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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Near Perfect Day in Isolation

Leverage team, Smith & Berg Partners, has rounded up the top tips to their perfect (socially distanced) day, beginning with coffee and ending with their favorite beverages.

While working form home, it’s easy to lose track of your daily routine. Smith & Berg Partners, the Leverage Team in Brentwood and North Santa Monica, is sharing their tips for a productive and enjoyable day. 


1. Take advantage of the fact that you have no commute. Wake up at the same time that you typically do for a work day. If you have kids, keep their morning schedule as well. 

2. Make sure to get some Vitamin D. Fit a workout into your day. Or, better yet, take a walk around the block. 

3. Dress for work each day. Wake up, shower, and dress for a day at the office. Refrain from getting in the habit of wearing sweats each day. 

4. Set up a workspace away from the mainstream of the house. Choose your own part of the home to set up your daily work space, where you can avoid distractions. 

5. Work your database. Segregate your customers and define them as idea (they believe in you and are in need of guidance and instruction), hesitant (waiting for a development and require concrete thoughts and ideas to move forward), intimidated (conservative and require demonstration), and scared (hunkered down with no movement). 

6. Find time for yourself. If you have young children and schoolwork to monitor and help with, the situation is tough! Children are your priority and we are right there with you. However, it is important to take time for yourself and to make time to keep in touch with your database.

7. Accept this situation and innovate. In this stage we are all in, the way to recover is to adapt and keep in touch. Complacency is not an option. 

8. Use technology to be face to face. Use services such as Zoom or Google Hangouts to speak to your clients and team “face-to-face” rather than over the phone. 

9. Busy times cover mistakes. Take this time to be extra detail oriented and thorough in your work.

10. Stay positive. Don't stream off CNN, FOX, or Bloomberg. Stay off the TV unless it’s positive or takes your mind away from the negative. 

11. Stay busy. 

The Smith & Berg team has found a daily schedule to stick to that optimizes productivity and helps their team members stay motivated. An example schedule that they suggest:

8:30 am – 9:00 Breakfast (not in your office space). If you can sit outside and do some of this, all the better; fresh air and sunshine do wonders

9:00 – 9:30  Check your e-mails 

9:30 – 10:45   Make calls

  • 6 clients:  Past, Present or Potential

  • 2 agents: Change it up

  • 3 family members / friends: Stay Connected

The conversation: How are you and the family? How can we help?

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee Break; take a walk with your beverage

11:00 – 12:00  Finish your calls | Check the MLS for activity for clients

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch (not in your office space)

1:10 – 1:50      Check your e-mails | Send an SBP video to 3 people to show we are working

1:50 – 2:00      Stretch and walk outside

2:05 – 2:30      Social Media Time | Comment and Share

2:30 – 3:15      Do one Market Analysis for a client you have worked with in the past, to connect with them

3:15     Reconnect with your family and work into the rest of the day/evening knowing you were productive and proactive. It feels great and you can be more present and engaged with the end of your day/evening, at home with the family--and with friends/family you may connect with (virtually) after work hours.

Images courtesy of Smith & Berg Partners.

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