Avoiding Boredom When Working Alone

Working alone can be brilliant. If you’ve worked with some people that you don’t get on with in the past or people that you clash with and don’t work well with, then working alone can feel like a welcome change. You never need to worry about making small talk with people that you’ve got nothing in common with. But nor do you have to worry about being distracted by idle chatter and time wasters. Alone, you can focus. You can work more productively. Working on your own also gives you the freedom to do things your own way in your own time.

Of course, working on your own could also mean that you’ve either launched your own businesses or decided to work as a freelancer. Either way, you’ve got a chance to make money for yourself, working flexibly and creating your own work. It’s a fantastic opportunity and can complement your lifestyle exceptionally well. It’s a great choice for working parents and those that struggle to find flexibility as an employee.

But, it’s not all fantastically positive. Many people struggle to work from home on their own. They procrastinate and put things off. They become distracted easily and find themselves wasting time. Many gain weight through frequent snack breaks and a lack of activity. On top of all of that, most people that work alone at some point start to feel lonely. If you are used to working around other employees and customers, whether you got on with them or not, suddenly working on your own isn’t always the ideal solution that it seemed. It can be quiet, and boring. Getting up, going through the motions and doing the same things every day, on your own, can quickly start to get boring and the glamour soon wears off.

Being bored and lonely usually means that you are unable to work to the best of your ability. You might find that you hit a creative block with no one to bounce ideas off, that you start to miss working with other people and that you struggle to concentrate. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of things that you can do to ease the boredom, inspire yourself, boost your creativity, and work to your best.

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Outsource the Boring Jobs

Working alone doesn’t mean that you have to do all of the work for yourself. We’ve all got jobs that we don’t enjoy doing. Things that seem like a waste of our time. Time that we would rather spend on growing our businesses and coming up with new ideas. If there are jobs that you don’t enjoy, that don’t inspire you and feel like a waste of your time, stop doing them. If you hate answering the phones, use telephone answering services to do it for you. If you don’t like social media work, hire a VA to do most of it for you. As soon as you start to make enough money, consider outsourcing some work. This can even be cost effective if you use your time well.

Get Out of the House

Equally, working from home doesn’t mean that you have to do all of your work in your house. Working within the same four walls every day, on your own is always going to get boring. You might also find it hard to focus when you are surrounded by home distractions. It’s undoubtedly easier to procrastinate when there are plenty of other things that need doing.

Many people find that they work more productively, feel happier, and get more done with their time if they work outside out the house occasionally. Work from local libraries, cafes, and even bars. Hire a coworking desk if you want an alternative space for most of your work. If the weather is nice, head to your local park when you don’t need wifi.

Chat

It can be hard to keep in touch with old work friends and colleagues when you are doing different things. You might not even want to. But, it is vital that you still have people to share your life with. Make the time to catch up with friends when you can. Talk to your loved ones about any feelings of loneliness and boredom. You could even join groups online or make friends with other homeworkers on Twitter. Become involved in these communities, and you’ll always have some support and people to talk to. You might also have valuable business connections for the future.

Stick to a Working Day

You don’t have to work 9-5 by any means, but it can be a good idea to stick to a working day. To have set times where you work, and when you finish for the day. It’s also essential to take full days off away from your business. One reason we get bored when working from home is that it never seems to end. There’s always more work to do, and emails to reply to. It can feel very much like your work has become your life. Having set working hours and days can help you to avoid this, maintaining a work-life balance.

Try New Things

Working as a freelancer or running your own business might mean that you’ve committed to one line of work. Say you are a writer, you spend your days writing for clients, or for yourself. Your days are largely the same. Trying something new, perhaps writing a completely different genre, or having a go at proofreading for a while, gives you more experience and improves your skills, but it also helps to keep your mind active.

Change Your Routines

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Working the same times every day doesn’t mean that you need to stick to a routine. You probably have a set way of doing things. You might reply to emails first thing, then update your social media profiles. Then, you might spend some time working on a project, before checking analytics and updating your website. Change the order. Do things a little differently for a few days. You might even find a routine that works better for you.

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