5 Tips for Working Alongside Your Partner or Spouse During the Global Pandemic
Posted on April 24 2020
Working from home, and so is your significant other.
How to Stay Sane While Sharing a Workspace With Your Partner
As a nation, we are currently dealing with the new norm: working from home. For a lot of us, that’s looking like a not so average living room set up with a clean corner for zoom conference calls, printers on our islands and cats on our desks. Props to the ones who are doing it alone, and especially to the ones doing it with kids. For the ones with just a significant other, well if you ever wanted quality time, here it is. Here are Muse’s tips on how to get through the week while also being conscious of the other person in the room.
1. Keep your workspace clean
Let’s be honest, there are probably already dishes in the sink and a basket full of pajamas. No one needs the added annoyance of hassling one another to clean a space that isn’t usually there.
2. Say thank you
Just because you are both home and comfortable doesn’t mean all rules go out the door. No matter what age you are, manners matter and it’s amazing how gratifying hearing a simple “thank you” can be.
3. Taking turns
Everyone’s day probably involves some sort of ritual task such as making coffee, walking the dog, helping the kids with homework, and prepping lunch. It’s important that one person isn’t doing everything or the same thing all the time. There’s no escaping at this point so let’s just take turns, or do it together!
This is key for many aspects of life but for working from home, it’s gold! Share what you both have going on so that your husband doesn’t walk out in his underwear while you’re having a zoom meeting with your boss.
5. Make Space
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and that’s why we love coming home to our person at the end of a long workday. Just because you’re home doesn’t mean be in each other’s bubbles. You do you, have lunch together, and then wrap up the day.
Hang in there!
All in all, let’s be grateful we are home and healthy with our favorite person. If you have any tips you would like to share, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. XO