Whether you work with your spouse or work closely with another individual (or if you don’t work with your spouse but you have to live peaceably with him/her), an important part of time management is to understand how to be productive in a partnership.
I was first introduced to Maureen Anderson when my publisher’s publicity team arranged an interview for me on Maureen’s show, Doing What Works, for the release of my book The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer (New World Library, 2016).
Over Labor Day weekend, Maureen and her producer/husband, Darrell Anderson, hosted me for a third time. There were no pre-arranged questions, which is pretty rare in media. We have such a comfort level that we simply picked a topic: time management with other people – how to be productive in a partnership. We shared a great conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly of working with a partner – especially when that partner is your spouse. How do you mesh time management styles when you work so closely together?
To listen to this episode of Doing What Works and learn how to be productive in a partnership, click here.
Some of the time management-related territory we covered includes:
What do you do if you and your partner have different time management styles?
I don’t like the word “compromise”, so how will I be able to compromise?
There’s no “bad” in “team,” right?
What part of time management do people forget to factor in?
Will taking a break make you more productive – even if that means you’re not working if you’re taking a break?
How can a time management session be like couples therapy?
How important is it that you figure out what you want to do and when you want to do it?
What’s the worst incident of time management clashing that you’ve experienced with your partner?
“How long a minute feels like depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.”
How important is it to think about how the other person receives our information?
Is it possible that we don’t realize how negatively we speak to our partners?
If the conversation with your spouse was being broadcast, what would it say about the kind of relationship or household you have?
What do you do if you and your partner have totally different work styles?
Is it possible to learn from each other?
How should you handle interruptions?
And so much more!
Take a listen here.