By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger for Ravishly.
I’ve worked from home full-time or mostly full-time for the past 5 years now. When I tell people about my work situation, their first reaction is often, “I’m so jealous! I wish I could hang out at home all day.” And yeah, many parts of working from home are pretty sweet, but truth be told, this lifestyle seriously skews your view of reality. Over the course of months and years of working from home, many odd habits and quirky routines start to feel totally normal. Here are a few of them:
1. Viewing pants as “totally optional.”
When you work at home, alone, pants are most certainly not required. You might even find you do your best work without them. Unfortunately, this is not a generally accepted view in society.
2. Getting out of bed 5 minutes before you need to be at work.
The ability to walk 15 feet from your bedroom to your office at the beginning of your workday, often with a toothbrush still dangling out of your mouth, is both a blessing and a curse. It lets you optimise sleep time and completely removes the stress of a morning commute, but it also makes you forget how long it takes to actually get ready and go other places. I can wake up 10 minutes before I need to be at my dentist appointment across town at rush hour, right? WRONG.
3. Talking to yourself — at LENGTH.
I think most people talk to themselves occasionally, whether it’s a quick pep talk before a job interview or a to-do list muttered to yourself on the way to the post office. But when you work from home, those fleeting moments of self-talk often become full-blown conversations. “Have you come around to Bernie Sanders yet?” I’ll ask myself. “Well, I’m honestly torn because I love his values but I still feel a strong allegiance to Hillary,” I’ll say. And on and on it goes.
4. Taking showers in the middle of the day, just because.
The hardest thing about transitioning to an in-office job after working from home for a long time? Not being able to tell your boss, “I’m gonna take a quick shower to clear my head” after a stressful team meeting.