As many of us continue to adjust to working from home, some may be experiencing issues with their new co-worker...who also happens to be their significant other. Luckily, for those feeling the mounting pressure of loving yet hating your partner at the same time, there are some helpful tips from couples who have been working together for years before it was mandatory.
Chris and Jen Lumley of Clek, Inc., the award-winning car seat brand, have been a team for over ten years. And professional soccer player Rodney Wallace and wife Haley are the founders of Rewind by Rodney Wallace - a performance-based CBD brand that launched in late 2019.
These two duos have weathered the storms of being a couple while working (very) closely together and have come up with easy solutions to keep your love — and your sanity — intact...
If at all possible, try not to sit together while you work. As much as you may love each other, you may eventually get on each other's nerves. Say Jenny and Chris Lumley, "Even when we are on the same call or video call, we are in our separate spaces."
3. Respect Each Other's Work Schedules (And Boundaries)
Respecting each other's work and work schedules (and sticking to it) really makes for a smoother work day. Jenny Lumley states: 'I've always tackled emails in the morning while Chris gets the kids ready for school because his afternoons are busier."
And try not to interrupt your partner with a home issue when they are in the middle of something work related. Incorporate a "mutual office respect" logic while working at home.
Take some time for yourself and grab a quick exercise when you can. "I give myself one hour in the late morning for exercise and it gives me enough energy for the rest of they day," Jenny says. You'll feel accomplished and good about yourself, which gives your best version to your partner.
Establishing a routine allows you to get the most of your working hours, say Rodney and Haley Wallace. Knowing when to take a step back and focus on yourself works better when you have a routine already in place, allowing to focus on yourself so you and your partner won't burn out.
Especially during stressful times like these, the Wallaces say that laughter can bring you closer rather than push you apart. Mutually agreeing on times where there's "no work allowed" and making the effort to prioritize each other will make those fun times even sweeter.
According to the Wallaces, one of the biggest things you can do is embrace your new situation rather than fight against it. This will help you get more comfortable and help you adjust to your new workspace and ease any feelings of agitation, making life more bearable for you and your significant other.