• Maintain Your Relationship Sanity and Keep Your Job: 3 Tips To Working From Home With Your Spouse

  • Have any sort of conversation with anyone in a relationship and one question that eventually comes up is “How is your relationship since you started working from home? “ .  A good amount of couples are currently struggling with finding a work space from home while still maintaining their relationship. Here are some tips to help you maintain your sanity in your relationship while keeping your job.

    Divide and Conquer

    A friend of mine told me that the smartest thing he did when his significant other began working from home was establish designated working spaces for each other, not in the same room. The thought processing is that working from home can be stressful enough but work stress is typically something that you feel during work hours with a limited amount of relationship stress. One of those boundaries is the physical boundary of “going to work”. Having designated spaces for both of you will help with the boundary of work. In a smaller space this can become a little bit more challenging, but one of you could claim the living room while the other claims the bedroom.

    Break Time Is Not Chore Time

    Because you are working from home it can be very easy to fall into the idea that while you are at home, you might as well get some laundry done too. The reality is that this is a big way for you to set yourself up to become unproductive in your work. As you would take your break at work, then take your break at work from home but try to not get into household chores during break. Essentially you would be doing more work without taking an actual break.

    Work Hard Play Hard

    While you are at work, go as hard as you can to get the things done that you need because once work is done it needs to be done. Have a hard boundary for both of you to be able to be around each other and enjoy each other’s company. It is easy to continue working right before and after dinner, but that is important time from your relationship. Think of spending time with your significant other as an investment in your relationship. The more you invest in your relationship the more it will blossom. Have a clear boundary between work life and home life.