Before Scott took a new job, 11 months ago, we had both worked from home every day for 10 years. We worked together well and enjoyed being around each other, every day. All good things must end. Scott accepted a new position, he needed to be in the office. Eventually we settled into a consistent schedule of him working from home on Mondays and Fridays.
Right before the COVID-19 cases expanded across North America, which seemed like overnight, Scott and I flew to Mississippi to see my Mom. We returned home on Monday, March 9th. The next day, Scott worked from home and was informed of the new company policy requiring him to self-quarantine 14 days, due to recent travel, before returning to the office.
We were thrilled to return to our familiar ‘work from home lifestyles’ that we love. Fast forward, and as many of you, we have been self-quarantined and must work from home for an indefinite amount of time.
A few pointers to get you pointed in the right direction and to keep you from driving each other nuts, while working from home together.
Design work areas that fit you both.
Keep in mind, you’ll want a setup conducive to maintaining the proper posture. The downside of working strictly from a laptop or phone device is the tendency to look down. Continue this habit and you’ll develop ‘text neck.’ Refer to my past blog, Text Neck - A Real Pain in the Neck. You’ll thank me later.
Communicate with each other.
Review your schedules with each other. Communicate when you each have ‘presenting meetings’ and ‘listening meetings.’ Work together to plan when you may need to duck into another room, when appropriate.
Create a Routine.
Creating a routine together and having the same schedule will help keep you both motivated. Pass on the temptation to stay up late to watch one more episode of Ozark. Use the ‘typical commute time’ to get in a walk, a bike ride or other exercise to energize you and get your day started off right.
Maintain a consistent meal schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Remember to include snacks. If you must consume processed foods, like chips, add an allotted amount to your plate instead of eating directly from the bag. Include fruits like oranges and apples for a natural, afternoon pickup.
Decide on a hard stop time. This is when you’ll both put away work and create the space to enjoy the rest of your day and evening.
We have all glamorized the luxury of working from home and wearing our pajamas all day. Pass. Each day schedule a time when you can take a shower, shave and get dressed. Nobody wants to see their partner in their pajamas and crazy bedhead all day.
Enjoy each other.
Soon enough we will learn what the ‘new normal’ will look like. Until then, let’s enjoy this space and time where you can share breakfast with the one you love. You can take turns making special lunches to share. Surprise each other with special midday snacks. Best of all, schedule an afternoon delight.
Hi there! I am Angel and live a happy life in Pompano Beach with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our two dogs, Brady and Buddy.
I love to travel, the color blue, Netflix binges, Tito’s and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake. I also have a serious obsession with pictures!
In addition to Housewives in the City, I am a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty.
Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits and helping businesses grow are my passions. And that is what we get to do at our monthly girls’ nights out!
I can’t wait to meet you. All women are welcome, and we are going to have a ton of fun!