There are three reasons for this. First, I think it's important to "put on the uniform" for work. When you work from home, you need some habits that keep you in the work mode and away from the kitchen, television, laundry, and other "home" things that want attention. Second, I have long held that you should dress as well as anyone you might meet today. So, if I end up at lunch or on a video call, I'll be ready.
Third, I'm just built that way. There's some indefinable element that simple IS who I am.
A few days ago, I posted My 1,000th Blog Post. When I look at the changes that have taken place in the last six years, I know that I am not the person I used to be. I am not the business person I used to be. Some quirky things are the same, but much has changed.
Early this year I realized that I was referring to myself as an author. And a speaker. And a blogger.
That's hard for me. I've been doing some level of tech support since 1983. I've done it professionally since 1993. I've been to the top of the Microsoft mountain for certifications. I still work as an IT consultant and have client roadmap meetings scheduled every week.
But I no longer define myself as a computer consultant first.
I am a writer, a speaker, and a blogger. Most of my income flows from writing, speaking, and blogging. My competence - my subject matter - is technical. So I have that background and maintain that connection. But my identity has evolved.
None of this may matter to the rest of the world, but I want to acknowledge to myself my identity has changed. Very few people actually make a living writing, speaking, and blogging. I am very lucky. And I love what I do.