This life altering event has already impacted my life in many ways. Some changes will have a short lifespan, while others will be part of my new norm. As a business owner, I have been hesitant to fully embrace the work from home model. My associates have always had the option, but I was strongly holding onto my office and my in-person meetings. Now I see that there is a better way. A more productive way that allows me to spend more time with my family and spend less time in a car contributing to traffic and pollution. My new norm will see me spending my mornings and late afternoons working from home like I do now – from the kitchen counter while my family is doing school work, playing or preparing their next meal. The bigger picture is what happens when millions of people do the same. Will we need as much office space? Will we need to spend tax dollars to incentivize corporate headquarters anymore? Maybe not. Maybe our energy, money and square footage can be shifted towards housing – much needed housing. This is the beginning of a future for me that will subtract office space and car miles from my footprint- while adding family time and productivity to my future. I think about what that means for our planet if I am only one of millions shifting their lifestyles for good.
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