How To Be A Productive Realtor If You're Too Sick To Leave The House

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How To Be A Productive Realtor If You're Too Sick To Leave The House. Yes, I am a Realtor and I am sick. Sick enough that I most likely can't leave the house for at least a week. Maybe longer. 

I have the Chicken Pox. Seriously. The Chicken Pox.

 i feel like crud

While I feel sort of okay most of the time, I look like a horror movie. Chicken Pox all over my face. Yuck. Eye swollen shut. Double Yuck. And since I feel sort of okay most of the time (except when I am itching horrifically and/or feeling like I'm gonna pass out), I can feel like climbing the walls when I get bored with all this "OMG I have the chicken pox" stuff. 

So, I am compiling a list of things I can do to stay productive, still service my clients, and stay on track with my all-important prospecting activities. I hope this helps you if YOU ever come down with a dreaded, inconvenient case of chicken pox or other illness that keeps you confined even if you don't feel too terrible. 

Top Ten Things I've Been Doing To Stay Productive Even If I Am Sick And Can't Leave The House

  1. Handwritten Notes - My goal has always been to send 5 hand-written notes a week to past clients and people I've run into lately. Unfortunately, I am behind with that goal. By the time I can venture out again, I will be all caught up.
  2. Website Tweaking - Laying on the sofa and feeling miserable, I am surfing the net and checking up on my websites to make sure they are up to date and looking fresh.
  3. Holiday Cards - I'm getting a head start on addressing my Holiday cards that I usually send to past and current clients and customers. No rushing at the last minute for me this year!
  4. Webinars, webinars, webinars. I definitely have time to attend webinars and actually stay until the end.
  5. Clean up my contacts. Get rid of anybody I haven't contacted in years - and anybody that makes me think to myself "Who the hell IS this?"
  6. Clean out my Inbox. Need I say more? Everybody's Inbox is a mess, mine too.
  7. Research old Expired Listings - Some days it's hard enough to keep up with the daily expireds, let alone old ones. But I know from previous times, old expireds can be a gold mine. I just can't visit them until I no longer look like a freak show.
  8. Tweak Your Business Plan - Okay, don't lie. Most of you don't actually have a business plan, but if you do, September is a great time to see if it needs tweaked to get fall and early winter business. 
  9. Pick Up The Phone - There's no better thing to do to get business than to pick up the phone. I am starting with the A's and ending with the Z's. I'm gonna tell the truth and say, "I am down with the Chicken Pox and can't leave the house, so thought I'd call everyone I know and ask for sympathy." No, seriously, I don't even have to tell them I'm sick. Just touch base and ask for referrals. 
  10. Blog - Need I say more?

i still feel like crud

Also possibilities for the list are the following, which aren't very productive:

  • Craigslist
  • ebay
  • Amazon
  • online catalogues
  • facebook
  • junk food
  • video games
  • re-runs of The Vampire Diaries

If you're gonna pick only one thing from the Top Ten list, I would suggest Handwritten Notes. You can write them and address them and still watch re-runs of The Vampire Diaries.


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Comments (44)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hope you feel better soon! This is a wonderful list.

Aug 26, 2013 08:54 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope you will feel better soon. You do have a positive attitude which is great.

Aug 26, 2013 09:15 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Feel better soon, Dee! I've heard that chicken pox is much more severe in adults than in children - glad to see you're making the best of it!

Aug 26, 2013 10:07 PM
Matt Kombrink
RE/MAX All Pro - Saint Charles, IL
Your #1 Source For Real Estate

Dee, sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather.  Love your list though.  There are in fact a ton of things that can be done away from the office, especially in this age of technology where getting it done can be accomplished anywhere!

Aug 26, 2013 10:21 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Hope you are feeling better.  Your list is a good one whether you are sick or well. 

Aug 26, 2013 10:46 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Dee, hopefully keeping busy will take your mind off of having Chicken Pox. Good list and get well soon!

Aug 26, 2013 11:02 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

That must be awful! Sorry you're sick Dee :( But keep busy, throw in some time for that second list of yours and you'll be better before you know it.

No scratching!

Aug 26, 2013 11:36 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

These are all great things to do when you are sick, Dee.  I sure hope you feel better soon and shake those chicken pox!  

Aug 26, 2013 11:47 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Oh Dee... not a fun thing for you. My best wishes for you to get better. Looks like you have a good plan to keep yourself sane. And blogging, including staying in touch with your AR friends is a great thing to do.

Aug 27, 2013 12:10 AM
Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty

I don't usually do lump responses to comments, so please forgive me for the rudeness, but hopefully you'll understand it is only due to feeling like crud at the moment!

Thank you everyone for the warm wished on a speedy recovery. 

I am glad so many of you found my post and subsequent list helpful for just about any time you need a good smack on the rear to get busy and DO SOMETHING. Here's hoping that I will follow my own advice to the end of this scratchy predicament I'm in. Fall is usually my busiest time of the year, so I am freaking out that I can't go door-knocking on expireds for probably another 7-10 days! Ahhhhhhhh!

To Barry - Your mom reminds me of my own. I actually had a mild case of chicken pox when I was around 5 years old. In fact, my then 3 year old brother and newborn (less than a week old) brother also had it. I swear my mother did it intentionally! My brother who was newborn got it again when he was 18. I remember all of this because I remember my mother through the years telling the story of how we three got the CP and the doctor had to make a HOUSE CALL!

Aug 27, 2013 12:51 AM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Great things to do when you are homebound. Get well soon.

Aug 27, 2013 01:22 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Dee, I hope you feel better soon!  This is a great list of tips for real estate professionals who are stuck at home!

Aug 27, 2013 01:41 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine RealtorĀ®

I'm home most the time ... 90% of what I do happens at home, so I'm very farmiliar with your list.  Most my time is spent tweaking websites - I use websites to generate leads for other Agents.

Aug 27, 2013 02:21 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

Great list and I pray you feel better.  Not only for staying home and being sick, but this is a list for a non-active day, especially once Winter is upon us, those cold dreary winter days are still yet to come (Snow Day).  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 27, 2013 02:24 AM
Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
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Thanks Dee. This looks like my plan for school snow days! Feel better!
Aug 27, 2013 02:44 AM
Christine Farkas
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Awesome Customer Service Experience

You're so productive!! Staying busy is the cure for the stir craziness. Catch up on some sleep, Get Better Soon!!!

Aug 27, 2013 03:36 AM
Paul Collier
Patriot Home Mortgage - Huntington Beach, CA
Paul Collier

Feel better soon! I'll take your suggestions for doing on rainy days, lazy days, vacations, etc--and when I'm sick, too!

Aug 27, 2013 03:54 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Dee, I had the chicken pox when I was a child and can't even imagine how uncomfortable it would be now. Hope you're feeling better in a week. Those are all great things to work on while out of commission.

Aug 27, 2013 08:14 AM
Deb McNeill
Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Feel better soon!

Great list! It's also good for a day when an agent wants to have a quiet day and still be productive.

Aug 28, 2013 03:04 AM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Dee, I hope you feel better soon. I had chicken pox when I was a teen. I still remember the feeling. Miserable. Great list of things to do while sick. Handwritten notes are a good thing to do all the time.

Aug 30, 2013 09:43 PM