But, coming back to reality is always tough. And this week has proved especially busy, so when I looked at my calendar Wednesday morning and saw that I had a lunch meeting out of the office with a new partner my initial reaction was, “Oh no, I can’t afford two hours out of my day for this.”
But I really wanted to cultivate this new partnership and it’s hard to turn down lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, so I put on a skirt and blouse and went.
Most days I spend lunch at my desk or grab a quick bite standing over the kitchen counter. Because I work from home I have certain advantages. I work in comfy clothes and I get to change laundry or be here for the repair person who has scheduled a four-hour window for their arrival. But what it doesn’t give me is much face-to-face interaction with colleagues or other businesspeople, so this lunch was a rare opportunity to get out and be part of the world.
And it was great. Peggy and I hit it off and had a nice lunch and on the drive home I realized I needed to do more of this. In her Forbes blog post, staff columnist Jacquelyn Smith gives tips for work from home success. One of them is Get out of the house. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business meeting or a walk around the block. Reader’s Digest suggests your will feel invigorated if you:
- Take a short walk around the block
- Go out for a drink
- Go for a drive
I’d add the following to this list:
- Attend a networking reception
- Have lunch with another business professional
Do you find yourself getting cabin fever if you don’t get out of the office?
What are your strategies to get out of the office?
What tips do you have to ensure work from home success?