Before, working from home is viewed as some kind of novelty and advantage. You might even be one of those people who dreamed of being a homeworker, too. No need to get up too early, think about what you’ll be wearing, drive for several minutes to the office, and so on. But since the pandemic started, most businesses have had no choice but to shift to a remote work setup to continue their operations.
If you and your partner’s companies are among them, you’d probably think that being work-from-home buddies is cute. The fact is, it’s more complicated than that. We’ve listed some of our favorite tips on how you can maintain a blissful work-from-home setup with your partner.
- Talk about your routines
Now that you’re both working from home, having routines can make your life inside the house a lot easier. You can have a morning routine revolving around who’s preparing breakfast, making the coffee, and doing the dishes. It’s best to verbalize to your partner what you really want and need to feel energized during the morning to establish a beneficial morning routine.
Setting routines can also keep both of you sane. Structure your downtime or break together. You can choose to avoid household matters and focus on each other by having three minutes of chit-chat or coordinated lunch breaks.
- Have different workspaces
For you and your partner’s mindsets to be focused on your work and goals, it’s vital that you have a calm and cool working spot. Creating a different designated working environment in your home can make establishing boundaries way easier. You can work in the attic room, while your partner can take the kitchen nook. Having separate working spots also gives both of you some breathing space to do your own stuff without disturbing each other.
- Separate business and pleasure
It’s easy to say that a couple should keep their work and home life separate. To maintain a good relationship, it’s important to set healthy boundaries together. For instance, you can set limited work hours. Avoid working outside of your schedule so you can have enough personal time with your partner. Also, during your work hours, make sure to stick to them and avoid unnecessary interactions. To keep both of you from distracting each other, you can set a “no visit” policy. Lastly, be sure to keep your personal disagreements outside of work so both of you can focus on your job.
- Plan out for surprises
Surprises can really be just anything. Creating surprises can keep your partner excited about making new experiences with you, which is crucial when you’re both busy working from home. Having a healthy, strong relationship requires effort, and creating surprises is one perfect example. For instance, if your partner loves simple yet personalized gifts, getting them a customized braided silicone bracelet or a promise ring that they can wear every day would be amazing. Or, you can prepare surprise breakfasts, including warm croissants, pancakes, fruit, egg muffins, and sausage. Don’t let things get boring, and spice up your relationship with constant surprises.
- Engage in conversation
When you’re tired from work, you may often have little interest in conversation, even during breaks. However, it’s crucial to maintain constant communication outside working hours to ensure a healthy relationship. Ensuring a harmonious home life requires you to clock into your personal relationship after finishing work. You can go on a romantic night walk outside so you can have some time together while getting some fresh air. Or, if you don’t want to leave the house, you can order out and enjoy a delicious meal.
- Make arrangements about noise
Sounds and noises are two crucial factors that can greatly affect your work. Be mindful of each other’s current tasks. If your partner is having a virtual meeting, you might not want to do the dishes at the same time. Ideally, you can tackle chores at the end of your workday. If you’re planning to do things that emit sound, such as cooking or cleaning, make sure it won’t distract your partner’s work. You and your partner can also consider getting noise-canceling headphones to avoid getting distracted from any sounds.
The stress brought upon by this pandemic has already caused too many problems in many households. For couples like you, it’s always best to look at your work-from-home opportunity in a positive light. Follow these tips and achieve a more positive balance between the demands of your work and your personal relationship. Forge a better path toward a healthier partnership at this time of crisis!