We know that a strong loving relationship does us so much good. It can improve our wellbeing, our confidence and our health, all of which leave us better able to do a great job at work.
When our career is important to us and we’re progressing well it can often place increasing demands on our time and it’s easy to fall into a habit of staying late, or taking work home. If we find ourselves in this situation the very thought of dating can seem like a challenge rather than a joy.
So how do we find room in our lives for both?
Dating should be fun, so here are some suggestions that are designed to be just that – as well as fitting in with your professional career.
• Meet for breakfast: a great date will always leave us wanting more, and what better way to start your day than seeing someone you’re excited by? If you’re living in a big town then there’ll be hotels or even restaurants serving great breakfast, but if not maybe the local coffee shop will fit the bill.
• Book a day off and plan it well: this is a bit more involved – but a day off can seem like gold, and with a bit of planning you can make every minute count. If you can, take a train or taxi to wherever you’re going so you don’t even have to worry about drinking. Think about taking a picnic – depending on where you go of course.
• Lunch: after breakfast follows lunch – it may be more traditional but it’s still fun, and still has a tight time frame that will leave you wanting to see more of each other. Plan it in advance so you don’t waste time trying to get a table – and remember to dress for the occasion even though you’re spending most of the day at work. Your colleagues will be trying to guess what you’re up to!
• Go to their gym: If you’re both gym members why not meet at the same gym once in a while, and book dinner later.
• Make the weekend count: Even if you do work at the weekend, try to take some time out. Use it and plan something exciting to do with your prospective partner. Safari Park anyone? Or a drive to the beach?
When time is short we have to make the most of it, and that involves planning in advance. Share the task – it’s no fun always being the planner, but it can be a great surprise for the other person to just say “Hey, I’ve got the whole of Saturday planned for you”.