One of the first things new telecommuters like to do is work in their pyjamas just to say they’ve done it. As fun as that may be, dressing up for work will boost your productivity.
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When you’re dressed for work it sends a message that you’re ready to work. A message to who? To yourself, dressing like you’re about to go take a power nap or plan some racquetball doesn’t send a signal that you’re about to get some serious work done. At the financial blog Lazy Man and Money they write:
Wear Pants – I never thought I’d find myself writing about the basic need to wear pants… but I am. It’s very tempting to just roll out of bed and get working. For me that’s a recipe for failure. For some reason, I subconsciously associate pajamas with “Time to check out stats in my fantasy baseball league.”
When I first started working from home I’d just wear casual clothing. Right now I’m wearing the same business attire I used to wear when I went into an office every day. My principal reason for doing so is that the clothing, aside from flipping a psychological switch that it’s “work time” makes it hard to do non-work stuff. If I notice something that needs to be done around the house — a constant distraction for people who work from home — I’m less likely to go and do it if I’m wearing business attire than if I were just wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Check out the full article at the link below for more telecommuting tips. Have a tip or trick of your own? Let’s hear about it in the comments.
Work From Home? 8 Ways to Keep Focused [Lazy Man and Money]