Why I’m Going to Get Dressed Tomorrow—And Strongly Urge You to Do the Same


Sylvie Venuto

Rather than wearing pajamas to online glasses, I will pick out clothes that I normally wear to school. Staff photo: Sylvie Venuto.

Sylvie Venuto, Assistant News Editor

There is nothing I would like more than to wake up five minutes before my advocacy FaceTime, roll out of bed and open my computer tomorrow morning—but I won’t. Simply by taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast and brushing your teeth each morning of the school closure, your mind will be tricked into behaving as though you are currently at school, according to the Guardian.

“People who are not used to working in a remote location at home [fall] victim to the fact that they’re at home and they get to work in bunny slippers which they might mistake for the opportunity to sort of goof off and maybe miss some deadlines,” a CNN10 correspondent said.     

While we might not all wear “bunny slippers,” each one of us finds an air of comfort and relaxation in our pajamas or weekend clothes. 

In a study about workplace attire in correlation with performance published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants were given a white lab coat to wear, half told that it was a painter’s coat and the other half told it was a doctor’s coat. Those who were told that it was a doctor’s coat displayed a heightened sense of attention than those with the “painter’s coat.” This suggests that how a person feels about the clothes that they’re wearing has an effect on their productivity.

If this correlation between clothing and mindset is present with simply a lab coat, imagine the difference between sitting down to do school work in pajamas versus normal school clothing. By taking the extra five minutes to put on a nicer shirt and a clean pair of pants, you can transform your mind from preparing to sleep to preparing to write an essay. 

In addition to potentially harming your productivity, by wearing the same clothes all day, you pose a threat to your relaxation time. “There is a real danger of working yourself to the point of fatigue and one way of transitioning from work life to home life is to change the atmosphere,” remote global business consultant and author Phil La Duke said to NBC News. “Having a working from home wardrobe that is different from your other wardrobe is a surprisingly effective way to make this transition.”

I know that for me, on the weekends, if I don’t force myself out of bed early to do homework right away, nothing will get done for the rest of the day. Putting my sleep-deprived brain through homework results in little to no progress and a boatload of stress.

By changing your clothes in the morning to switch your mindset from sleep to school and then again in the afternoon to switch back, you increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels. Besides, do you really want the first thing that the people in your advocacy see Monday morning to be an image of your groggy, disparaged face?