This week I’ve been experimenting and pulling out an old tactic that I used in school. I always dressed my best (no prom dresses but I looked darn cute) on testing days or any day when I had to be my absolute best. Now as a writer working from home and a dance teacher the temptation to not stray from my old college t-shirts and yoga pants or dance attire often wins out to anything that makes me feel “dressed up.” So I’ve been making a point to wear normal clothes when writing and I’m seeing how it impacts my productivity.
But halfway through the week I had a thought. If I’m going to conduct this experiment I should take it all the way old school style. It only seems fitting, as it was when I was in school that I found how what I wore did affect my academic success.
Do you remember the scientific method we used in science classes?
Question: Does what I wear affect my writing?
Research: I found this to make a difference when I was in school.
Hypothesis: I believe that dressing for work even though I work at home will make a difference in how productive I am.
Experiment: To give actual data to the experiment I am tallying up my daily word count on the days I “dress up” as well as the days I wear around-the-house attire. I’ll also write a paragraph each day describing how I felt while working.
Analyze: I’ll look at my word count and testimony from each day.
Communicate: I’ll blog about my progress and of course share the results.
So here we go! Anyone else want to partake in this project? Has anyone done this or how do you feel your attire affects your work?