You awake a little groggy and rub your eyes before turning off the alarm clock. You drag yourself out of bed and go brush your teeth. While gurgling mouthwash you think to yourself “I really should take a shower and get dressed” but the reality is, you just don’t feel like it.
You saunter over to your home office area and plop down at your desk. After looking over the to-do list you jotted down last night you put your hand to your forehead and sigh; it’s gonna be a long day. You daydream about being clean and think about how you would’ve showered if you were going into the office but since you’re teleworking why go through all that trouble. I mean, that is one of the best benefits of working from home – pajama day anyone?!
Now, imagine how much better you’d feel if you were so fresh and so clean – awake and alive after a nice hot shower. It may not seem like it makes that big of a difference but for me, it surely does. My entire day goes a little smoother and more productive when I treat my work from home days like I would my in-office days.
Does it really matter if you get dressed or not?
Yes! It does. And here are three reasons why:
Improve your mindset when working from home
When working from home it’s important to keep yourself up. Getting dressed may not seem like such a big deal but it really does change your mindset for the day. Putting your mind in “work” mode while in your home environment is an important part of effectively working from home.
Keep up your get dressed routine when working from home
This article on Inc.com mentions the importance of keeping a regular routine as another reason to get dressed. It also helps you to put yourself into work mode by treating your time working from home as you would if you were going into the office.
Increase productivity when working from home
Something as simple as showering and putting on clean clothes can actually increase your productivity by giving you a mood boost, and gives you a head start on accomplishing the day’s tasks.
There are countless articles on the web about how to work from home effectively. And while they all offer excellent tips, I find that the one that makes the most impact on my day is this one simple thing. So the next time you are teleworking get dressed as soon as you wake up and see if your work from home day improves.
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Do you get dressed when working from home? How does this affect your mood and productivity? Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.