Dated: March 23 2020

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I have been self-employed for over 10 years and I work from home. Even if you are not self-employed here are some helpful tips to help you get through SHELTER IN PLACE.

1.STRUCTURE YOUR DAY: I work from home and structuring my day keeps me sain and motivated. When I started working from home in 2008 I started using technology like Google Calendars which helped me set alarms and stay on task. My order of the day is normally: waking up/make bed, prayer/meditation/coffee, workout, contact clients/newclients, Follow up calls/email, read work related news, online marketing, appointments, shut it off/decompress/& chill. I am normally off by 4pm/5pm. SCHEDULE YOUR TIME OFF. As much as you like working you need to make time for yourself, friends, and family (NOTE: Right now is not a good time to go out, this is an example). During this time off no work related things. BEDROOM NOT A WORK SPACE. This is something so important and is related to the next point of (getting ready for the day). Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. NO work, napping during the day, movies during the day, etc. I know this sounds a bit crazy, but trust me keep your room as a retreat and use it in the afternoon/evening when you are all finished, you will enjoy this space better. Lastly WORK SPACE. Many of us don’t have a home office so use your dining room table, kitchen table, desk, garage, backyard or patio as your designated work space. Stay away from the bedroom and couch for work related things TRUST ME. LOL

2.GET READY FOR THE DAY: Although we are not able to go out, get ready for the day. Trust me, sitting around in gym clothes or pajamas will make you feel lazy. So instead, wash up, shave, do your hair, make up, put on some work clothes, ETC and just stay ready, It really will go along way during this time and when 4pm/5pm hits, decompress.  

3.THE NEWS: This part is more about keeping sane. All i'm saying is don't be reactionary and maybe cut it off. With social media and constant information it can be hard to stay on track. So what I recommend is if you have to look or read news, gather your info, take it in, and then make a decision on what's going on. Friends and family send things and before I react I look at where it comes from and the studies behind the info and then make a decision. At the end of the day it's about keeping sane so cutting it off for some time helps. Read a book, go for a walk, etc.

4. STAY HOPEFUL: 100 years ago there was a huge pandemic called the Spanish Flu. doctors, scientists, and historians did a lot of research on why it spread so fast. So today we are doing everything we can based on the knowledge we have and staying home and avoiding the spread. So that's great news and you are doing your part to help. In a short while we will hopefully enjoy bbqs, pools, vacations, and the company of our loved ones. Instead of focusing on fear let's stay hopeful for the future because this will pass and all of us are going to grow.

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Alex Ortiz

I started my real estate journey in 2001 as an assistant and in 2004 earned my Real Estate License. Since then I have gone through my own buying and selling experience, became an entrepreneur in vario....

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