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Working from Home – Using Your Home Office Well

Many of our most satisfied clients have set up home offices for themselves, using one of the secondary rooms in their managed community home to work efficiently right where they live. As public health advice gathers that staying home can save lives, we thought it would be a good time to pull together everything we’ve learned about how to use your home as a working-place, managing all the challenges that come with it, and making the most of the benefits. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you balance work and life from the comfort of your home itself.

Set up your home office right

We know the importance of a well-designed home, and all of our managed communities are designed with care and attention to look as stylish and tasteful as possible. If you’ll be spending most of your time in your office, it’s even more important to get décor right. For best results, set aside a separate space in your home exclusively for office work - as long as your home office isn’t right by your bed, you’ll be more likely to successfully complete a productive day. Make sure you have an ergonomic chair and the right lighting – they can make all the difference. 

Make a plan to keep yourself healthy

Working from home can mean that you become extremely sedentary. In the long run, that’s not a good thing to do to your body. So make a plan for staying fit. For instance, a standing desk can reduce the amount of time you spend seated at a desk. You can also take a quick 5-minute break every hour or so to do some gentle stretches. You also need to stay hydrated, so take some time off each hour to get up and go sip some water. As always, talk to a medical professional about the right approach for you.

Plan your day well

When you work from a home office, the line between work and life can become blurry. That’s why it’s essential to plan your day well. Set aside some time at the end of each day to go over your schedule and think through your work for the next day. When you plan your day well, you can finish your work on time and unwind for a while.

Help your partner out

If your partner is also working from home, and you have kids, you may have to come up with a rotational childcare schedule, so you can equally share the responsibility. This way, you and your spouse can both get through a work day without any added stress. 

Make time for family

And lastly, yet most importantly, make sure to make time for family. If you’re having a lean hour or two at work, you could take some time to play with your children or help them out with schoolwork. If your schedule is packed for the day, see if you can wind down at the end of the day and spend time with your partner and your kids. Also, let your kids know if you’re in an important meeting or on a key work-related call, so they know what’s going on – even if they don’t remember, keeping the mystery to a minimum will help them to adjust.
With these tips, you can iron out any roadblocks that keep you from working effectively at home. If you’re having any other issues, take them one at a time. It may take a while to figure out, but once you have, working from home can be relaxing and easy.