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It’s a new, weird world! While most REALTORS® are used to working remotely, we understand that this might be new for the rest of you. Because of that, we thought it might be helpful to hear some of our best tips to ensure productivity while you are working from home.
The first thing we will address is space. Most people don’t need a lot of space when working from home; however, it is important when you are working from home to have some sort of “designated workspace”. We aren’t saying that you can’t work from the kitchen table. If you are limited on space and you need to work from a communal space, such as the kitchen island or table, do it. Just be sure to stay organized so that your workspace is easily moved when it is time for you or your family to use that space outside of your office hours.
If you have space to set up your own desk, we would highly recommend it. This way, you don’t have to worry about moving your office in order to eat dinner every night! If you are looking for super affordable office furniture, Ikea might be a good place to start. If you want something that will stand the test of time, we suggest looking at places like Copenhagen or Design Within Reach. All of these companies have great options for setting up a nice, workable space.
If you are looking to set up an office in a guest room, but still want to have a bed in the room, many companies including Wall Beds “n” More in Scottsdale and Chandler as well as Costco offer Murphy beds that have desks attached to them. This is a great way to maintain a guest bedroom when you need it, but have a fully functional office space the rest of the year.
If your children are at home while you are working, you may have even more obstacles to overcome than simply space! If your kids are school aged, they are probably attending school online while you are working from home. If this is the case, be sure to set them up with their own workspace as well. Companies such as Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen have some creative options for setting up work spaces for kids.
Depending on how much your child needs your help, it might take some trial and error to figure out whether you want your child’s workspace to be located close to your workspace or not. If your children are younger and require more direct supervision, it might be best to set up a play area near your workspace where your kids can play or watch television while you work. Finding time to make phone calls or set up video chats will be your greatest hurdle during this time. If you can have someone watch your children while you do these things, we suggest it; however, we know that is not always a possibility. We suggest talking with your children and setting some boundaries around appropriate conduct while you are on the phone or computer. Keep in mind, too, that lots of people are working from home at this point in time, and many will be more sympathetic to your situation than they might normally be. We are all in this boat together!
A great workspace isn’t the only thing that will help you make it through the day while working from home. Here are a few more tips on how to remain as productive as possible during this time period:
If you have questions for us about how you can thrive in a remote environment, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help! We have a team of remote working pro’s (i.e. our fabulous team of REALTORS®) on standby to help answer any questions you might have. Stay healthy!