Couples working from home together don’t have anyone but each other to blame when something goes wrong. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Molly Tolsky, the founder and editor at Alma and also a writer, suggests that couples create imaginary coworkers who they can shift the blame on. Molly’s imaginary colleague is Cheryl and she’s messy—she keeps leaving dirty water cups everywhere. Get it together, Cheryl!
Molly’s playful Twitter thread was immensely popular, getting more than 682k likes and 80.5k retweets. Some Twitter users played along and came up with scenarios with their own imaginary friends. While others posted photos of their pets and jokingly referred to them as their coworkers.
These tweets made us chuckle and we hope they’ll brighten up your day, too, dear Pandas. Let us know in the comments how working with your partner from home is going for you and if you’ve got a sloppy airhead imaginary coworker as well.
Originally from Chicago, Molly currently works and lives in Brooklyn. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and a master’s in the same area from Sarah Lawrence College. So it’s no wonder that she has such an active imagination.
Her website Alma is geared toward Jewish millennial women, focuses on cultural interest topics, and isn’t afraid to tackle difficult issues in its articles. “It’s important for people to have a place where who they are is being recognized and their level of being Jewish is OK,” Molly told the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. “You don’t have to go to shul, or light candles or keep kosher to be Jewish.”
Though imaginary coworkers are awesome, there are some other things that you can do to make you and your partner happier and more at ease while working from home. For instance, having separate workspaces that are as far away from each other as possible will give you enough room and freedom to avoid annoying each other.
Also, there’s no excuse not to have a wholesome lunch date together anymore! (Not that you really have a choice. Imagine how awkward it would be if you told your partner you had other plans for lockdown lunch.)
Something else that can help out a lot is getting dressed for work to get you into a professional mindset. And don’t forget to buy a pair of noise-canceling headphones for when you need to really focus on that project of yours. If all else fails—blame Cheryl. Get it together, Cheryl!
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