Get Up, Get Dressed, Get Ready: It’ll Boost Your Productivity

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Isn’t the point of working from home that you don’t have to wear pants? Although this idea is appealing—and probably among the reasons you opted for the remote office job—it’s not the healthiest attitude to keep. Kappa Omicron Nu, a research society that studies human sciences, has concluded the way you dress directly affects your productivity. Dressing up for work, whether that’s in an office building or from your dining room table, boosts your mood and helps you get more accomplished.

Despite this, employees and employers have adopted a much more casual dress code over the past 20 years. While this change isn’t all bad, casual dress can negatively affect the workplace. It may bring more casual morals, manners and productivity. Here are some ways to up your productivity and get the most out of working from home.

Get Ready for Work

Perform your morning routine as if you are headed to an in-office job. Shower, eat breakfast and do your hair and makeup. If you have a hard time getting motivated for this, consider investing in some fun accessories. Buy a new pair of earrings or a colorful scarf to wear with your work basics.

Physically Go to Work

It’s hard to separate your work life from your home life when you work at home, but it’s vital. Separate your home office from the rest of your house, even if it’s only by a doorway. Although you’ll have the shortest commute anyone could wish for, separating the two will make you less likely to get distracted by household responsibilities. Yes, the dishes need to be washed and the laundry is piling up. But by “commuting” to work, hopefully you’ll ignore these chores during work hours. And your family will thank you come dinnertime, when you’ve left work at work.

Get out of the House

If your job enables you work from anywhere with an Internet connection, set aside a few hours each week to work from a local coffee shop or public library. If you are easily distracted by noise, bring headphones with you and put on some classical music or use a white noise app.

Be Prepared

If you have a job for which impromptu meetings are probable, don’t get caught off guard. If you aren’t already getting ready in the mornings, have a go-to outfit ready. Ensure the outfit is pressed and clean and the shoes are polished. Have a purse or briefcase packed. A designer handbag can really bring an outfit together—it’ll hold all you need and make you look polished and put together.

Plan a Lunch Date

Have a girlfriend close by who might want to meet for lunch? Put it on the calendar. Working from the home office can sometimes mean you don’t see other adults all day long. Taking a lunch out once a week to catch up on celebrity gossip and family woes can recharge your social batteries, and in turn, make you more productive when you sit down to work at your desk.

Pajama pants certainly have their place on slow Sunday mornings with cartoons. But keep them out of the home office. Dress the part. Your attitude and your productivity will reflect it.

Disclosure

Krystle Cook - the creator of Home Jobs by MOM - put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.

Comments

  1. I could not agree with you more. I work from home three days a week and shower and dress each morning as if I worked at the office. On Wednesday i will try to make a lunch date to break up the day too.

    I feel like a human and ready to tackle the day when I do this. If I am not feeling well, on one of those days I will shower and put on comfy clothes but still go to work. It is who I am. You have to have your head in the game at all times.

    • Yes, it’s always good to have your head in the game. On days my husband works from home he’s one that rolls out of bed to get to the computer. Oh, well. To each their own 🙂

  2. Hi Krystle, I have found this to be true… If I don’t get up and get ready for work, even though I’m working from home now instead of in the corporate world, I just don’t get as much done. It seems like half the day goes by and I have nothing accomplished unless I get up at the time I normally would have, dress nicely, do the makeup and hair and be ready for the day by at least 9 am.

    • Hi Susan!! I agree. Doing the whole dressing up thing does help get your head in the game. That one step is just the first step in a productive day 🙂

  3. The first thing I do when I get out of bed is go to the toilet then I get dressed I am an up and dressed straight away type of person, don’t like sitting around for half the morning in my pj’s but some people do like my own mum she does that and I find it annoying

  4. Sabrina Q. says:

    That is so true. My husband and I like to do our lunch dates at least once a week. Beats going out at night for dinner and it’s cheaper too. =)

  5. Wow, I could not agree with you more in getting out of bed, taking a shower and eating breakfast. My work day starts later in the afternoon and I’m far more productive with my life in general in the mornings if I will get going vs staying in my sweats and not eating, etc. Good post, Krystle! 🙂

    • I always find it so amazing how much more I get done if I just start things off right and a little earlier. Later in the day comes and I’m like wow I’ve done everything. Granted this doesn’t happen a lot here. Mornings are not my friend but I notice a huge difference when I act on it.

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