Every once in a while I find that working in the office isn't particularly productive for me. When I find myself chatting it up with other agents for long periods of time and otherwise using my time in an unproductive way, it's a sure sign that I'm bored and need to get my face out in front of people.
Oddly enough, I find that it's easier to work among the din of a coffeeshop atmosphere; for some reason it's less of a distraction to me than being at the office. So I pack up my laptop, my bookkeeping or other work and head out to a neighborhood coffee shop, usually an independent one that offers free wi-fi.
For me, doing this is beneficial in many ways:
- Hanging out at a local, independent coffee shop(preferably one that's in your marketing area) keeps me in the loop regarding who the local leaders are, and what local issues are impacting the community. I can stay abreast of when community meetings and activities are, and get involved in something that interests me. This has the added benefit of being good for my business.
- Once I get to know the proprietors, they usually let me leave my marketing materials in the flyer area. I create materials that focus on that particular area/neighborhood.
- Being in a new surrounding gives me a boost of creativity. It helps me to get out of any rut that I'm in, and drives me to look at challenging situtions in a new way.
- There is nothing better than meeting with new people and finding a comfortable, familiar spot in which to work and hang out. As long as it doesn't get as comfortable as the office sometimes does!
Get out there and have fun!