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Posted by Valencia on February 22nd, 2008

Since most work at home professionals don’t interact with clients face-to-face, they can either get dress in the mornings, or stay in their pajamas all day. This is another wonderful perk of telecommute life.

While many freelancers take pleasure in this type of freedom, a few actually prefer to get dress before beginning their daily assignments. I’m not implying that telecommuters throw on a three-piece suit or business slacks before heading to their home office. Saying goodbye to the office means goodbye to dress codes. Rather, some freelancers prefer to ditch the pajamas and throw on a comfortable outfit.

This method works for me. Although I love lounging around the house in my comfy pajamas - I start to feel sluggish and less productive.

About five months ago I developed a bad routine that involved staying in bed until around 11:30 a.m. I had just purchased my first laptop, and I was enjoying the freedom of being able to work in any room of the house. Needless to say, I took advantage of my newfound freedom. I would get up in the mornings, grab my computer, make a cup of coffee, and get back into bed.

I would start work, watch a little television, work again, and sometimes - take a little late morning nap. I know - it was bad. I didn’t really start my day until noon when I decided to get dress. After awhile I fell into a freelance funk. It felt like I had wasted more than half the day.

After about a month I decided to ditch the pajamas. Prior to buying the laptop I had established a morning ritual, which involved getting up early and getting my day started around 9:30 a.m. I got back into this routine. Now, I feel more productive.

I realize that each person is different, and their psyche can handle different routines. However, I quickly discovered that work and pajamas are a bad combination - at least for me.

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I agree. While I don’t think it’s necessary to dress up in corporate attire to go sit in your home office, I do think that many people function better if they have on some comfortable clothes.

Of course, as you pointed out, everyone is different.

I actually get up and work. The place can change, but I find I do my best work in my home office or outdoors. I don’t watch too much television but if I’m working it’s a light article that doesn’t require as much energy.

I switched to a notebook computer (17″ MacBook Pro) in October 2006 and now it’s my main computer. Although I do have a few desktop computers, I much prefer my portable notebook. :-)

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