PJ Days

Today I set a very specific goal: I decided to wear my pajamas for the entire day.  

This may sound arbitrary and silly, but let me tell you a secret that every freelancer knows.  Being in my pajamas means one specific thing: I didn’t leave the house today.  At all.  No photo shoots or life drawing sessions that required me to make a professional impression with my wardrobe, or even leave my bedroom.  No little errands to run to the bank or the store.  No socializing: no coffee dates or lunch with friends.  No repeating weekly commitments like ballet lessons or the gym.  Which means that I spent the whole day working on stuff that matters without interruption.  

I’m always surprised that people think my job as a model is primarily posing for artists.  Although modeling is what I’m paid for, the hours I spend posing are not what keep my business running.  Most of my work is done at home, in front of my computer.  It's email, marketing, book-keeping, budgets, scheduling, and website maintenance.  This unending behind-the-scenes work is what allows me to make my art. 

The glamorous life of a professional model.

The glamorous life of a professional model.

PJ Days are my secret weapon for overcoming this type of work.  Besides writing this post today, I’ve emptied my email inbox, worked on my new website redesign, practiced poses, booked gigs, and updated my portfolio.  PJ Days are often some of my favorite days, because they feel so productive and fulfilling.  

A large portion of what I’m able to accomplish has more to do with how I define my goals.

Now, a large portion of what I’m able to accomplish today has more to do with how I define my goals.  I made my goal “wear my pajamas for the entire day” because I knew that the outcome of that goal would be that I wouldn’t leave the house, and that I would be pulled into my work as a result.  Sometimes these incongruous goals are easier.  It’s easier for me to tell myself, “No, I can’t go do that fun thing because it would require me to put on real pants,” than to say, “No, I can’t go do that fun thing because I am making myself work ALL DAY WITHOUT END.”  

So if you want to be productive today, why don’t you join me with your own PJ Day?  I recommend starting with your favorite flannel pants.