I'm a big believer in dressing for success while working from home. If you sit around in your pajamas, you will produce sleepy, sloppy, lackadaisical work. I'm often quoted in this area, the latest was last week HERE, in Carol Roth's 95 Strategies for Work/Life Balance When You Work from Home. I'm under number 88.
Then this great article by Kevin Whipps got me thinking even more.
If I worked in a traditional office building, I would never keep my office in the atrocious state it lives in.
Five years ago we put in wood floors, a big cherry desk, ample shelves,some with glass doors, two phone lines, a shredder and fax, and I'm even rocking the double monitors.
You'll also find loose pictures of our sons, stacks of books, a can of dusting spray with a rag to go along with the dust, various half burned candles, magazines, empty bags of Pirates Booty, old Starbucks cups, stacks of bills, contracts, school supplies and even one of my oldest son's t-shirts.
I can proudly say though, I have filed every rejection letter. Even I can't stand to look at those.
So along with getting out of my pajamas to work, how about if I made the work area quite a bit cleaner?
It would do wonders for productivity.
The key though, is to not spend days cleaning up the office in lieu of actual writing. That isn't allowed in a traditional office setting either.
So let's all clean up our act a little bit and let me know if it makes a difference in your work day.