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10 Tips That Make Working From Home So Much Better

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Get Out and Get Social

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Staying social is important when you work from home. Creating a walking group with other people that work from home is a great way to hang out with your friends and get exercise at the same time. BakiBG/Getty Images

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Working from home poses different challenges to different personality types. Introverted types could go months without communicating with co-workers beyond email and Slack. But if you are a social butterfly, you might find that you miss the face-to-face feedback and water cooler conversation of office life. To avoid feeling isolated and stifled, you need to devise strategies to get your social fix away from the office.

The technological reality is that you can continue to communicate with the standard office tools — email, Skype, phone and videoconferencing — from home. But if you really miss the personal interaction and you don't need to be home all the time, try to schedule a lunch or two a week with a work colleague or another work-from-home friend.

There are also organizations in most major cities that offer shared office space for rent on a monthly or weekly basis. Coworking spaces can be a good option if you need access to fax machines, copiers and other equipment you may not have at home. Even a coffee machine.

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