One of the many benefits of being a life insurance agent with National Agents Alliance is that we encourage our agents to get their spouse on board and work together in your new business venture. But sometimes when work and personal life are combined, it creates a melting-pot effect that could ruin your marriage. Knowing how to work and live together is key to keeping your relationship intact.
Forbes has revealed some tips on how to keep your “happy” marriage intact while working together:
- Define your workspace: If possible, pick two separate areas away from your partner and designate it as your “official work space.” Being in a separate space will help avoid distractions from your spouse, which can be as simple as their phone ringing throughout the day. If you don’t have a space large enough to accommodate both of you, establishing office hours may provide a fix.
- Create office hours: Create your “office hours,” so that you can focus on work and then have time for each other after your work is done. This helps to prevent an overlap of work and your personal life.
- Communication: It’s imperative that you learn how to communicate with each other without getting defensive with one another. In fact, it’s not a completely absurd idea to book an appointment with your spouse to talk about business-related concerns, this way you can completely focus your attention to the task at hand.
- Dealing with distractions: This might be the biggest hurdle for most people working from home and with their spouse. “We’ve gotten into the habit of being distracted,” says Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in etiquette training for corporations, universities and individuals. “We now have to get into the habit of focusing on getting what we need to get done, taking our breaks, and at a certain point shutting down and being present with our spouse and with our friends.”