WFH is a normal part of life these days and while it’s nice to spend more time with our partners, sometimes they really get on our nerves, particularly during working hours. How to balance your new WFH life while your other half keeps annoying you every five minutes? Well art squad, we’ve got some tips for you!
Explain Your Job To Your Other Half
This may sound obvious, but does your partner really know what you do all day? Inform each other of how your working days go, who your colleagues and clients are and what your boss is like. When your other half completely understands what your day entails, they’ll be better able to support you. The same goes in reverse, you need to know the ins and outs of how your lover makes a living to properly be able to work in the same space.
Work In Separate Rooms
You’re living in the same space, so if possible, it’s a nice idea to create separate office set-ups in your building. If you work in the kitchen, they can work in the living room. Having some time apart will mean that you won’t be irritating each other while on zoom calls and going through paperwork.
Set Boundaries And Routine
Just like you have boundaries with your co-workers IRL, you should have them with your WFH partner at home. Establish working hours, lunch breaks and routines. Be considerate! If you have a particularly busy day, let your other half know in advance! It will make you both feel much better.
Separate Their Work Persona From Their Home Persona
Some of us act completely different at work to when we’re at home. If you notice that your partner is an ass during the working day, just remember that they’re a different person when they’re with you. Separate yourself from your lover’s work personality, it has nothing to do with you.
Have Alone Time Too
It’s important to make some time for yourself too. Go out for walks, do some yoga, paint a picture. If you’re making yourself feel better through little acts of self kindness, you’re less likely to take out the stress of work on your partner and it will really help your relationship.
Remember You Love Each Other
We know that working with people who aren’t your colleagues is difficult. (Even working with your colleagues can be difficult) We’ve all been locked inside for way too long, and it’s natural that you’ll have quarrels with your partner at some point or other. When time gets tough, just remember why you’re living together in the first place.
Text Lizzy Vartanian