How to Make the Most of Working from Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Blue Olive Properties, LLC RE License # 039425

In these truly unprecedented times where COVID-19 has mandated we all stay home and continue our work virtually, there are a few tips you can follow to make the most of the new situation. Our Highlands Ranch property management building has not closed yet, but we seem to be the last ones in the building. As we take the whole team online here are some of the steps we will take.

First, you and your entire team need to download the Zoom virtual meetings app. You may have heard about Zoom as many companies are now facilitating their staff meetings using this program. It is a well made video conference app which can connect multiple people to the same call, with good quality video. We recommend getting all of your team onboard with this, as you will still be able to conduct all meetings, and stay connected with all of your co-workers.

Second, keep your weekly schedules intact, and still strive to meet virtually at the same times you would normally in the office. The more you are keeping to your schedule the less disrupted the work week will seem. Keep working at the same times during the day, and start and finish in a manner consistent with your normal work weeks.

Third, you will still want to get dressed for work. This may not mean wearing a suit in your living room, but you should change out of the clothes you sleep in. It can be inviting to stay in your pajamas and robe since you will be working alone. But many people who work from home anyway say that in keeping with your schedule for the work week, getting dressed needs to be part of that routine. It can seem weird to blend your home with your work space, and many people who have trouble with work/life balance may find this even trickier. Getting dressed can motivate you to get ready for another full day of work, just at home. To be clear, you can still wear the comfy clothes best suited to your home, but just make sure it’s part of a new day’s wardrobe.

Blue Olive Properties will continue to offer Highlands Ranch property management throughout the uncertain weeks to come. We will still be operating day to day and can be reached by email at any time.

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Kevin Mackessy

(cell) 303-956-3507

(office) 303-683-2526

Blue Olive Properties


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Jim Smith
The Property Management Company - Round Rock, TX

The Property Management Company has been practicing remote operations for some time now, and continues to develop and tweak our systems so that we can eventually be 100% virtual.  Many of the tasks property managers are charged with are essential; and, we must remain open to handle the various issues that occur daily with our properties and Tenants.

Mar 25, 2020 06:16 AM #1
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kevin,
Zoom is a great app. I invested in it early in the crisis along with a few other things. 

I do think it's important to keep those schedules and dressing for work!

Mar 26, 2020 07:50 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kevin Mackessy - you point of getting dressed for work is something I follow even before this.  There needs to be work time and home time.

Mar 28, 2020 04:59 AM #3
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Working from home is something we are used to doing. Not being able to go out and show houses is different, but we'll get through this time.  I like your tips, it's easy to get distracted if you aren't disciplined about working at home. Some how, getting dressed and ready for work sets the stage. Although, I'm still wearing my robe this morning. Lol. 

Mar 28, 2020 07:29 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kevin Mackessy ,

Glad to see your post feature on Carol Williams Second Chance Saturday Series. Good advice..we've been using Zoom too..its a great app!

Mar 28, 2020 06:04 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your advice.

Have a productive spring.

Mar 29, 2020 08:49 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kevin:

I have worked at home for quite some time so no change for me, but these are great suggestions. Seems like Zoom is becoming the video conferencing technology of choice and is being used for all sorts of things - kids virtual playdates, happy hours with friends, and buyer and seller consulting, to name a few.

Be safe and be well.


Mar 29, 2020 06:07 PM #7
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