For those of us who work from a home office, getting presentable can present some serious challenges.
Having a home office makes it miiiighty easy to start work while still in our pajamas. We might stop by the coffee pot on the way to the office, or maybe even do a quick bit of exercise, but most of us find ourselves answering emails before we make it into the shower.
And, before you know it, it’s noon and – there you are – a HOT MESS in the middle of the day.
The fact is, it’s just too easy to start working before you go through a full beauty routine – even if that routine is only a shower, a quick wisp of mascara and yoga pants.
So, instead of working in your jammies, or dragging out your routine between emails and calls, here is a better solution:
First: decide and commit.
You may not be able to do the full sha-bang every day, but, on days that you do, commit to getting ready before you start work. This way, you can actually start your day nicely made up – instead of working with your hair in a towel.
Alternatively, on days that you decide you’re not going to put on a full face, hair and outfit, have some non-pajama “back-ups” and an established minimum beauty routine. For me, it’s foundation, blush, mascara and lip gloss.
(I feel like that should be an acronym. EMBR – Established Minimum Beauty Routine.)
Just don’t work in your pajamas please, or whatever you slept in. There’s just no way you’re convincing me you can rule your world in stinky, flannel pants.
So, homework. Take a moment to identify your backup wardrobe – what you’ll wear on days when you’re not fully getting ready. Make it something comfortable, but presentable enough to run errands in.
And establish your EMBR.