Sharing the studio with your partner
by Sigourney Young and Kurt Baird (the artist’s hubby!) | Wedding Photos by Cam Grove
So I wanted to share our story of what it’s really like sharing a home studio with your partner, and I wanted my very own partner’s perspective. Thanks Kurt for being the perfect blogging guest!
What it’s like sharing the studio with Sigourney
Working from home with your partner can seem like a dream, and it is when the days are productive, your work zones are established and both of you agree that despite working from home, you are still working! But it can also lead to a tangle of work and home responsibilities that can accidentally lead to muddled mindsets. This sometimes results in a lack of productivity for both of you.
Sigourney and I are lucky that we can pursue our career goals from the comfort of our home. We both have offices (mine is the dank front living room, whilst Sigourney has a wonderful, bright and sunny studio) where we can separate home from work, and find some focus. The commute is non-existence, we get to have coffee in bed whilst most people are shoving each other on the tube, and our work hours are flexible. We have lunch together, where we spitball ideas, solve work problems as a team, and discuss research trips, conference papers and archival holdings. We can help each other with our work and are the best team members each of us have ever had. Naturally.
Kurt’s tips for sharing a studio with your partner
- Pre-prepare meals on a Sunday. It is a great activity to do together and minimises prep time during the week. This means you can use that thirty-minute break during the day to relax
- Tell each other your intended goals for the day. It will help you visualise what you need to achieve during work time but also give your partner the heads up if you’ll be working later than usual.
- Start work when it suits you. Don’t think because your partner works best in the morning that you must be working as well. And don’t feel guilty if you are still working at night if you’re a night owl. Discuss these things and set a schedule for home tasks that means you’re both getting what you need to do sorted for work, home and relaxation.
- Stay disciplined. Sometimes all I want to do is go for a walk with Sigourney and grab a coffee next to the river, but we both know that we have things to complete. It is unfair to both of you to think work-time can be compromised for fun-time. Of course, some spontaneity is fun. Just find a way to keep balanced and don’t suggest a spontaneous coffee trip when you know your partner has deadlines!
- Take fifteen minutes by yourself to decompress at the end of the day. Watch a YouTube video, scroll on Facebook, have a beer or wine and read. By doing this you remove yourself from work time and allow the space to become the partner your significant other needs.
Do you work at home with your partner? What do you think it would be like? Let me know in the comments!
February 14, 2019
I’m a synesthesia artist that will be forever found with paint on my nose, dancing around the studio in my yoga pants. I love travel, gluten-free brownies and working from the home studio I share with my husband. My goal? To bring you into the world of synesthesia and to create a space online that celebrates the colour and meaning of music.
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