Does what you wear to work seem to help you feel relaxed enough to be productive?
Or, do you feel restricted and limited by what you have to wear to work, thus your productivity is limited?
I’ve personally always tried to be as productive as possible in whatever role I find myself in, however, I definitely feel restricted when I have a required dress code for work.
For me, that required dress code has usually been in some sort of professional office setting, so as a man, that required a collared shirt and tie sometimes a suit, or at least a polo shirt.
I really don’t like to dress up. I understand it looks nice, and I respect the polished persona it helps to realize, but that’s just not who I am.
Let me rephrase that. I can be polished for sure, but I’m going to exude more confidence and even better polish in my communications if I’m feeling comfortable in say, jeans and a t-shirt.
Now that I no longer work in an office but rather from home, I wear jeans and a t-shirt most every day.
I still get up and shower and get dressed as if I’m going to go into the office, I just wear whatever feels comfortable as I walk downstairs to my office at my house.
I have to say, my productivity has never been better.
I think, that relates to my feeling comfortable. I’m more confident in my skills and abilities to do the work that I need to do. That allows me to put my best foot forward in terms of the work I produce, and my ability to be productive in producing that work.
When I used to go to an office and wear a shirt and tie I always felt restricted as if that tie was a noose around my neck. My confidence was stifled and my productivity was not as high as my potential.
The point of all this is, self-awareness.
It’s not only important to know what you like to do to find work that plays up to your strengths, but it’s also extremely important to understand how you achieve peak performance in what you do.
What you wear to work and how that relates to your productivity is just one element of being aware of how to reach your peak performance.
Posted by: Nick Venturella
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