The sudden switch to online work from home in both professional and school settings has greatly affected the lives of everyone involved. Students and employees of businesses alike may find themselves stuck in bed and practically unable to be productive at all. Lounging around may appeal to University of Delaware students during their new extended spring break but could hurt academic performance. Classes start this coming Monday and, thankfully, there are some tricks on how to balance comfort and productivity.
It certainly is the time to make the best out of your new work environment, so comfort is a must for this new period of work. It is fine to break out the sweats and joggers and stay cozy while you work, but this brings up an important point: change out of your pajamas and get out of bed! You will never feel your best if you stay in an environment, where your mind is telling you that you should fall asleep. At the very least, you can spread out your notebooks on the couch and cuddle with a pet, but starting off the day by changing into a work-focused mindset is important for productivity. It’s fair to say that the average reader is at least conscious of their clothing, and that your state of mind depends partially on your attire. You’re far more likely to reorganize your garage if already in jeans versus if you change into them.
Classes, however, are another issue. The University of Delaware has primarily switched to Zoom’s classroom software, and instructors may choose to enable student webcams in order to promote class discussion. This leaves the choice of what to wear up to the individual, but keep in mind that professors will notice which students took the extra time to take and shower and get dressed. Again, your mindset will improve if you wear normal appropriate school clothes and focus on your work. Speaking of work, maybe you are interested in a summer internship that requires an online interview. Thankfully, dress codes for virtual classes are simple if you play it safe. Wear a suit jacket and other professional attire and (for goodness’ sake) don’t give in to the temptation to not wear pants!
Home isolation does simplify dressing, which many can be thankful for, but (as always) going an extra mile can make a huge difference in your own productivity and appearance. Dress the best, feel the best, and work the best.