Dress For Success

July 25th, 2013

Young Woman Sitting in Front of a Computer and LaughingWorking from home has its benefits. I can roll out of bed, shuffle over to my desk, and begin writing, editing, formatting, or whatever I’m scheduled to do on that day. I don’t have to worry about a dress code or a commute. I don’t have to worry about untimely interruptions from my coworker in the next cubicle. I can work until I’m ready for breakfast or lunch without making sure I stop and start at a pre-scheduled time. I’m my own person and I set my own rules. That sounds pretty good doesn’t it? And I won’t deny that I haven’t done this on occasion where I worked within an absolutely relaxed mindset. But what I have found is that my relaxed mindset has a habit of overflowing into my performance.

While I want a relaxed atmosphere, I don’t want to perform in a relaxed manner and I don’t think my clients would appreciate it either. I want to function for my clients with 100% efficiency. I certainly do not want my work to appear to my clients as a work-from-home effort. My goal is to produce an end product that will compete with and exceed what is expected from a high-end corporate setting.

Therefore, while my day does begin with me rolling out of bed, I dress as if I have somewhere to go. I don’t dress as if I were going to work in Corporate America. I may even be in a pair of sweats and a tee shirt, but you will not find me working in my PJ’s. I find that I do need a bit of structure so that I can maintain the professional persona that I want to maintain even though I’m working from home. I may get in a few hours of work before stopping for breakfast, but I do stop for breakfast. The same goes for lunch. I try to take myself away from my desk while eating. I’m still working on that one, though. But, I am not working while I’m eating. I may be at my desk playing a game on my computer.

Taking these simple steps help me to maintain structure and keep a separation between work and play. What steps do you take to make sure that working at home does not meld into your other home activities? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

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