So 7 months into this clusterf**k of a year and I am proud to say that I don’t miss getting up early to dress up and beautify myself before heading out the door into rush hour pandemonium. Am I crazy?? I think not.
Here’s the thing. The old morning routine has merely become a distant memory, at least for now, however long that “now” will be. I wake up a full hour later than I used to, prep coffee percolator, turn on the computer, and bid my daughter arrivederci as she leaves to take the school bus….all this in my jammies, a zippered hoodie and hair uncombed. Doesn’t bother me one damn bit.
This transformation didn’t happen overnight however, nor am I an “all or nothing” kind of girl. You can say I dress to suit the occasion. Zoom meetings require what I call my Sloppy Chic look: makeup, brushed hair, business casual shirt and a little bling. I don’t even bother with proper slacks and heels, just leggings or sweatpants. I mean, who will notice if they only see you from the waist up? I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.
As for phone meetings, those are a no-brainer. Pure audio simplicity, which means I could literally have breakfast in bed in my favorite faded t-shirt and yoga pants, and not worry about dropping strawberry jam on a spreadsheet I am working on as I chat with colleagues….but even I have my limits. Gotta draw the line somewhere. Instead of the bedroom, it is the dining room that actually doubles as my office. At the very least, from a motivational perspective, I should be sitting in a chair while I snack, correct? Ha!
I’m not saying being a total slob is the answer but letting ourselves go even a little and albeit temporarily, is freeing. It allows us to disengage from the structured life we have grown accustomed to over the years and provide a welcome distraction despite the ever-encroaching protocols we are all having to deal with when we step into the outside world. There is a fine line however between slipping into a permanent state of carelessness and just having a little fun at your own expense. Knowing the difference is key.
Bottom line is: whatever attire you feel comfortable in when working from home, it is yours to embrace. One day we will all look back on these little moments with appreciation that we all managed the best way we could.