I realized pretty quickly that my most productive days weren’t the ones where I jumped out of bed, opened my laptop, and started banging away on a story while slurping coffee in my underwear. The best days were structured ones when I’d actually dress up for work.
Sure, I’d get coffee and breakfast, but then I’d jump in the shower and get dressed to start my day. No, I wasn’t putting on a suit and tie, but I was at least taking a moment to wear clothes that made me feel good. Studies show that dressing up isn’t just about impressing those around you, it’s also great for stimulating abstract thinking, which is just what we all need during these surreal times.
Set Up Time to Prepare
Taking a moment to transition between waking up and work time helps you feel better, especially when you’re working from home. Preparing in the morning lets your brain know that it’s not the weekend, a holiday, or (we hope) a sick day the other times when you’re normally at home during the day. Even putting on my shoes sends my unconscious mind the clearest message that the daily grind is about to get underway.
Keep It Real
Since you’re not at the office, don’t be afraid to skew more casual with your employment dress code, but still, make sure that you feel professional. While you may be tempted to tug on that college sweatshirt that got you through grad school, you still need to look camera ready for video conferences. Comb your hair. Groom your beard. Take the lead in this situation and be the one who shows up even if you show up alone looking polished, comfortable, and in charge.
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