TIPS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SUDDENLY WORKING NEXT TO THEIR PARTNER ALL DAY
Discuss work plans in advance
A partner may be out of work or their work less demanding. Chances are that someone might end up being irritated not getting much done as a result of constant interruptions. You need to discuss the compatibility of your working styles. Decide if you want to have designated eating or hangout times or prefer to do your own thing each day.
Let your partner know if you like chit-chat or prefer to work in silence. If your daily work schedules vary, be sure to talk about this ahead of time.
Check in and see how you can help each other. This may mean leaving your partner completely undisturbed during the day, sending them funny memes, or making sure they have completed their tasks.
Make a plan to distribute household chores. During a 10-minute session, you can talk about how everything is going and decide if you need to make adjustments. You may be less likely to lose your cool or feel frustrated if you know that you have the space set aside to talk about your day or any tasks.
Eliminate auditory distractions by using headphones. Invest in a pair of over-ear headphones that are more comfortable and provide better sound quality than earbuds.
Choose music that helps you focus, and that you use specifically while you’re working. Others may not be able to concentrate while music is on, if that’s the case, try to identify a spot with the least distraction and noise and get work done.
Develop a plan and communicate with your partner about when you need to be on a video or voice call. That way, you have a plan in place to minimize sounds and distractions if both of you need to be on a call at the same time. For example, for parents with kids and no nanny, a spouse can take up the responsibility to cater to the kids while the other is busy in a Zoom conference/meeting.