How Normal Are Your Everyday Habits?

By: Mark Lichtenstein

How Normal Are Your Everyday Habits?
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About This Quiz

When you think of the word "normal," what does it even mean? What about the things you do every day, are they normal? Do you get up in the morning and go about your day, just like everyone else does? Maybe you feel that you are normal, or perhaps you feel like you are living the sort of life that is different than pretty much everyone else, but who really knows? 

Your perception of what normal is might be different than someone else's. Just about everyone has habits and a daily routine that they follow once that alarm clock goes off. Wait, you use an alarm clock, right? Normal people do!

And by the way, don't worry about whether you are normal or whether you aren't. All of us are different, some of us just like to show it more than others do. To be normal really just means that you do the same sort of things that others do around you, so what is normal in your country, might be totally weird someplace else. 

So let your freak flag fly! Or don't, and just be normal. Either way, take this quiz to find out where you stand on the normal scale.

Which best describes you waking up in the morning?
The alarm goes off at 7:30 and I wake up.
The novelty alarm goes off at 7:30 and I wake up.
The radio alarm goes off at 9:00 and I wake up.
I roll out of bed at noon.

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Which best describes your morning ablutions?
I brush my teeth, shave, and shower.
I brush my teeth, floss, shower, and shave.
I brush my teeth, use a facial mask, shower, shave, and moisturize.
I gargle some mouthwash, check for zits, and shower.

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Which best describes your breakfast?
Toast and eggs
Cornflakes and bacon
Coffee yogurt and high fiber cereal mixed in
Steak and eggs with sausage and bacon

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Which best describes your reading material for your morning commute?
The local paper
A major paper, on my tablet or phone
A fantasy novel
Conspiracy literature

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Which best describes your smartphone habits on your morning commute?
I listen to some music and check my emails.
I read the paper, and peruse the web.
I watch rated R movies.
I go on offensive websites.

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Which best describes your manner of dress during the work week?
I dress according to the dress code at work.
I work at a place without a dress code, so I try to be stylish, but professional.
I dress like I'm going to a role-playing game convention.
I dress like a parody of an artist.

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When do you arrive at work?
9:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.

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How do you commute to work?
I take the local train.
I ride the bus.
I ride my bicycle.
I ride my unicycle.

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Which best describes your work tools?
A computer and a phone
A computer and a notepad
A camera and a car
A stick and a fireball

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Which best describes your behavior around your work colleagues?
Totally, 100% professional
Professional, but chummy
Very friendly
Quite unprofessional

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Which best describes your behavior around your boss?
Reserved
I keep my mouth shut unless my boss says something that's immoral.
I treat my boss like I'd expect my boss to treat his butcher.
I treat my boss like I treat my nephew.

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Which best describes your lunch routine?
I go to the local sandwich shop at 12:30 p.m.
I hit the local Chinese takeout at 1 p.m.
I bring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with me every day.
I eat instant ramen noodles.

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Which best describes your relationship to your actual daily work?
I'm satisfied with my job, which I'm pretty good at.
I'm unsatisfied with my job, which I feel doesn't make use of all my skills.
I feel my job could be more fulfilling if the scope were larger.
I love my job, I just want to make more money.

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What's your afternoon like when you get back to work from lunch?
I wrap up for the day.
I split my time between finishing work and fiddling around.
I waste a lot of time playing Minesweeper.
That's when I begin working in earnest!

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Do you ever do work lunches?
Sometimes
Once a week
Twice a week, at least
I try to make every lunch a work lunch with some networking contact.

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When do you depart from work?
5 p.m.
6 p.m.
8 p.m.
1 p.m.

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How do you commute home?
I usually take the train.
Sometimes I take a cab, but I usually take the bus.
I ride a bike home, or I relax on the train.
I use a pogo stick, or a broom.

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What time do you get home?
7 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
10 p.m.
3 a.m.

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What's the first thing you do upon crossing the threshold of your home?
I toss my keys in a bowl.
I hang up my coat.
I hang up my bike.
I take off my codpiece.

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Do you change your clothes when you get home?
Yeah, I toss on a pair of jeans.
No, I just shed a few layers.
Yes, I get into my night clothes.
Yes, I dress as the opposite gender of the one I dress as the rest of the time, irrespective of what I identify as.

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What do you do once you've relaxed a little and settled into your home?
I put on some music and go on Facebook.
I put on the TV and read my mail.
I go on Amazon and look for deals on stuff I don't need.
I do watercolor paintings of random still frames from middle of the night infomercials.

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Do you usually cook or order in?
I mostly cook, but sometimes I order in.
I order in a lot, probably too much.
I only cook, because I'm on a very special diet.
I live off the land, dumpster diving for wasted food.

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What do you do while dinner is getting ready?
Listen to the radio
Do a crossword puzzle
Build a model airplane
Do my taxes

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What do you do while you're eating?
Talk to my loved ones
Watch TV
Listen to a podcast
Watch History Channel documentaries about how the end of the world is tomorrow

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What do you do after dinner?
I get my things ready for the next day.
I tidy up dinner and get ready for bed.
I stay up a while to watch TV and play games on my phone.
I practice magic tricks for hours.

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How late do you stay up?
I got to bed at a reasonable hour.
I go to bed a little early.
I go to bed a little late.
I go to bed really, really late.

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Do you use any time in the evening to work on your passions?
No, I haven't any.
A little, but not more than a half hour.
I spend an hour or so on them.
I spend all night on them.

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Do you have to spend any of your evenings alone to work on something?
No, not unless it's tax season.
Sometimes, if I'm planning something special to do with my spouse.
Often, as I am building a life-size wicker man.
Yes, as I'm practicing my performance art piece for the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Are your extracurricular interests socially acceptable?
Completely
Yes, unless you object to full contact sport.
For the most part, but art is in the eye of the beholder.
Define socially acceptable

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When do you go to bed?
No later than 10 p.m.
No later than 11p.m.
No later than midnight
Whenever the weight of night drowns my consciousness.

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