How to Manage Working from Home with Your Partner
More and more people are opting to work from home. While this has its advantages, it has its challenges as well. Mainly when your partner also works from home.
The following are some tips to help you and your partner share a prosperous and harmonious dwelling while both working remotely:
Give Each Other Space
While some couples may be able to pull this off, it’s generally not a good idea to be on top of each other during your work day. You might be tempted to spend every moment together now that you are both home all day. For instance, if your partner is at the dining room table on their laptop, it might be a good idea for you to retreat to a spare bedroom with yours. It’s easier for most people to focus and get important work done when they have space and privacy.
Respect Each Other’s Timetable
Remote work often means you can set your schedule. You may want to get up early and work, while your partner may accomplish more in the evening. As long as you both contribute to household and family chores, be sure to give each other permission to work at the times that suit you best.
Have Open and Clear Communication
There’s an excellent chance that neither of you is a mind reader. For this reason, you’ve got to be clear about your needs. For instance, if you have an important Zoom call in the afternoon, be sure to let your partner know that you will need quiet and not be interrupted between such-and-such hours. You might want to consider getting a dry-erase board so you both can share vital information from day to day.
It won’t necessarily be easy, and it may take some getting used to… but with some consideration for each other’s needs, working from home together may be a gratifying experience!
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you and your partner struggle to make it work. I would be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.