I am stuck in the Groundhog Day conundrum! How to escape??

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I think it's the blank space out there...

the silence.

the short jaunts back to the same place.

the abandoned streets and no traffic

I don't know about everybody else here, but it is finally starting to get to me.

At first I thought: this can't really be that big of a problem.  you just sit at home or in an empty office, shuffle around with some 'work' and then wait for the light at the end of the tunnel.

what the HEY is going on??
I can definitely see how those who have a minimum of human interaction must be totally losing it at this point...

Oh yes, I SEO, I write blogs, I check a few websites of 'significance', I may even move ahead with some things that are quite stuck right now.

I started sketching again.  Something I haven't done (without reimbursement) since college days.

It is still difficult because it forces me to create without a client or objective.  Just to do it.


Just Do It.

Nike had something going there.

I think a lot of empty unfilled time slots can either be wasted or you can do something (I hate to say this phrase...) "out of the box?"
When was the last time you just started spitballing ideas for things that you weren't even asked to consider or think about??

You could rethink your entire career or try to plan for the next week, month, etc.

Planning ahead drives me crazy and at this time, in this situation, planning seems like almost a waste because who knows HOW this whole thing is going to pan out.

Planning ahead means making assumptions.

You can plan as normal, assuming that things will be exactly as they were two months ago.

Or you can work out hundreds of outcomes and plan for each case.

This, to me, seems like a complete waste of effort.

If you are cerebral, maybe you should work with your hands.

If you are hands-on, maybe you should start pondering...

I just start each day as normal and after a few hours realize things are really not changing.



I am binge eating two scoops of highly salted potato chips (you know: Classic Lays)-- followed by a couple of scoops of Haagen Dazs, I cross out huge chunks of empty days on my real calendar (more effective to see what has gone by than a digital deletion).

I run around with shirt and tie, but no slacks, I need a haircut...

I want to go back to the old 'normal'.  I miss movies and dinners, hand shakes, milk shakes, seeing people having fun together, buying lotto tickets, not having to wear masks, etc.

Things don't seem 'real' out there.


It takes me half the time to drive to the office and back.  Absolutely no traffic and no slow downs even during 'rush hour'.

Rush hour through downtown Orlando looks like the acts of a lunatic minority speeding around frantically to exactly whence they came.  WHAAA???

The emails are sparse, the texts are between friends more than clients, the memes are getting tiring.

What to do, what to do?
And if I DO something that was on a list for the last few years and finish it, THEN what???

OK, I am looking for some answers here!!

The news is repetitive, I am tired of watching TV from 5 til 11.

One COULD be helpful to others.

We delivered some TP and paper towels to an elderly neighbor around the corner.
Seeing a smile and a light in her eyes was probably enough.

Enough to keep me going.

Maybe enough to keep us all going.

Think 'beyond your box' and see what might be done to help others less fortunate.

Having time on your hands is a terrible thing to waste...


not knowing what a simple two day or two-week future will bring is mind-numbing



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

workout..... powerwalk.... pushups..... squats.... crunches.... twice a day.... 

Apr 16, 2020 01:25 PM #1
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

aaaarrgggghhhhh.... you want me to be healthy and strong!!!  aaaauugggggghhh

Thank you, Barbara Todaro !!!   I DO walk doggies three times a day now.

Apr 16, 2020 02:06 PM #2
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I get it, John - our shelter-in-place was the earliest I believe, March 16, one full month ago. I've now developed a "new normal" schedule--it helps to stick to a routine. Every afternoon my husband and I take a good walk/hike--today's was two hours through the most crowded, densely populated parts of San Francisco (Chinatown, North Beach, the financial district and along the Embarcadero.) It was an eerie experience -- I'll likely write a post about it.

Apr 16, 2020 06:09 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning John.

The natives around my area are getting restless.  I suspect our Governor will lift what limited bans are in place, soon 

Apr 17, 2020 02:08 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Well, yeah, not knowing when we can get back to "normal" makes planning for the future, even for next week, difficult!

I've been just focusing on what I can do, in terms of work. I'm working on my website/new community pages when I feel like it. I'm working through a training program when I feel like it. I'm compiling information for a new designation I earned recently, when I feel like it. I'm keeping in touch with leads, again, when I feel like it. I'm finding some days I have more motivation and some I don't. So I'm just going with the flow.

I'm spending at least an hour a day making a scrumptious dinner. So that takes some time!

And I'm making a point of spending several hours a day outside. Taking walks. Working on our property (it's a new home, so we have lots of work to do in terms of cleanup/landscaping). 

Oh, and I seriously limit access to news. 15 minutes in the morning, 1/2 hour at night and that's more than enough.

Life is a bit constrained right now and it's a pain in the butt.

Apr 17, 2020 06:24 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Even without this virus stuff going around, a good routine will often feel like a scene from Groundhog Day, haha.

Apr 17, 2020 07:34 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello John - I think there can be a certain randomness applied to routine activities.  I "mix it up".  Of course, I am prone to "mess it up" as well.  On more than one occasion, the two combine.  Yes, it starts all over.  Again.  And Again.  That reminds me of a Yogi Berra quote about deja vu. Or was it Yogi Bear.  I digress...

Apr 17, 2020 09:20 AM #7
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Brian England   A rigid routine, normal, can also drive you crazy.  Gotta carve yourself a hole in the box!!  Thanks

Apr 17, 2020 09:24 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

My engineering job has kept on ticking as regular, just from home.  It's different not going in for the last 5 weeks, and at least another 2-3 weeks before going in.  Real estate activity (outside) the home has slowed, but still keeping busy.

Apr 17, 2020 04:50 PM #9
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

For many of us I think this new routine is not much different but there are breaks that we take that are now not available: movies, dining out, friends over, etc.  So you keep coming back to the basic stuff and it can get old.  Slowing 'traffic' also evident with uncertainty in the minds of many.  Loss of jobs in certain income levels affect buying.  Thanks, Liz and Bill Spear 

Apr 18, 2020 04:48 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi John- it's tough but we're making headway. What about a drive somewhere? Cocoa Beach? Since I can't have my family over for dinner, I bake and cook for them and drop them off at their door. 

Apr 25, 2020 11:57 AM #11
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