Many teams are working online and beginning week 2 of their work from home schedules. Some companies are on week 3 and comfortably getting into the routine. Our Highlands Ranch property management office is closed physically, but we have not stopped working one day since the stay in place order. Thankfully a majority of our business is possbile remotely. Those of you going into week 2 will need to stay healthy, hopefully and productive, and these tips should help you get into the swing of things. Companies on week 3 are largely in stride now, but it can’t hurt to stay connected to best practices while many change their daily life and schedule. The key word there is schedule. You need to keep your schedule no matter what. You need to create one if you have not already and you need to be more rigid to it then you would be on a “normal” workday. Your clock in and clock out hours can be blurred, due to not having to drive into work, or you are readily available at times you normally aren’t. Be sure to figure out how long you need to be working during the day, and how flexible you need to be for other items. If you need to take a walk during the day, but between 5-6pm you get most high priority calls done, you can make your schedule how it needs to be to have optimal performance throughout the day. The better you can emulate what your work week was, the better you and your clients will adapt to this change.
If you haven’t already set up your home office, you need to do that right now. Stop reading and go set up a corner or a spare bedroom into your workspace. The home office is mission critical going forward, as your homework environment must seem like your office work environment. Spending time at home and working at home, while not doing anything socially with other people or locations means that work/life balance will seem nonexistent. To be able to separate your workspace from the rest of your house allows you to walk in and begin working immediately, while in the right headspace, and then “clock out” when it is time to stop for the day. Bonus points if you have a home office, as you can simply close the door and rejoin your family and pets once the workday concludes. If you can only be working when you are in this space, you will keep your days constructive. Unproductivity can creep in quickly when you separate from a scheduled approach to the day. The better you stay on top of everything, the easier the workdays will be.
Blue Olive Properties is still providing Highlands Ranch property management during this time. Please email our office for any communication and we will be sure to get back to you.