Working from home with your partner can be both extremely rewarding, and challenging. Prior to COVID-19 it was typically a conscious decision, however since March 2020 most of the world has been forced into home isolation.
COVID-19 has created an extreme situation for everyone. Firstly, most of us are working from home, which created a number of logistical challenges for individuals and organisations alike. From work space and internet connectivity, to video conferencing and team management.
Secondly, we’re not just working from home, we’re living at home 24/7, which is an extremely unusual circumstance. Particularly when it happens literally overnight. We might be able to leave home for “essential services” such as groceries, or to exercise, however being confined to your home for the bulk of time can make us feel imprisoned.
And if you’re fortunate to have children, that can exaggerate the stress and anxiety, trying to juggle homeschooling with work, and keep them entertained and occupied.
That’s a lot to contend with, so it’s only natural that you’re going to have good days and bad days. It’s understandable to feel stressed and anxious, and emotional, so don’t be hard on yourself.
This podcast episode was originally requested months before COVID-19 but was delayed due to some of the fantastic guest interviews we’ve had. We thought now was the perfect time to share our suggestions for working from home with your partner.
Here’s an outline of what we cover:
- Our current circumstances, living and working in isolation (13:01)
- Creating a workable home office environment, and aligning schedules with your partner (16:05)
- Challenges balancing kids and homeschooling (20:46)
- Not sharing domestic chores equally (32:34)
- Losing the spark in your relationship, and keeping the romance alive (38:25), and
- A whole lot more
- Stick to the end of the episode as Joel and I share a very personal and highly impactful practice that took our relationship to a whole new level (45:35)
- Episode 16 of The Females in Tech Show, The Truth about Imposter Syndrome
- Episode 8 of The Females in Tech Show, How to Ask Your Boss to Work From Home
- Episode 4 of The Females in Tech Show, The Power of Gratitude and How to Get Started
- Episode 3 of The Females in Tech Show, Periods and Productivity. How to Leverage your Monthly Cycle
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