Our founder, London & East Anglia award-winning wedding planner, Jo Pyman, has been sharing her experiences of working from home and sharing an office with her husband across the past couple of weeks (check through our blog for her posts).
Whilst we know that most of our wedding planning couples love spending time together, the enforced coronavirus quarantine probably isn’t what they had in mind! The ultimate relationship stress test, living and working under one roof can be challenging, so here are 3 top tips to help you navigate the challenges of co-working together at home!
Communication is EVERYTHING
Not only during the coronavirus quarantine but for life and marriage itself, keep those lines of communication open! Don’t be afraid to tell your fiance if there’s something you need from them – Jo Pyman mentioned in one of her blogs that she struggled with being interrupted when in her ‘flow’, but a simple discussion with her husband allowed them to set new rules quickly to make things smoother!
Establish a routine
We know you’re probably reading this from home in your pj’s, BUT, establishing a routine as close to your standard workday will help you both stay focused. Get up, get dressed, set specific tea and lunch breaks and outside of those times, don’t allow yourselves to be distracted by one another. You both still have a job to do, and whilst it’s lovely being able to do that under the same roof, you still must respect each other’s work commitments.
Very much links back to the communication point above, but be clear with one another about your expectations for the working day. If you love to work in silence and your fiance prefers to do their thang with some throbbing trance in the background, pretty soon you’re going to reach a point of conflict. Find ways to compromise but also accept that it’s ok to have differences in approach. They aren’t necessarily wrong and neither are you so find a way to meet in the middle.
Plan something fun
It’s tough for everybody right now and it would be so easy to get downhearted! You must try and maintain as much normality in your life as possible, so whether you agree to tackle some of the more fun wedding planning tasks together, decide to cook yourselves a gourmet dinner or even book in a clubbing night in the living room (so many great DJ’s and musicians are offering free live streaming gigs right now!), do ensure there’s something fun on the horizon!
Speaking of wedding planning – if you would like to chat through your plans with our award-winning team of wedding planners, we’d love to hear from you! We work predominantly across London & East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge & Essex) and you can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org