Working from home is strange. It's nice, because you can poop without shame whenever you need to, and you don't have to talk to people who might otherwise distract or annoy you. It's also incredibly isolating, and some days you feel like you might actually go mad without human interaction. In sum, sometimes working from home is the best thing in the world, and sometimes it's horrible. To ease the pain on the hard days we work-from-homers often do some pretty weird things. It might seem insane to you when you hear it, if you're an office dweller, but the more insane it is, the more it helps us feel sane. Which sounds insane, but it makes perfect sense (insanely).
It's like when you're so tired you become hyperactive. That's what doing weird stuff when you work from home is like. You're pushed to the brink, so you start acting strangely. And somehow, that's comforting. The strangest part however, is that these behaviors are pretty universal amongst work from home people. I feel like someone should do a study on this, because it seems like isolated people who don't ever interact with one another have somehow come up with the same crazy routines. Here are some mildly insane things people who work from home do.
1. One Million Face Masks
Work from home folk have one million different types of face masks, and we really do put them on all the time. Beautifying while working! Meanwhile if we happen to stumble across a recipe for a homemade mask, you best believe we're running straight for the kitchen.
2. Talking To Ourselves
Yes, we talk to ourselves. We also talk to our computers, our imaginary co-workers, coffee mugs, lunch, and anything else we interact with during the day.
3. Making Up Songs For Things
I sing my way through a lot of things, even if it's just in my head. It's all made up songs, loosely based on what I'm doing at the time. I'm singing as I type right now. Can't do that in an office now, can you?
4. Developing First Name Basis Relationships With Delivery Guys
If you work from home and don't have a joke-for-joke rapport with your USPS guy you're doing it wrong.
5. Showering For The First Time At 5 p.m.
This one isn't to make us feel better. It's just a disgusting this we do sometimes (read: all the time).
6. Going Pantsless All Day Long
7. Inventing New Ways To Type While Laying Down
As a freelancer who works from home, I don't really take sick days. So when I am sick and couch/bed bound, I get to invent new ways to type while laying down. All work from homers have a preferred tactic. Some rest their laptop on their chest and type with both hands. When I had a back injury, I would lay on the floor flat on my back and type with one hand. It was tedious, but it worked. It also looks really, really stupid.