When the pandemic went into full swing and governments put everyone on lock-down, you had no choice but to begin working remotely from home.
Of course, some States, Counties, and Cities were stricter than others, but everyone was affected to some degree. And in some places, your movements are still greatly restricted – either by the government or your own sense of caution.
Almost everyone has been allowed to show homes or preview listings, but only when using cautionary measures, such as masks, gloves, social distancing, etc. But then, instead of going back to the office or out to lunch with colleagues, you go back home.
So – are you loving working remotely from home it or hating it?
On the plus side…
- You aren’t spending all that time and gasoline getting to the office.
- You don’t have to dress up. However, one Active Rainer pointed out that if you dress for success, even at home, you’ll be more productive. In addition, you’ll be ready for an impromptu Zoom call!
- You aren’t wasting any time listening to office gossip or in discussions over last night’s TV shows, politics, etc. (Or do you miss that?)
- You aren’t being interrupted by Title Company reps, mortgage lenders, advertising people, and others who want to sell you their services or products.
- You’re probably saving money, because you aren’t buying expensive coffee on the way to work, or having lunch in a restaurant.
- You’re learning new ways to use technology in conducting meetings, in marketing homes, and more.
On the minus side…
- If other family members are also working or studying from home, it can be difficult to focus.
- You have other distractions – from housekeeping tasks, to your pets, to personal bookkeeping chores, to online shopping, or even to a book you want to read. Some also admit being drawn by the TV or the refrigerator.
- Friends who know you’re at home assume you “Aren’t doing anything” so feel free to call. (I know all about this one from when I started working from home 15 years ago.)
- You might miss the office chatter. It can be annoying when some insist on gossiping or discussing last night’s TV shows, but you’re also missing out on comments about new listings, upcoming price changes, marketing discussions, etc.
- Unless you have a dedicated office space, your work tools, files, etc. add clutter to your home.
How do YOU feel about working remotely from home?
Is this a situation you’d like to continue once the pandemic ends? Or are you eager to get back to the office?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. And if you’ve found good ways to cope with the interruptions, isolation, etc. – share those too!
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