Why I wear a suit to work from home, and why you should do the same

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This pandemic changed our lives, in one way or another. I was lucky.
The only thing that happened to me was that I got stuck at home, both working and following university lectures. I didn’t suffer any loss, I didn’t have anyone close to me test positive. I was so lucky. And still, it was a nightmare.
I went from handling being a working student to just be working or studying every second of my day, every day of my week.
I still live with my parents, since I’m 20 minutes from university and office, so it didn’t make sense to move.
So my room was all that was left to act as a class, an office, and a sleeping room.
Exams were the worst part; I ended up spending half of my summer feeling like I was taking exams every single second I was sitting at that desk.
I need to do something about it.

If you ever did a bit of research about how to study better, how to not procrastinate, or stuff like that, one of the most famous pieces of advice is to pick an environment where you only study and nothing else.
If you are sitting there, you are only allowed to study. This helps us form a habit, telling our brain that if we are sitting there we can’t do anything else, we have to study.
I couldn’t do that. I was lucky to have one room for myself, I surely wasn’t going to have a desk just for studying and another one to work, let alone a different room.
So, since I couldn’t change my place, I changed myself.

Dressing up to go nowhere.

A weird thing to do, but not so much. I couldn’t change my room, so I changed myself. I picked an outfit for every occasion I had to face: normal life, studying, working.

Comfy pants for home, jeans and a shirt for exams and studying, a suit for work. It changed everything.
Each time I changed I felt like I was in a different environment.
Physically, I was still in my old room, but mentally I was where I needed to be. In class, in my office. Ready to get things done.
And I can’t tell you enough about shoes! It sounds so silly to write, but wearing shoes was so impactful on how I was feeling.

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

Other things you can do, change the color of your lights (if you have smart ones), put on different background music.
I only have old bulbs, and I find music too distracting, so the only thing I had was changing clothes. That alone changed everything, but try and find what works for you.

Don’t spend another year in sweatpants.

If you have just spent your last year in sweatpants, the only thing I can say is this: I get that.
It has been a difficult time, and everybody is going through something, so I am not here offering a magical solution that will make everything better, but I am just sharing my personal experience.
If you are in a similar situation to mine, I can’t tell you enough times to give this a shot.
Just because you are stuck at home, it doesn’t mean nobody is watching you.
You are the witness of your whole life. And in times like this, of quarantine and isolation, you must hold yourself to some standard and don’t let go.
Dressing up, putting on makeup, are things that we do for ourselves, to feel better. To feel empowered, confident.
We need that, now more than ever.

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