I’ve been working from home for longer than I want to remember. Things tend to blur from one day to the next, from one week to the other, from month-to-month, and dare I say it, between years. When you have a home office, the daily ritual of getting dressed for work can slip by the wayside.

Never mind those fancy shoes and tie, just slip on the fuzzy slippers.

While a commute from the kitchen to the spare room may seem like an impossible dream for most folks, it’s a reality for millions of home workers around the world.

I can’t remember the last time I had to go to the dry cleaners, but I have gone through a few pairs of fuzzy slippers over the years.

This, as it turns out, is not a good thing.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to get out of the fuzzy slippers and into a pair of real shoes.

The gut test of time has proven the point: I’m far more productive while wearing real shoes. With socks.

I have a theory, based on years of (highly) informal research …

The ritual of finding a pair of socks (even if they’re not matching), putting them on, and slipping on those shoes (rarely with laces, thank you), is a trigger that tells the mind a work day has begun.

Sitting at your desk while wearing a pair of fuzzy slippers sends an internal message that you’re not really at work and encourages a wandering mind.

I may avoid wearing a tie at every opportunity, but I’m happy to save the fuzzy slippers for those times when I’m truly not at work …