Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. That’s one of the main tips I remember as I was climbing up the corporate ladder. For most of us, it isn’t hard to follow that rule when we’re out in public, but working at home can be another matter.
I’ve never been one to hang out in my pajamas, let alone work in them. Just as some people can’t get going until they have their morning coffee, I can’t get going until I’m showered and dressed. Otherwise, I spend way too much time contemplating going back to bed or mentally justifying that I can’t get up off the couch because my dog is sitting on my lap.
I’m not telling you not to work in your pajamas. If you can be totally productive while wearing them, go for it. What I’m suggesting is this: What we wear does affect our attitude and our attitude can affect our productivity Click To Tweet.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily dress up when I’m at home. If I know I’m not going anywhere special, jeans or exercise wear will most likely be my outfit of choice. After all, being comfortable and ready to take a walk at a moment’s notice are a couple of the benefits of working from home, right?
But… if I need an extra shot of confidence, such as when I’m following up with prospective clients, I dress up. When I really want to ratchet it up a notch or two, I wear heels. Not only do heels make me feel more professional as I click around the house, they also change my posture. Studies show that a powerful posture can increase self-confidence. Click To Tweet
Choose clothing based on what you need to accomplish each day. If you plan to cocoon in your home office to plan your year or schedule a month’s worth of social media, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Since frequent breaks and fresh air help keep you energized during this type of work, this is definitely a time I’d have on my comfortable walking clothes.
If you’re planning to write proposals and make phone calls, pull out your professional attire and finish off your outfit with heels. Since our clothing affects our attitude, wearing a spiffy outfit can help us charge our worth or convey our confidence over the phone.
An added benefit of dressing up (especially for introverts) is that we’re more likely to be motivated to get out of the house. Since the majority of engaged couples choose their wedding professionals based on word of mouth, getting out and being seen is a necessary part of business.
Full Disclosure: The winter before last, we had a couple of inches of snow and ice on the ground and I wasn’t able to leave my house for two solid weeks (Don’t judge, it’s a southern thing.) I got up each morning, took a shower and put on clean pajamas. I worked on the sofa, rather than at my desk, and got an amazing amount of work done. There are always exceptions to every rule!