Whether you have many friends or just a few, squeezing in the time to see them is kind of a daunting task with work, chores, and all the other things that make up our day-to-day. Still, maintaining your relationships is important! 20 years from today, you won't remember the fact that you cleaned your toilet last Tuesday, but you might remember that really good talk you had with your girls over coffee or wine.
I, for one, am the type of person who doesn’t have the luxury of spare time in my day-to-day. Therefore, I like to plan my week ahead. This gives me plenty of time to work, and see my friends and family. It takes a bit of effort to work your friends and relationships into your schedules. Here are five ways to do it.
1. Schedule them in your work planner
Once you pen down what your week will be like, you’ll notice time gaps you had no idea about in your schedule. Organize your day and use the free time (even if it’s not a lot) to see the people who matter the most in your life.
2. Stop forgetting birthdays
Use your phone to set notifications for birthdays, anniversaries, or days that have a special meaning to your individual friends. Doing so will make sure you don't forget to congratulate them, because who doesn’t like a friend who is thoughtful?
3. Skip the gym
Eating at your desk could turn into a habit, but not if you take your friends out to lunch! Once a week or month, forego your routine and plan a lunch or dinner date with the people who matter most to you. Go to a restaurant and catch up on life, share ideas, take pictures, and have a good time.
4. Stop being a stranger
If you’re someone who has a great amount of friends, seeing them all at once is impossible. To solve this, send out a group message requesting their schedules. With the gathered information, divide your friends into two groups and arrange two weekends to spend time with each group. For fun, you could have an inexpensive roadtrip to the beach where everyone brings something different to eat.
5. Make every weekend like the 4th of July
Plan out a weekend where you could invite your friends over for a BBQ. The menu doesn’t have to be fancy (here's how to throw the best BBQ ever!) as the idea is to touch base with people you can’t see on a daily basis. Through a group message, send out the date and time, and reiterate what the concept behind the gathering is.
Honestly, spending time with the people we care about is a great way to disconnect from our everyday tasks. Even if your schedule is tight, remember that when a person wants to do something, he or she makes it happen.
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