I work at home and love it. However, I’ve found myself stuck in a rut. The dreaded yoga pants and t-shirt rut. While quite comfy, it’s not a look that encourages professionalism, (unless I’m teaching a yoga class).
The old saying goes “clothes make the man”, so I’ve put that theory to test. Today I got up and got dressed. Really dressed. Let me be clear, I’m still comfy; however I’m ready for work. No, I’m not wearing a button down shirt and trousers. Since I work from home, I can be a little more casual. Today’s outfit is one of my favorite Lands End dresses and sandals. My hair is swept back in a sleek ponytail and I have my face on.
Guess what? I’ve been more productive and feel as if I’m sitting back in an office. However my office is by my deck, the door is open and birds are singing. I’ve also gotten more work done this morning than on most mornings, especially on a Monday. (Disclaimer: That’s not me in the photo.)
Does what we wear really affect how effective we are when working from home or in a telecommuting scenario? I don’t have any solid data or research to back it up, but I’d like to say yes based on how I feel. I’m going to try it as an experiment and swap out with my old “uniform” and see how it affects me and my working style over the next week or so.
Call it a personal intervention and non-scientific examination. I could make it more scientific and get my girls, the Social Media Moms, to help me test my hypothesis. However, it’s Monday and I do believe this would cause a minor uproar.
Have you noticed a difference in how you work based on what you’re wearing? Today I’m in sandals, but I’m also going to test out my very lonely, very beautiful heels this week. Will they do more to increase my productivity? Is this all just a placebo and it’s all in my head? Or do the clothes really make the woman?
I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.