Whether it is something you have always wanted to do, or something you never thought you would do, working from home has become the new normal for many people due to the coronavirus pandemic. From setting up a home office, to establishing a schedule, to dealing with distractions, working from home comes with its own set of challenges. One of those challenges is getting dressed for work. The temptation to roll out of bed and work in your pjs may be strong, but the truth is that doing that over an extended period of time can be detrimental to your productivity and mental health. Here is why it is important for you to get dressed for work, even when working in the privacy of your own home:
- Technology makes it possible to work from just about anywhere…including your bed. All you have to do is wake up and grab your phone or tablet and next thing you know you are firing off emails and you have not even brushed your teeth yet. Getting out of bed, taking care of personal hygiene, and getting dressed helps to establish that your workday has begun and separates your “home life” from your “work life”. Being relaxed in bed is great, but not during work hours. Your energy levels, motivation and work performance are naturally linked to your emotional and physical well-being. Establishing a healthy routine is essential for a productive workday.
- How you dress has a huge influence on how you feel. We dress certain ways for different occasions for a reason. When you are preparing for your workday at home, it is important for you to dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. That does not mean you have to put on a suit and tie or a skirt and heels. But getting out of your “comfy” clothes and putting on something that you feel good in will go a long way toward implementing a positive start to your workday. This does not mean your work clothes should not be comfortable though! A key to knowing you have chosen a “work” outfit, is choosing something that you would wear out of the house.
- Another important aspect of using your clothing to set your workday routine, is changing out of your work clothes when you are done and back in “home” mode. Differentiating between work clothes and home clothes will help you mentally shift from one to the other. As critical as it is to be “on” during your work hours, it is equally vital to know when it is time to “leave” work and focus on your home and family. Believe it or not, simply changing clothes is a great way to transition from work to home…even when you are working from home.
You will likely hit some bumps in the road while getting accustomed to your new work-from-home routine, but getting up, showered, and dressed for work is a great place to start!
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