Work From Home Tips

Working from home for many of us is something that we have never done before. For all of us, COVID-19 changed our way of life and now we have to adapt to a “new normal”. It can feel overwhelming losing that sense of office space and not having as much interaction with coworkers. This new normal shouldn’t feel isolating or overwhelming and give us a chance to be just as successful. If you are worried about working from home, don’t worry you are not alone, chances are others are feeling the same way! Here are some tips and tricks that can help you along the way. Create a designated workspace There are five basic strategies you can use to create your perfect space: access to natural light, comfortable temperature, good air quality, comfortable furniture, and a plan for minimizing distractions. It may seem like a lot and feel overwhelming, but it can be easy! You may not have a lot of space or you may be sharing the space with your children or significant other. It’s important to be able to get yourself in the mindset of working. So, wherever your workspace is try putting out items that remind you it’s time to work. No matter the size of your workspace put your desk near a window, so you get some natural light and try not to face just a wall, many of us think that by facing a wall we can minimize the distractions, but we are just doing the opposite. By facing the open space or window you are allowing your eyes to focus on something else besides a barrier and your imagination follows better instead of just staring at the same spot day after day. Take a Break There are times where it is going to feel like no matter what you do, you cannot focus, take a break. No matter how much you force yourself to focus on the task on hand, it won’t get done if you aren’t able to focus. Taking a break allows the mind to regroup, get the blood moving and can be a caffeine booster without drinking that extra cup of coffee. Touch base with your team Working from home can feel very isolating, especially if you are used to a lot of interaction with co-workers. Try setting time aside each week to touch base with your team and it doesn’t have to be about work. Managers can dedicate time during the workday to allow workers time to connect, share ideas and become a support system for each other. Here are a few ways to keep in touch:
  • Morning coffee breaks
  • Friendly competition
  • Involve coworkers’ families
  • Lunch breaks
Remember this is something that is going to be constantly evolving. Try different things out and share your struggles and success with your team. Take one day at a time and you’ve got what it takes to come out stronger than you were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us.

The Unexpected Slow Season

COVID-19 is here.

As the country slows down in response to this unprecedented pandemic, it can be tempting to look ahead to the coming weeks with dread or anxiety instead of seeing them as an opportunity for personal and business growth. Sure, the phone may not be ringing off the hook and your open house signs might be gathering a bit of dust there in the corner, but there is still plenty to be done.

Don’t Waste Your Time 

Take this opportunity to intentionally reflect on last year’s busy season. Or maybe it wasn’t so busy. Maybe everyone around you seemed to be basking in success while the world passed you by. Either way, spend some time thinking about what was good about the past year and which parts you’d rather not repeat. But let’s be real. Resting on our laurels don’t work, and moping over failures doesn’t help. Here’s the real question… What are you going to do to make this upcoming year better? Get ahead of the game by organizing those thoughts and turning them into goals for the future. Worksheets like this Personal Evaluation can help you focus those thoughts into something workable. Plus, if you post the worksheet up in your bedroom or office (or on your bathroom mirror!), it can be a great daily reminder to stay on track. You can use the worksheet and the following questions to guide your thoughts while taking a moment to sit and think about the past, the present, and the future and how you can make this slow season work for you.

The Past and Future

What was the worse encounter you had with a client this past year? What made it so awful? If you had a time machine and could go back, what would you do differently? What was the best encounter you had with a client in the past year? What made it so wonderful? How can you use these experiences to frame the upcoming season? What are you going to do differently to encourage more positive interactions and discourage the negative ones?

The Present

You’ve reflected on the past and maybe written down some thoughts about the future but let’s take a moment and think about the right now. Nobody saw the COVID-19 crisis coming, so plans and expectations have gone by the wayside. But you can decide right now what you’re going to do to put the year back on track. Whenever the slowdown ends, and it will, are you going to be ready for it?

#Goals 

Whatever perfection looks like for you, think of goals that get you closer to it. But take your time to create these goals. Research shows that there is a wrong way and a right way to create a goal. A goal that is too easy will not be alluring or promise much personal reward, so you probably won’t take steps to reach it, even though it might not take much effort. The same thing goes for a goal that is too difficult. Goals that you perceive to be too hard are doomed from the start. In your mind, you’ve already failed and so you don’t even attempt to take the steps necessary to reach it. Instead, choose a goal that is attainable, but challenging. Something that will provide you with a sense of accomplishment but not something that is impossible. If your perfect day includes the use of groundbreaking technology to sell more homes, don’t set a goal that requires you to become an expert in real estate software in the next five weeks. Instead, try setting a goal that gives you three weeks to review two pieces of software that you are currently unfamiliar with and then build from there. Whatever your goals, we want to help you reach them. Download this free Personal Evaluation, and let’s get to work on making the most out of this year!