Working from Home Made Better During a Pandemic

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

In the past I have written about the positive aspects of working from home. However, at the time of those writings, we certainly weren’t dealing with a pandemic which mandated we do so. There were no quarantine or “stay-at-home” orders. What is different now, from then, you may be asking? One thing I am noting is a change in perspective, brought on by events outside our doors. This can have mental effect, because working from home isn’t a choice currently. It may be a feeling we’re imprisoned.

There have been a few small changes I’ve made in recent days, which have uplifted my current “work from home” outlook. For example, my home office has my desktop computer station against a wall, with my back to a window. These last several days, I have preferred to work from my laptop placed on the dining area table, which looks out to pleasant backyard views. I’m more content there. The beautiful springtime outdoors are more part of my reality.

If there is any silver-lining to current circumstances, it has been in the gas savings and commute time. I happened to glance at my last gas station receipt a couple days ago. I had traveled just 97.3 miles in the last 5 weeks. I was shocked! In the past, I had averaged well over 500 miles in a month. Fortunately, technology has progressed to a point offering considerable independence and escape from the old idea that we are required to travel to a remote office, to conduct work or business. Imagine if this pandemic had occurred in 2000 with less technology available.

To successfully convert to using a home office, one simply needs to redefine how business has been done in the past. And, come to the realization of how much may be gained while using a home office?  There are a number of reasons in addition to a pandemic lockdown, which mandates we work from home. There may be family reasons, like cutting daycare costs and leaving a lighter carbon footprint on the planet. 

Still others may realize they are more productive not only from savings in commute times, but also because the home workplace "may" be quieter, with less interruption - thus allowing for more work to be accomplished.  This may not always be the case if there are small children in the home, however.

Because there can be less stress working from home, those who make the decision, may find themselves more successful and capable of staying in the job or business for the longer haul. For many of us, I suspect we will take advantage of this time to explore the latest advances in technology, which makes working from home advantageous and pleasant!

 

Stay Safe and Stay Well!


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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Myrl.. I've been working from a home office for almost 21 years... nothing much has changed for me in this regard. From my perspective, we've had to deal with enough changes that not having to deal with the shock of working at home is a plus for me.

Apr 18, 2020 05:37 AM #5
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Working from home is our usual method, so that has not changed for us either. I can sit at my computer and gaze at the trees and birds, so it's all good from my perspective. ;) 

Apr 18, 2020 07:24 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Nina Hollander - Like you, I've had a home office for many years.  What has changed recently, is the feeling of incarceration rather than the freedom of working from home.  Fortunately, there are things we can do to alleviate those feelings.  And, fortunately, technology has advanced over the last 20 years or so! What we are capable of doing from a home office is amazing! 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Like I mention in my previous comment to Nina, the only thing that has really change that I have noticed is the feeling of forced incarceration, rather than personal choice with working at home.  I know it is all for the best, and that it won't last forever, and that is a good thing.

Apr 18, 2020 07:52 AM #7
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, Myrl, for sharing your home stay experience.

I have not used my car since March 13.

Apr 18, 2020 09:12 AM #8
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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The beauty of a laptop is I can sit anywhere. I have a basement office with no windows. This is perfect for working on listings and contracts/offers. I prefer to sit on our deck when working emails, blogs and correspondence. (Weather permitting)

For the last three years my office has been more fluid thus my attitude has soared...

Happy Saturday Myrl Jeffcoat 

Apr 18, 2020 12:05 PM #9
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Myrl,

So glad you are enjoying working from home.  We had our car serviced for the 30,000 miles service at the end of March at 29,900 miles.  I do not think that we have made it to the actual 30,000, yet.  A

Apr 18, 2020 12:11 PM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Myrl,

I pressed post way before I was done writing.  We love working  from home, and we have always enjoyed doing it.  AT one point we had an office space in a Class A building and a view of the ocean.  I still have a peek of the ocean..and sometimes we work with a view of the garden, or we sit outside and work.  A

Apr 18, 2020 12:15 PM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Roy Kelley - It has been odd to watch how few of my neighbor's cars move from their driveways recently. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I tend to work in my office if I'm writing blogs.  I don't need any distraction.  However, like you, for correspondence, email or just internet surfing, I prefer other places around my home or yard.

Apr 18, 2020 12:34 PM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - And, you live close enough to the ocean that you can take a break and walk near it as well!

Apr 18, 2020 12:35 PM #13
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George Souto
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Myrl I have worked from home for many years, but even though I have done that for a long time, this does feel different.  My mind set is definitely affect by whether it is by choice or not.

Apr 18, 2020 12:51 PM #14
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Myrl- I've worked from home now for many years. What's changed is that many years ago, I felt I needed to have the appearance that I worked in an actual office outside the home. Now, no one cares!

Apr 18, 2020 03:10 PM #15
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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I have worked from home starting back in 1999 when I found it was more productive and positive and with many less unwanted distractions.  A big double window in our home office allows connection with nature and views = pleasant breaks from the phone and computer:) Great post Myrl!

Sincerely,

 

Grace

Apr 18, 2020 03:26 PM #16
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Myrl--I have been working from my home office for many years. It is interesting to see how few of my colleagues seem to have a home office from looking at their backgrounds in Zoom meetings.
The worst ones are when they are holding their phones up to connect to Zoom and it keeps jiggling around!

Apr 19, 2020 08:02 AM #17
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I took a break from writing on my blog for days, and came here, in sequence to the comments received on my post today. I'm reading yours for the first time and isn't it odd, or is it osmosis that is lingering in our new, invisible air contaminated by COVID-19 that having no choice but to shelter-in-place has changed so many mindsets about the way we do business? My shift changed before I was introduced to my first Zoom. It was about the same time I took my laptop to my kitchen table, opened up the backdoor and kitchen window to listen to the birds while I used my computer. Suddenly, the experience became more meaningful. Oh, so many changes. More to come. This is history in the making. I want to compare our stories a year from now here on ActiveRain to see how much we've changed. May the power of meaningful insights be with you always. 

Apr 19, 2020 10:12 AM #18
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Will Hamm
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Hello Myrl, Times are getting interesting in our business and we are all looking for different ways of doing things.

 

Apr 19, 2020 11:53 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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Good Monday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 20, 2020 07:45 AM #20
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
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It is the little changes for sure.  I have faced my desk toward the window also and I am loving it.  I think whatever brings you happiness and positivity is the most important thing right now.  Hope that you have a wonderful Monday!

Apr 20, 2020 08:32 AM #21
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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
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Myrl

I too have been working from a home office for the last 8 years. Prior to moving here, I had open windows both no special view. Since moving, I keep the blinds closed for the window looks into a common area but do get tons of morning sunlight,

I really liked reading the comments here especially Patricia's. Though I have been a bit of a homebody lately and loner, this is beginning to wear on me. I have started walking for the first time in many years and it helps.

Who knows how long this will last but in the end, we will come away changed. What the effect of that change will definity be interesting to see.

you friend, cheers cvc

Apr 22, 2020 08:09 AM #22
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I wish I could take my computer and move it so I could enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Apr 23, 2020 09:48 AM #23
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - You are adapting well!  That is wonderful.  I am outside a lot in my garden now because of the weather. I get to do this more now and I love it.  I have an office at home which I use most of the time.  I am also blessed to have my own office at CB, but I rather work from home.  There are no real big work changes for me.  

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