One thing that is absolutely fascinating to me is the sheer number of people who “hate to leave the house” within the work-from-home community. For example, I had a boss once who bragged about averaging “about 30 days” between exits from her home. Once a month! She leaves her house once a month! That’s 12 times a year! That’s insane!
I, for one, love leaving the house. Sure, when it’s super busy (or polar vortex-y), I might go a day or two without leaving my city dwelling. But after more than 48 hours without seeing the great outdoor world, I am climbing the walls and need to leave the house.
Errands are my friend, friends.
Somewhat importantly, leaving the house on a regular basis gives me the opportunity to interact with people who aren’t just online. Honing these social skills seems incredibly important, given the fact that I would one day like to have a job that lets me leave the house on a daily basis. But I digress.
Honestly, I feel like the “never leave the house” bragging is just an extension of the natural human inclination to talk about how difficult you’ve made your life. (See also: engineering majors who won’t shut up about how many all-nighters they have “had to pull.”) In fact, other work-from-home folks like to brag about all sorts of random hardships such as:
- The last time they showered, brushed their teeth or put on makeup.
- How long they can go without doing laundry.
- The last time they felt compelled to put on shoes or a pair of pants with zippers.
- How long it has been since they met someone new who wasn’t already on their G+ contacts list.
- How many hours per day they can stream Netflix.
A Better Way?
Now, I suppose I shouldn’t judge how people want to live their lives/spend their free time. And I’m not judging! I swear! I just choose to use the absurd amount of flexibility I have in my current employment situation for other pursuits.
Here are just a few of the things that I can do because I work from home:
Join an APA pool league.
Also, play a whole lot more pool than I’ve been able to in the past few years.
Become more active within my church community.
I even make baked goods for the priest. Because I have the time.
Explore the various places to go in my neighborhood.
Bars, restaurants, cafés – you name it – becoming a “regular” is a pretty sweet gig.
There’s a park right by my house where the skating is cheap and the music is bangin’. (Plus, there’s the added entertainment of watching packs of children crashing around on the ice.)
I have the ability to shop when no one else does, which certainly makes life easier and more enjoyable.
As long as I have the internet, I can work. Sure, it’s easier to work in my home office, but if I feel like going to Pittsburgh, I can go to Pittsburgh. Or Detroit. Or wherever I want, really.
Sure, I’m sure there are plenty of people who are completely fulfilled staying indoors all the time and legitimately do not see the need to leave their houses. However, I like exploring and vitamin D and all the benefits that come from leaving my house.