I am a classic extrovert. I crave conversation, real human interaction, and working in person with people. I also work from home. And this has been a hard for me because I am at my happiest when I am interacting with people. I’m at my lowest when I am isolated.
What I wish I’d known walking into my career is how lonely it would be. I work one on one with people, often having very little interaction with other people, and I spend most of my time staring at a screen, answering emails.
It does not help at all that my chosen hobbies of writing, blogging, and crocheting are also solitary activities.
So how do I stay happy and motivated when I have a desire to be with people and there are no people to engage with?
- I almost always have a podcast going. Someone just has to talk to me, and whether it is a facebook live from a year ago, or a podcast or a YouTube video, I need something yammering at me to stave off the loneliness.
- I schedule a break that makes me interact with humans. I have started attending classes at my gym, and this has been a big boost to my happiness and productivity. Yes, I’m working out, but I also get to talk to other people, and be the sort of person who radiates light in the way I want to for the rest of the world.
- I reach out. I spend at least part of my day talking to friends. I have a solid group of close friends whom I can reach out to and connect with, and usually once a day, I have a way to connect with other people.
- I work at a coffee shop or the library. Sometimes, just being around other people, even if it doesn’t involve talking is enough.
All of these require action. I can’t just let the world come to me, I have to go to it. I have to make the effort to reach out and talk to people, and in doing so, I boost my own happiness and thus, enjoy my work and hobbies more.
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