To Dress or Not to Dress When Working At Home


There is a reason my nickname is Pajama Mama. I like to roll out of bed, grab coffee and work in the comfort of my pajamas. That doesn’t mean I don’t ever shower or get dressed. But I rarely start my day with the getting-ready-for-work ritual.

There are many people who disagree with my approach. Even the housecleaning guru The Fly Lady suggests getting dressed or at least putting your shoes on before starting the day. When it comes to telecommuting, some experts suggest that going through the ritual of “getting ready” helps put you in the right frame of mind and make you feel professional. Some advocate full professional garb, while others go through the motions of getting cleaned up, but wear something comfortable like shorts and a t-shirt.

Whose method is best? I think that depends on you. I believe there are people out there who need the getting-ready-for-work ritual to wake up and get in the mood to work. That’s not me. Not only do I not need that ritual, but I feel like working in my pajamas is one of the many perks that comes with working at home. You need to decide for yourself what morning ritual will be the most productive at work. (Assuming you work in the morning/day.)

By the way, even if you want to be a pajama mama, getting showered and dressed at some point in the day is recommended. Too much pajama time can leave you feeling frumpy. But that’s the beauty of working at home; you get to decide when to get dressed and what to wear when you do!

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