• Mike WhiteMike White, over 7 years ago

    Similar situation. Here is what I did:

    1. When I'm home, the phone goes away.

    2. Made an extra effort to just hangout and listen.

    3. Set specific times for specific purposes online and communicate those in advance.

    After I implemented those 3 steps my wife appreciated the effort and makes an effort to be more accommodating of my reading.

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    • Jamie WilsonJamie Wilson, over 7 years ago

      That sounds like a good set of guidelines. One of the reasons I asked this question is because I'm about to start working from home and want to make sure I am prepared with ways to make sure work doesn't dominated my home life.

      I definitely need to set firm working hours, but I have side-projects that I really enjoy as well, so it's really hard for me to know where to draw the line. I think your 3rd point is really important for setting expectations not only for my wife but also myself.

      It's so tempting to allow myself the freedom to jump into working on something when the inspiration strikes, but that's not really fair or feasible when living life with someone else.

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