Eight months ago, the life of an entrepreneur likely looked quite a bit different—and then the world was engulfed by a global health pandemic. Being home with your partner all hours of the day can take a toll on you, as well as many aspects of your life. For Joseph Gish, navigating running a business with the demands of his wife proved to be testing—but his experience may be able to teach us all a lesson.
With a wife who loves attention, the transition to work from home was difficult at first. Joseph told us in order to compensate for the demands of his wife and balancing his work, he would take breaks throughout the day and spend time with her, letting her know she is loved. When one partner typically stays at home and now has the luxury of having their partner home with them, it can be a challenge to get used to on both ends. You still need to be able to set boundaries and find a new work-life balance.
Rather than taking your usual break at the office to go for a walk and refresh your brain, you’re getting to spend that free time with the one you love. Joseph believes his energy improves more by spending time with his wife during those breaks and seeing her gives him more determination to succeed and do better.
Joseph’s advice to other couples? Use those breaks to spend time with each other and grow as a couple. At the end of the day, “no matter how much money or wealth you accumulate,” Joseph states, “it’s going to be worthless without the one you love by your side.” Using your free time to grow with your partner and helping them grow individually will strengthen your relationship. On top of that, productivity will improve because you are motivated to work harder for your partner.
Joseph believes in order to have a positive and successful relationship throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to make sure you’re spending quality time with your partner. Activities such as cooking together or taking walks throughout the day can help keep both of you happy and add value to your relationship.
With the transition out of quarantine, Joseph urges everyone to keep safety at the forefront of their actions. Practice safe habits to help prevent spreading the virus to those you love. You don’t want to spend all your time working on your relationship or improving your business only for you or someone you love to get sick. For Joseph, putting the focus on those he loves is essential for navigating life outside of quarantine.
“I think that the number one thing is that you're going to have to be careful, and you're still going to have to remember who's in your life,” Joseph expressed.
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