It’s easier to get consumed with work if you’re working remotely or working from home.
So, when my girlfriend, now my wife started working from home after the pandemic we felt that our usual and trivial conversations reduced.
We tried to log off by 8 PM but that didn’t work out all the time.
So, we both decided that no matter what happens we’d cook dinner together. Every night from 7:30 to 9:00 PM we cook and eat dinner together.
We put our phones on charge and never bother. We also don’t accept any meeting invites during that time.
Things we tried:
1) Eating dinner together - Not enough time.
2) Cleaning dishes together - Inefficient and created more mess and work.
3) Conversation before bedtime - Both were tired at that point.
Cooking can easily be a two-person job. It also creates a sense of discipline and we get to try something new every other day.
We take turns deciding what to cook. Cooking has become an important outlet for us. It tests our communication and ability to compromise.