That escalated quickly!
We went from wash your hands to schools are closed for 6 weeks and we are all supposed to work from home and avoid social situations. You know things are getting serious when Disneyland closes!
It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I am incredibly grateful right now that the real estate market is so strong.
The question, though, is how are you going to manage this, and keep your year on track? Managing a changing schedule for a week of snow days is one thing. Keeping things moving forward when the kids are home for the next 6 weeks?
Here are some ideas to keep you on track whether or not you have kids at home:
- Stay in observation mode. Try not to go down the rabbit hole of fear and scarcity. Trust that you will be okay and things will work out.
- Know that some days will be off days. With the boys home I already know that virus or not, some days we are going to crush it and some will be a complete mess when it comes to getting things done. And that’s okay. Some days are meant for cookie baking and Netflix.
- Stay engaged. Whatever that means for you. Make phone calls, go out to dinner, shop at a local business to support them. Isolation isn’t good for anyone.
- Stay grateful! Gratitude is your best defense – always. Focusing on the things that you are grateful for will keep you going in the right direction.
- Find ways to enjoy the space and shift. We had family dinner for the first time in months yesterday. Usually the boys are off at practices in the evenings. It was really nice to laugh and catch up with everyone.
Know that this time will be what you make it. During last years Snowmagedon, some agents (me included) wrote the time off as down time and didn’t sell much, if any real estate. Others had their busiest month ever. My sense is this will be the same way. Right now there is business to be done – if you show up for it.
It will be interesting to see where we are a year from now. There is no doubt that this virus will have a deep and lasting effect on all of us. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all bad, or that you need to shut your business down.
Stay safe, do what feels right for you, but commit to staying engaged.
To your success!