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My wife, and business partner, is a stellar Executive Assistant, but she is NOT my Executive Assistant!

Maybe that comes as a surprise, but I think it’s a smart play.

Over the past few months I’ve had several conversations that go something like this,

β€œRight now my wife (or significant other, AKA S.O.) is doing all of this administrative work for me, but we’re learning that’s not a good long-term plan.”

But why?

It sets your S.O. up to be your professional subordinate and that’s not a good dynamic for either of you.

Imagine a typical workday scenario:

You need your EA to review an important document, and suddenly you find yourselves in a heated debate about semicolons versus em dashes. πŸ“πŸ€”

Things can quickly escalate from a grammar disagreement to a full-blown domestic dispute, leaving you wondering how it all got so complicated. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ’₯

Let’s not forget about the ever-elusive work-life balance. Having your S.O. as your EA might blur the lines between personal and professional life to the point where you can’t remember the last time you had a non-work-related conversation. πŸ’Ό

Date nights turn into progress updates, and pillow talk becomes work-related performance reviews. 😬

It’s like living in an episode of “The Office” but without the laugh track. πŸ˜‚πŸ“Ί

Of course, some couples might make the S.O.-EA combo work seamlessly.

But for the majority of us normal people, maintaining a healthy work-life balance and preserving the magic of our personal relationships often necessitates keeping our S.O.s out of our daily task needs. πŸ’‘β€οΈ

So, as tempting as it may be to have your love interest as your EA, remember the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between love and work.

Allow your S.O. to support you in other ways, outside the confines of a working relationship. Together, you can build a strong foundation of love and understanding, while leaving the tasks to the professionals. πŸ˜„πŸ’

-Micah Foster, Co-Owner