Reading Work From Home? A Phone Call May Be a Rare Thing by Teddy Wane, it got me thinking about my own transition out of a traditional 9-to-5 corporate job. I had a similar issue. My non-talking stretches were not quite as long as described in the article but I get the point. As I began writing more, I started to read out loud while editing. I found that the action of reading aloud not only improved my writing but also exercised my talking muscles. This change in my routine, I found it easier to converse the next time the phone rang or I was out with others, my mouth didn't have to try to remember how to move.
The post brings up a good point about oversharing. I can't say that I don't overshare when I speak to a friend or loved after a quiet period but I haven't subjected a random person - yet. Since I've never really been all that into texting, I do tend to call after the second round of text conversation or if I need my hands available to multitask. Mr. Wane references the upcoming movie, Her, with Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson and how they become "closer" through a series of long phone calls (am I the only one that thinks Her is reminiscent of the 2002 movie S1m0ne with Al Pacino?). It is rare that calls last longer that a few minutes in most cases. I do have a couple of exceptions in my life. How many times have you or someone you know jokes about the last time their cellphone is used as well - a phone?
Somewhat embarrassingly I admit that until recently, I didn't recognize my ring tone. My excuse is that there were so many gaps between calls. That has changed now with my days including more conference calls, online meetings and -ugh, spam calls. I think for a normally quiet person working from home could mean lapsing into a more hermit-like state of contentment. Scheduling time out to meet up with others, getting a change of scenery or starting a new hobby keeps those talking muscles working, lessens the friend/family dumping and yields a greater appreciation for the quieter moments.
As you read through the Work From Home? A Phone Call May Be a Rare Thing article do you recognize yourself?
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