So this week, I made one simple change to my normal routine. No biggie. Just something I’ve been meaning to do.
And this one easy adjustment made me more than twice as efficient as I normally am—yowza! I was finishing tasks left and right! I was on a roll! Mmmm…cinnamon roll…
That one little change? Would you believe I just…put on some shoes?
Shoes, huh? Shoes are the answer to all our productivity woes?
It sounds too good to be true, but it IS true.
When someone works from home (like myself), there tends to be a gradual slide into a more relaxed, sloppy life. First, you’ll start wearing jeans, then yoga pants, then some days you won’t even bother to shower.
One day you’re a powerful corporate executive, and the next day you’re like one of those weirdos on Hoarders.
When I worked in a corporate office, I wore 3- to 4-inch heels every single day. I liked how powerful I felt striding down the corridors. I’m so businessy!
After I moved to California and started working from home, I got rid of most of my high heels and spent the days puttering around in my gym socks.
But even if you don’t work from home, I bet you’ve noticed this change in yourself on the weekends. We’re just not as formal or pulled together when we’re chillin’ in the house.
So is it any wonder that we’re not as productive when we’re not dressed to impress?
Our homes are our sanctuaries; where we can just be ourselves. Putting on shoes goes against that “sit and stay awhile” mentality.
We may be more comfortable in our own homes, but we’re also less happy with the amount of errands, tasks, and other to-dos we accomplish while there. We can get shit done in the office, but all bets are off when we’re home.
The solution is simple: wear shoes in your home.
But really? I don’t know anyone who actually wears shoes in their house.
Despite feeling a little silly, I put on a pair of respectable black heels. I instantly stood up straighter and felt more powerful as I walked around. I felt more alert and competent, even while sitting at my desk.
I’m convinced that I got more done because the shoes made me feel better about myself. I got my “you can do it!” confidence back.
I challenge you to wear shoes inside your house. You can try this whether you work from home or just in the evenings or on the weekends.
Take note of how you feel. Are you getting more accomplished?
OK, and if you’re concerned about tracking dirt and germs all over your carpet, buy a pair of shoes that you will wear ONLY in the house. These “house shoes” should still be a proper pair of work shoes—no bunny slippers or flip flops. Ask yourself, “Would I wear these shoes if I were in the office or meeting with a client?”
Have you tried wearing shoes in the house?
In the comments below, tell me what kind of shoes you wear on a typical work day and whether you think your shoes affect your confidence and mood.
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