More and more of us are working from home right now, and as lovely as your new Skyline home is, it might also be an adjustment to make it your work environment, too. Skyline is all about creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and we want you to make the transition to home office champion as simple as possible. Here are some things we’ve learned along the way that can help.
Create a Work-Only Zone
It’s easier than you can imagine for work and personal life to start to blend together when you work from home. And its far too easy to find yourself working far too much, as the office is, well, right there. The best way to maintain that important separation is to define a space that’s just for work. Perhaps your Skyline home already has a designated office space, perfect! But often a guest bedroom or den is a great solution. If you are tempted to take in the expanse of Skyline’s open floor plans while you work, we get it. But pack away that laptop and those work papers when the day is done, so you can enjoy the good life and great rooms with your loved ones.
Keep Your Groove, But Stay Flexible
Think of working from home as still "going to work.” Try to maintain the same sense of discipline and routine you employed when headed to the office. Set an alarm, get that workout in (hike on the Skyline trails, anyone?), shower and put on “actual” clothes. (Yes, those ancient sweat pants are so cozy, but save them for a post-work reward.) That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you’re your own boss. If the kids are restless during office hours, it's okay to temporarily push assignments and get in some quality playtime. You can catch up on work later when those angels are chilled out. And, when the day is done, power down, make time for your loved ones, chat with friends and enjoy a glass of wine.
Create a shared calendar with your significant others, including older kids at home. Maintaining a healthy home life – especially while everyone is at home – requires teamwork and communication. Shared calendars help to avoid overlapping schedules and to make your work commitments known to everyone. Google’s family calendar is one great resource for just that. Use it for online meetings, shopping, wish-lists and more. This is an easy way for everyone in your household to literally be “on the same page,” managing time, resources and expectations.
Eat Right and Hydrate
Staying properly nourished and hydrated can be tough when your home is your office. You’re comfortable, you could easily graze all day and the fridge is right over there! But overeating is a danger, not only to your health, but to your productivity. Plan meals ahead of time as best you can with real food; lean proteins, fiber, healthy fats, fruits and veggies. Get plenty of water throughout the day and watch the caffeine — too much can lead to headaches, anxiety, digestive issues and fatigue. And when you’re ready for chowtime, take a break from the screens and just focus on nourishing your body, mind and spirit. Breathe. You’ve got this!
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