I don’t know about all of you, but getting dressed for the work from home life has been quite the experience. My outfits are the equivalent to a mullet. I’ll all business from the waist up (complete with a “dressy top”, jewellery and semi clean hair) and nothing but comfort from the waist down (yoga pants or joggers, and my “indoor shoes”). It was this realization that led me to create the “personal uniform” writing prompt for Episode 2 of #MsMcLauchlanWrites.
After a bit of research, I stumbled upon the concept of decision fatigue and why innovators like Steve Job and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same style of clothing everyday. For Jobs it was a black turtle neck, Dad jeans and black runners and Zuckerberg wears similar uniform of a grey t-shirt and jeans. In a world of walk-in closets, I started to wonder: how many of us suffer from decision fatigue before we even leave our bedrooms? And how could we reduce the amount of minuscule daily decisions we make, in order to make space for impactful thinking?
It was from here the idea of the personal uniform and today’s writing prompt was born; if you had to design a personal uniform, one outfit suitable for the next year of you life, what would it be? And why? As an added extension to this prompt, sketch out and label the parts of your personal uniform. I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with.
If you’d like to see the entire “write with me” video on this prompt, see below.