I still can’t believe that Harrison and I have been dating for over three years. (Doesn’t this post feel like just yesterday?!) Time really flies! Since it’s such a time of change around these parts, there’s been a lot to transition through. Although Harrison and I have always worked on blog projects together, we are now working full-time together to make our dreams a reality. It’s definitely an exciting time, but it’s tested a lot in our personal and professional relationship.
I’m not going to lie, a lot of people have called us crazy for starting our own business right out of college. We might be crazy, but we’re passionate and we’re all about taking those passions to the next level. We both make sure to get a good dose of caffeine in order to fuel our day. (Like-mind creatives, you know what I mean, am I right?)
I’m not the biggest fan of drinking hot beverages, especially when it’s so nice outside. Enter: SToK™ Cold Brew Iced Coffee. Neither of us had never heard of this brand before, but I was grocery shopping at my local Walmart and was instantly drawn towards the aesthetically pleasing branding and packaging. I figured we’d give it a try since there’s been so many late nights with renovating the office. We both instantly fell in love because SToK™ is pure coffee with no weird ingredients. I prefer the Not Too Sweet flavor, while Harrison loves the Unsweet version.
Along with learning that we need the best coffee around to spark our creative juices, we’ve also learned some do’s and don’ts of working with your significant other. Here are the top 5 that we came up with together:
Find your designated space.
This might just apply to those of you who are working from home, like we are at the moment, but we found it really important to designate who’s space was who’s. Before we did this areas were getting cluttered and messy, which made both of us grumpy and unproductive. This also allowed us to decorate and create an environment that each of us liked to work in. I love working with music on, a candle lit, and some coffee by my side. I know Harrison prefers TV over music, so we made sure that this was included in his space.
Divide and conquer.
At first we didn’t assign work to each of us, we were working together to get things done. As much as I love this tactic, as the work load grew, the more this wasn’t working. We were also working on a lot of group projects at the time, which taught us to divide up the workload in order to make ourselves the most valuable we could be. We still do this and think that it helps the productivity and time a lot!
Still have date night.
It’s really important to still take time for your relationship. Sometimes it can get so blurred with bringing work home, etc. that you forget about this. We recently started having a date night every week that reminds us to turn our internet minds off and just enjoy the moment together.
Find your common goal.
For us, getting the office space was our common goal for a long time. I think this helped us continually push towards this goal. If you and your significant other don’t have a common goal, then what are you doing in business together?
Keep a unified front.
Lastly, no matter what, have each other’s backs. There’s nothing worse then looking like a fool in front of a client or even a colleague. At the end of the day, make sure you support each other’s ideas, opinions, and respect.