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Chic from Home: Fashion vs. Comfort – What to wear to your home office

Fashion versus comfort – What to wear to your home office

Working from home definitely has its advantages, but there are a steady stream of challenges as well. Surprisingly, one issue that crops up time and again is what to wear to your home office!

In general, corporate office attire has become more casual over the decades although some companies still require strict adherence to a formal suit and tie dress code. Casual clothing in the workplace has swung so far away from professional attire that some people opt to up their game in the fashion department because they realize dressing well for work makes them feel better and co-workers give them more respect. Your physical appearance, after all, is the first way people form an opinion of you.

Regardless of how you dressed when you actually left the house for a job, once you work from home you have total control over your wardrobe selections. And, depending on your circumstances, it can vary widely from day to day and may change significantly over time.

I know many people who work from home and their daily fashion habits run the gamut from rolling out of bed, grabbing a cup of coffee and working in their pajamas to full-on hair, makeup and business casual outfit. The current trend of athleisure wear lies somewhere between pajamas and casual dress, so if you truly get to stay home all day, you can look a bit more together in your hoodie and compression capris. However, at some point you will encounter the outside world. Ask yourself, if you have to open the door for a delivery or run out for coffee, do you want to be known as the lady in the pink pajamas?

So, how do you decide what is best for you? Here are some suggestions.

  1. Dress casually. If you have an opportunity to have one or two really casual days of just sitting in your office to work, then enjoy yourself. How casual you go depends on your circumstances. If you live alone, it’s your option. If you’re married or have children, you’ll probably at least need to get dressed lest you encounter negative comments from your spouse or kids.
  2. Dress fashionably. If you are a social media devotee, you’ll probably have to do hair and makeup on a daily basis. If you’re a fashion blogger, I suspect you look forward to it! Also, if you do video webinars or meetings, not only will you need to look good but all the surroundings that appear on screen will need to entice as well.
  3. Dress professionally. If you attend a number of meetings outside of your home, I would suggest dressing professionally unless that’s deemed taboo in your industry. Professional dress shines a positive light on you, and your main purpose for being a business owner is to make money and be successful.
  4. Dress for you. If it makes you feel good to always look your best, it doesn’t matter what others are doing in their home offices, it just matters how you feel.

Your relationship with your personal work environment and wardrobe will likely evolve as you define yourself as a business owner. Whatever makes you feel your good will reflect in your business.

How do you like to dress for your home office?

Enjoy!

Cindi

Chic from Home: My 2017 Planner Setup Part 4

This is the last of my three main planners I’ll be using for 2017, but I’ll still do one or two more posts on other items that will be part of my system for the year. I’ll touch base mid-year or so to see how all this is going as this is the first year I’m going the binder route. You can read my previous posts to see the setup of my other 2017 planners.

My third planner is my notes binder where I organize all thoughts Cindi. As a writer and entrepreneur, these notes are crucial! I recognized at an early age that when you have an idea, you need to write it down, lest it disappear into the cosmos never to be heard from again. I remember finding thoughts written in orange crayon on blue cardstock as a child, and I’ve kept it up ever since. The writing down part, not the orange crayon.  🙂

Over the years, I’ve used sections of my old Daytimer, legal pads, composition notebooks, notepads and virtually anything I can get my hands on in a hurry, from the back of envelopes to ticket stubs and show programs, to jot things down as they come up. Oftentimes, my brain will just dump idea after idea for several different projects, and they get written down one after the other with no coordinated effort to separate by project. Eventually, I transfer the info to notes files on my computer, but I have to jump from file to file as the notes are all over the place.

Well, hopefully, that has now changed. I decided I wanted to use my LV MM monogram agenda in the special way that it deserves. It will now house my forthcoming ideas, but in a more organized fashion.

I ordered some custom dividers from The Fabulous Planner using images owned by my company. Some are logos, others are designs from that part of my life when I had a bridal gown design business. The designs are mine but I paid someone who is far more skilled than I to make them beautiful. The images were just sitting around and I decided I wanted to be inspired by and enjoy them. So, I incorporated them into the dividers.

Each divider has a specific category of projects, identified both on the divider image and on the tab. I just used a Brother label maker to label the tabs. (Brother P-Touch PT-D210 Label Maker)

I tend to use two and three-letter acronyms a lot when I’m working on projects, so that’s exactly what you see here. Except for Blog. That’s pretty obvious. 🙂

Since I set this up, I’ve been using it daily. I automatically reach for it because I know it’s making my life easier by keeping all my notes organized. I don’t understand why I didn’t think of this before! I’ll still transfer the notes to my computer, but it will take less time because they are already separated by project. This little agenda makes me happy!

I don’t plan to keep anything else in here – no calendars, no clips or dashboards or anything. It will just be for ideas and that’s more than enough.

Enjoy!

Cindi

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Chic from Home: My 2017 Planner Setup Part 1

 

My 2017 Planner Overview Part 1

My journey to finding planner peace has been a long and circuitous one. Have I reached planner nirvana? I’m not sure, but I think 2017 should be close. Check back in a few months to see how it’s going.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let me give you a brief overview of my 2017 planner setup. I’ll post more detailed blogs on the three (yes, three!) main planners in the next few days. If we’re lucky, at some point soon I may even do a setup video. 🙂

This past year, I’d been using the Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP) and quite enjoyed it for the most part. However, I really wanted to try a binder system as there were many custom inserts I saw on Etsy, in a planner group or wanted to create myself that would not work in that format. I spent hours outlining what I needed in order to achieve maximum productivity. So, 2017 will be the year of the binder!

I’ll be using three main planners with three (or more) minor ones for now. Each has a distinct purpose and if I utilize them correctly, this setup should keep me happy. I may add, adjust or subtract items as time goes on, but that’s the joy of a binder or disc planner. You can make changes whenever you like.

Here’s a quick overview of my planner setup for 2017:

  1. A5 Original Filofax Deep Teal – This will be the main workhorse for the year, housing calendars by week and by month.
  2. Louis Vuitton Monogram MM Agenda – This sweet baby will keep notes and ideas well organized until I want to use them.
  3. A5 Original Filofax Nude Patent – I’ll be trying my version of the 43 folder GTD system this year. Mine is actually 55, but who’s counting?
  4. Personal Filofax Purple Patent – I’m keeping this handy to use for specific project plans.
  5. Personal Punctuate Planner from Barnes & Noble – This will be a list holder.
  6. Mini Binder – I think I’ve finally found a way to organize my stickers!

As I’d never used a binder system before, the Filofaxes and LV were purchased preloved. They’re all in fantastic condition and I was very grateful to save some money!

I’ll do individual blog posts on the first three, and a combined post for the last three. If I add any more, I’ll let you know!

Thanks for reading and I hope that something I’ve utilized in my planner setup will help you to find planner peace.

Enjoy!

Cindi