He says/she says: How to work from home when you’re a couple

More and more people these days choose to work at home over working in a traditional office space. Sure, working at home requires no stressful commute, no toxic managers or co-workers to deal with, and you are able to prepare your own food, take care of your kids and work comfortably in your couch.

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Couple working from home

However, if you ask anyone who works at home or someone who runs his business remotely, you’ll know that it is not all unicorns and rainbows. In fact, certain studies show that while employees are more productive when they work outside of the conventional office, they’re also more vulnerable to working longer hours, a more intense work pace, work-home interference, and, in some cases, greater stress.

One of the challenges people who work at their home face is having both their personal life and work under the same roof. Some managers don’t like working remotely because they fear that employees will slack off without that physical, in-person oversight. But, in fact, the opposite tends to be the reality–remote workers are more likely to overwork because sometimes they are not sure when the workday start or end.

Another challenge working at home can bring is difficulty in prioritising work. Remote workings need to learn how to properly manage their time and how to motivate themselves. Otherwise, you’ll be constantly overlooking some of your tasks or manage your own time. While every worker might find it difficult to stick to a schedule and manage their to-dos, it’s especially challenging for remote workers who have more flexible.

Working at home has both advantages and disadvantages. Whether working from home suits you or not really depends on your personality, lifestyle and preferences. How about if you’re a couple? Is working from home ideal for you?

To know the answer, you should read this article about a certain couple working from home: https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/working-smarter/691593