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If you’ve suddenly gone from conference rooms to video conferencing from the couch, it takes an adjustment to become acclimated to this weird new work environment—trust me, I know. Now throw in your significant other’s updated schedule, cramped quarters, and both of you trying to conduct business as usual, and you’ve got a whole different outlook on love, patience (and relationships).
Whether it’s tackling space issues or timely snacking, here are nine things (and tips) we’re doing to stay sane—and avoid dueling Zoom calls—while co-working from home with your partner:
1. Set some ground rules. You may have the same approach to WFH as your partner—and that’s awesome— but odds are both have slightly different expectations about what working from home really means. One of you may prefer to work in silence while the other may like to keep the TV on as background noise. That could be a recipe for disaster, especially under stressful circumstances. Figure out what each of you needs to be successful when WFH and, yes, find some compromises (it’s the secret sauce to any relationship!). Maybe your TV-loving partner can tune into a podcast through their headphones. Ta-da!
2. Communicate your schedules.
Before reporting for WFH work duty in the AM, share your calendars for the day with one another. Maybe it’s a sticky note reminder or a Slack message—however you choose to communicate your daily plan (and any important meetings) will help you both avoid disruptions. Because we all know reviving up the smoothie maker during a call with your boss isn’t ideal for your working relationships.
3. Share the
If you’re both having video calls simultaneously (hello, WFH life), you may run into bandwidth issues. Not AOL dial-up issues, we’re talking about modern-day connection problems. Here’s a quick tech tip: try turning off your camera or dialing in from your phone to minimize interruptions. Also, reach out to your internet service provider about troubleshooting or upgrading your bandwidth (at least for the time being).
4. Find separate spaces. Apartment, condo, or home, if you have the room to designate separate workspaces, it’s a game-changer. Whether it be a guest room, home office, or living room, having one person in a different part of your humble abode will help to establish boundaries (and eliminate distractions). Is one of your spaces is significantly superior to the other (full of natural light, plants, and positivity)? Try switching spots every other day, so there is no feeling of resentment about getting the short end of the WFH stick. Remember, function and comfort are key.
5. Be intentional about your time off together.
Eight-hour WFH workday and only a room away? Make your downtime count! From disconnecting over a homemade lunch to grabbing some mid-day fresh air (and taking the dog for the walk), try closing your laptops and reconnecting without talking about work. It might get those creative juices flowing! Looking for a way to destress, together? Plug into a virtual yoga or HIIT class. You’ll burn calories without burning the midnight oil.
6. Don’t forget about me time.
Being cooped up with the same person for too long can put a strain on even the most bulletproof of relationships. I love you, honey, but…. Remember to schedule some alone time. By allowing yourself mental and physical space can provide clarity, balance, and make you a better partner. Get outside—take a short walk on your own—or take a break to read a new book. Your S/O will understand.
7. Don’t get hangry—keep snacks handy!
Here’s the recipe for relationship disaster: two hangry people (now WFH cohorts) who have spent all day together. Keep easy-to-grab, healthy snacks around to keep your mood and energy up throughout the day. Leave a treat on your partner’s desk, too, so they remember to eat between meetings.
8. Make sure your workout class isn’t high volume.
Do your work schedules (or interests) prevent you from working out at home together? If you’re determined to get that WFH workout class in, be aware of the noise level (and take your S/Os schedule into account). Turn on your Bluetooth headphones—or turn down the volume—so your better half can keep focused.
9. Establish a conducive quitting time.
Working from home can easily bleed into your downtime. When 5 o’clock rolls around, close your laptop and step away. You don’t want to experience work burnout, especially if when it relates to your occupational wellness. Unless you’re calling friends or checking the ‘Gram, it’s a good practice to try to leave your phone at your WFH workspace as well. Creating a strict divide between when you’re working and when you’re on your own time will help you to be more attentive to your relationship, your pets—and your own well-being!
Working from home, especially with your S/O, can be challenging—but it can also be extremely rewarding. From a better understanding of what your better half does to taking breaks together, sharing what you do every day with the one you love can only strengthen your relationship (as I work from my standup desk a room away from my husband).
Do you have any tips when it comes to WFH with your partner? Tell us (and tag us) on @mindbody!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.