Why you shouldn’t wear pyjama when you work from home.

You may be thinking, that clothing is just clothing. How does it matter what you wear when you work from home?
Female student sitting on floor of her apartment with laptop and notes studying

P.S. This blog was written in 2019 when most of us were still going to offices regularly, this feels even more relatable.

The following statement seems odd – dress for success even when you work from home. Although dress was success isn’t officially applicable, it’s a good idea to jump out of your PJs and jump into your pantsuit! Try it!

Making the transition from working in an office to working at home is quite significant. Initially, this switch will make you miss your co-workers, the structure of working from 10 am to 6 pm, the coffee machine and your attire. Of all things, why attire you may ask? Well, the beauty of working from home promises to give you the liberty to wear whatever you please to work – whether it’s a t-shirt and shorts, track pants or pyjamas!

You may be thinking, that clothing is just clothing. How does it matter what you wear when you work from home? You’re at home and you don’t have colleagues around who are judging you! Although the idea of 24-hour comfort is reassuring, what you wear can largely impact how you feel which in turn can possibly affect your performance.

Here are few reasons why you should dress appropriately even when you work from home:

●       Pyjamas are concomitant with lounging and sleep. No one can possibly think of stepping out of the house for a nice dinner wearing jammies. Similarly, while working too, you cannot wear PJs. If you are clad in PJs, instantly chill-mode sets in and work more is turned off. Hence, this can psychologically affect your work. When you dress to work, your mental state changes and you feel present and ever-ready to work.  

●       Wearing pyjamas doesn’t mean you can sit in your bed and work all day long. Eventually sitting in bed will lead to lying down and when you lie down, it’s simple, you will NOT work. Hence, in addition to wearing work appropriate clothing, you need to find a suitable place where you can comfortably sit and work. A combination of the right clothing and a dedicated workplace will ensure continued productivity. Since its home, you need a draw a line between your personal space and workspace. Sitting at arm’s length from your personal to-do won’t help in getting work done. When you need to work close the doors of your dedicated workplace and stay in till you’re done. Once that’s over with, you can focus on house chores and tasks.   

Like other industries, working from home has an umpteen list of pros and cons. But one of the forerunners in that list is the attire you wear. The first few days of working from home will be difficult, you can’t get work done, you’ll feel like watching movies all day long or basically partake in anything but work. However, as time passes the idea and ethics of working from home will seep right in. With that, let the idea of wearing pyjamas while working be thrown out of the window.

       Not just to yourself, to the people living with you, visiting you and even seeing you through a video call, when your clad in work attire, it will seem to them that your seriously working and should not be disturbed. When you’re wearing formals at home, it’s a physical and visual distinction that your work mode is on. Later, when you switch to casual clothes, it’s a cue that you’re off work mode. This is an important division. If this isn’t disconnected, then your personal time can eat into work time and vice versa.   

Like other industries, working from home has an umpteen list of pros and cons. But one of the forerunners in that list is the attire you wear. The first few days of working from home will be difficult, you can’t get work done, you’ll feel like watching movies all day long or basically partake in anything but work. However, as time passes the idea and ethics of working from home will seep right in. With that, let the idea of wearing pyjamas while working be thrown out of the window.