5 Reasons Why WFH Is An Introvert's Dream
STORY: Fitri Mahad
24 March 2020
COVID-19 has (almost) everyone staying or trying to stay home.
Whether you’re a student, a working adult or one of those panic-buyers, going outside has generally been discouraged. (And so is panic buying).
This also means cancelled plans.
You can no longer go for that honeymoon you and your partner have been planning for months.
You have to cancel that grad trip you and your friends saved up so much money for.
Everyone’s panicking, especially the extroverts.
But for the introvert: Staying at home? Social distancing? Avoiding contact?
It’s just another day, but the icing on the cake is when you (introverts) get to work from home too.
1. No small talk
Or just talking in general. Let’s face it, you guys don’t like talking.
You can’t hold a conversation for more than 20 seconds without running out of things to talk about.
Anything more than that and it gets awkward. You pretend to look at your phone that has zero notifications in hopes the other person would do the same as well.
Sometimes, you're forced into talking in everyday scenarios. You could be sharing a lift with a colleague or invited out for lunch.
The bottom line? You just aren’t good at talking and you'd just rather not unless you have to.
But there is a silver lining to this. Introverts are more confident talking online. It's a whole different persona.
And working from home means communicating via emails and texts. No more awkward convos at the pantry (for now, at least).
2. Endless binge-watching, gaming, streaming, you name it
I mean who’s going to check?
Okay, maybe you’re sharing your screen with the rest on a conference call. You can always close a tab or switch windows or even use a different device.
It’s super easy to look like you’re being productive.
But hey, just a disclaimer, introverts are still productive.
You can be productive AND still binge 3 seasons of "Narcos" straight.
You just can’t do it in the workplace without giving everyone else the wrong idea.
(That said, if you are a boss or someone in a supervisory position reading this, you should be a little bit more lenient.)
Just don’t ask to share a Netflix account with your boss.
3. Getting your own lunch
Let’s be real. Half the time when we all go out to eat and someone chooses a place, we don’t really like it.
You tag along because you don’t want to feel left out or you don’t want to sit and eat alone either.
They pick a decent lunch spot, but it’s not your favourite. You don’t suggest your own spot because you’re afraid that they won’t like the place.
You plunge into in the same lunch politics spiral on a daily basis every afternoon.
But working from home? It’s paradise. You can eat however much you want. Order in whatever you want. You’re the boss. Your home is your lunch spot.
In fact, no one’s going to judge you for eating your 5th cup noodle even though it’s barely 9am.
4. Cancelled plans
A common theme here is saying yes to plans because you don’t want to feel left out.
Maybe it’s a mandatory company bowling night or a social happy hour, you say yes and you show up.
But deep down? You don’t want to go.
It’s not that you’re not enjoying yourself (maybe not), but you’d have more fun at home playing Animal Crossing on your Nintendo Switch.
If there’s a silver lining to COVID-19, it's that you don’t have to keep up appearances anymore.
5. Not having to be picky with clothes you wear
Also in the “Don’t Want To Be Judged” category, you are all a little bit conscious about what you wear to work.
Yes, it’s work appropriate, and yes, it’s comfortable, but you still feel insecure about the style you put out.
Especially when you compare it to the ones wearing hypebeast, an e-boy/e-girl fit or even a minimalist aesthetic.
But working from home means not having to worry about what to wear.
It’s simple and comfortable. Being in your pajamas all day, or maybe not being in clothes at all.
Hey, no one knows except you.
Jokes aside, we all hope the COVID-19 situation improves. 2020 only started, it can't possible get any worse right?