by Leo Wiles
12 January 2018
Being able to hang out in your own home a lot is one of the perks of working for yourself. Alongside, of course, the zero commute, easy access to the kettle and no boss breathing down your neck. But then you realise the last time you had a face-to-face conversation was with your dog. You have set a hard and fast rule that you don’t go out when it’s raining. You can’t remember the last time you set foot in a supermarket – why bother, with online shopping? Oh, and brushing your hair has become optional.
Sure, you may kid yourself that staying holed up in the house to work never hurt Emily Dickinson, JD Salinger, Cormac McCarthy, Elena Ferrante. But if that thought has even crossed your mind, we’re here to burst your cosy little reclusive bubble with a reality check: it’s time to get out more.
Take our quick quiz to determine whether you’re in danger of never being seen again. Give yourself one point per bad habit.
If you answered yes to three or more, perhaps 2018 should be the year you claw your way back to civilisation? Baby steps. You might want to leave the house to work elsewhere. Like a cafe. A library. Co-working space. Or a friend’s couch (even better if your friend also works from home).
What’s your tell-tale sign that you need to get out more?