Well, we’re 11 days into the 30 Day Try-on-athon where I try to answer the question: How do the clothes we wear affect our productivity as remote workers? Here are my first “insights”.
I’ve tried to have a new outfit every day. And I must say, I find it surprisingly annoying in the mornings. I simply don’t look forward to getting dressed up. Mainly, I just want to get to work. It’s good that this is an official experiment so that I have to motivate myself through my comfy-clothes-withdrawal phase.
By the way, Gretchen encouraged me to smile in my pictures – but it just looked so forced so I gave myself a break.
As expected, I don’t notice a difference in my actual productivity (with the exception of needing the extra 15 minutes to decide on an outfit). However, there IS a difference in the way that I feel. I host a lot of interviews and have a lot of client meetings. Dressing up makes me feel like I’m taking the meetings more seriously – especially since I can see myself in the video chat. Maybe I’m just overly self-conscious right now, and that will go away at some point.
I’ve also noticed that I prefer solid colors over patterns. I did not know this before. I also love purple. But this I knew.
On a side note, I do get a lot of compliments on my room divider – and in a way, it’s related to dressing up. I live in a very small apartment, and behind the room divider is my bed. It’s ok for when I’m talking to close friends – but for business meetings, I prefer something a little less personal, and more professional. While my current room divider isn’t perfect, it’s the best solution I’ve come up with so far (and new ideas are in the works!).
Being a remote worker doesn’t require us to dress up. After all, wearing comfy clothes is considered one of the perks! But so far, I feel that I am both being taken more seriously – and I’m taking myself more seriously when I give attention to both my look and my environment. And while it is annoying to not be able to just get to work in the morning wearing my usual “day-time pajamas”, there is a playfulness about all of this that I admit to really enjoying. 🙂
We’ll see if anything else comes of this in the upcoming 19 days. Any suggestions or thoughts?