With most people working from home, couples are now being forced to navigate an entirely new aspect of their relationship. While it is important that couples spend time together and engage in activities that bring them fun and joy, it is also important for couples to take some time off from each other. With the possibility of hanging out with your friends at the mall, or lunching at a brand-new restaurant being rendered into a fantasy we can only dream about, most couples have no option but to spend hours upon hours locked in the same house with each other.
While the aforementioned situation sounds like a recipe for disaster, arguably the trickiest part of lockdown has been for couples to work from home together. Usually, some issues that arise include incompatible shift timings, temper tantrums, and a collective frustration that starts to brim in the household. Although it must seem almost impossible to most couples to maintain a healthy relationship, while simultaneously working from home, that is sadly not the case.
Mentioned below are some tried and tested ways through which couples can navigate the tricky waters of working from home together, and make the most out of the time that they now have at their disposal.
1. Set clear-cut boundaries
If both you and your partner are working from home, which during a global pandemic- we assume you are, you must set up some boundaries. If you have a limited amount of space available, take the time to allot a certain area for yourself and your partner. While deciding to set up these boundaries, take into account how much space your partner needs to do their job efficiently, and then do the same mental exercise for yourself.
When it comes to setting up these boundaries and allotting workspaces to each other inside your home, the goal is to create a semblance of that professional work environment inside your house. By designating work areas, your brain will go into “work mode” the minute you enter into that space and allow both you and your partner to do your jobs efficiently.
2. Establish some ground rules
If you want to work from home in a manner that proves to be lucrative for both yourself and your partner, you must create a system. The creation of this “system,” needs to be rooted in the same basic ground rules that will enable you and your partner to do their jobs effectively. If you’ve got a meeting to attend, make sure that you make it clear to your partner that you are not to be disturbed during that time. Similarly, if your partner has important calls to make, you need to have some rules in place to make sure that they have the privacy that they need. By establishing these rules, you won’t intrude on each other’s privacy and make for a somewhat professional environment within your home.
3. Create an imaginary coworker to place the blame on
Let’s face it. There’s always the possibility of a petty argument turning ugly when you’re stuck at home with your partner, and when that happens, you want to lay down the foundations to minimize as much damage as possible. A rather neat trick that has been recommended by several relationship experts in lockdown is to create an imaginary coworker to blame on. Not only will this make for a fun joke between the two of you, but it will also enable you to deal with arguments and fights in a much cooler way.
4. Invest in a cozy space to unwind and relax together
Working together can be quite stressful. As we move towards another lockdown, it is only understandable for you and your partner to be frustrated and stressed out. In such an instance, it is highly recommended that you invest in a third space- cozy one, and welcoming, so that both of you can unwind, and relax together. In addition to a much-needed “destressing” time, it will also allow you and your partner time to bond with each other.
5. Take some time out to eat lunch
As you stay at home, you might feel all your days slip into one, and become a giant blob. To prevent that from happening, and to stay on top of your daily routine, we’d suggest that you and your partner take some time out every single day, to eat lunch together. Get as creative as you want with your recipes, and if you’ve got a knack for cooking, take turns to cook for each other or maybe cook together.
With all these tips under your belt, you’re all set to make the most out of yet another lockdown. Instead of growing frustrated with each other, use this time to bond, and to strengthen your relationship.