Dress for (Productivity) Success

You’ll get more work done when you’re dressed professionally.

Shama Kabani
Shama Kabani is dressed for an important presentation.
That’s a good guideline for dressing to be productive. 

Why? Because you feel different. You feel more professional when you are dressed to match.

I even find shoes make a difference. If I’m wearing shoes, I get more done than if I’m relaxed with my shoes off. Weird, huh? But it works.

Here’s another example. I talked to an entrepreneur recently who was still getting ready for a morning shower, and this was at 3pm. Do you think that doesn’t affect productivity?

So what qualifies as professional? While that depends on the work you do, I would say this is a good guideline:

Dress like you’re attending an important business meeting or giving an important presentation. 

Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Pick one day per week. Dress for business, the more formal, the better. Work that way all day. Check your results. Then stop by and tell us how it went.

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About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.

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