want it to be perfect for your client, right?
This isn’t an effective way to approach your work because you’ll get bogged down. Overanalyzing every word, every line of code, or every brushstroke will just add more work for you to do.
Overanalyze and you’ll never get any work done.
The easiest way to avoid working in isolation is to work together – literally!
In a setup made for coworking, you’ll share an office space, whether owned by a member of the group or a community office space.
From there, whatever rules you’ve made for your own work process apply! You’re working in a group rather than in isolation. Since most of you will be working on individual projects, you’ll get to take advantage of the socialization benefits of an active work family. At the same time, you can disregard any corporate pressure and complaints that your office-worker friends have.
This can help motivate you to actually work, as well. If everyone around you is working, you might find that you’re more productive.
When you’re working in isolation, it’s difficult to meet new people. If you don’t have a working family, who can you turn to? Regardless of your hobbies or what you’re interested in, you’re almost certain to find a Meetup group focused toward that.
Regardless of your hobbies or what you’re interested in, you’re almost certain to find a Meetup group focused toward that.
It’s also possible that you’ll find a work-related meetup, either for networking or coworking.
Most of the time, it’s free to attend a group (apart from group dues, which may be waived for new members and aren’t any more than a couple of dollars), and it’s a great way to meet people who you connect with.
When you’re working in isolation or freelance, it’s easy to schedule a huge block of time as “work time.”
Still, it’s important to take a break from our daily tasks and step away from the computer to get some fresh air.
Schedule a solid block for lunchtime, and invite a friend to come with you! Maybe you’ll have the chance to get together with other freelancers to discuss your days.
This can give you a sense of camaraderie and work with a group, even as you’re typing away in PJs.
Let’s focus this one toward our friends working remotely for a company. Even though your position is remote, you’re still employed through a corporation or a business.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can’t head into the office at all. You’re running your show, so you can pop into the office to get the social interaction you need.
If you work remotely, your coworkers will be happy to see their team member.
If you work freelance, all hope isn’t lost! There’s a possibility you can find a co-work space to meet other remote and freelance workers.
If you want something a little more grown up than your neighborhood Starbucks to work at, you may want to try taking a visit to your local library.
Libraries have the benefit of being quiet as well as being hubs of information for absolutely anything you need.
They may not seem like the most social environments at first, but who knows who you’ll meet? From other remote workers to students studying, you’ll be surprised at who you can find!
Additionally, libraries are awesome places to find out information about social events. Most libraries host groups devoted to particular hobbies.
Even when you’re working in isolation, the importance of freelancing doesn’t go away. Even though it’s more feasible than ever to work remotely, there’s a chance that could mean that networking is needed more than ever.
Networking can help you not only in the job department but socially. It’s more important than ever to unplug and work on honing our social skills, so don’t let industry events and mixers fall to the wayside.
You’ll get the chance to connect with other freelancers or remote workers as peers, and you may even find a new mentor who can help you up your dream job’s ladder.
Just because you work remotely or freelance doesn’t mean that you have to spend your days in isolation. Interaction with other people is important, and sometimes it’s possible to forget that it isn’t just you against the world.
Humans are social creatures, and you won’t win any battles by fighting that. Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to make sure you get the social interaction you need.
Start with WorkSocial. Our coworking office can put you in contact with fellow freelancers, letting you kick isolation to the curb once and for all.
Questions regarding solutions for freelance work? Ready to beat your lonely workday? Feel free to reach out to WorkSocial today.