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Friends are some of the most important people in your life. After all, relationships come and go, and family can drive you up the wall, but your friends are always there. However, we all know the feeling of growing up and drifting apart. When you’ve finished school, there’s no automatic place for you to see your besties – you’ve got to schedule friend-dates. Sometimes it can feel like you’re endlessly repeating the same conversation:

“We should hang out soon!”

“Definitely! Drinks on Friday?”

“I’ve got plans – how about next Thursday?”

“I’ve got something going on. How’s Saturday for you?”

“Busy, I’m afraid. Look, we’ll do it another time!”

“We’ll definitely do it another time.”

But another time is never going to come unless you make it happen. Even if you’ve got the world’s busiest schedule, you can find time to see friends if you get creative. Try these tips for making time to see your besties:

Make It A Priority

Sure, it’s easier to collapse in front of Netflix after a busy day, but seeing a friend is more fulfilling (even if it does require you to get out of your pajamas and off the couch!).

Have An Adult Slumber Party

If you’re really exhausted and your schedule is full until late, invite a friend over for a grown-up sleepover. Popcorn, movies, and giggling until the wee hours with your bestie – what could be better?

Fit It Into Your Plans

Alternatively, meet a friend to catch up during an already-scheduled activity. Gossip while you grocery shop, hit the gym together, or take your dogs for a buddy-walk.

Drop Your Date

If you’re partnered up, it’s easy to get into the routine of doing everything with your significant other. Instead of asking your partner next time you want to see a movie or grab dinner, how about checking in for a last-minute date with friends?

 

Get Everyone Together

Maybe you’re too busy to make time for one specific person. Try planning a double date, organizing a playdate with everyone’s kids, or bringing your different groups of friends together.

Even when it seems impossible to find time to meet up, you can probably manage it if you use these tips. And the best thing about it? Once you’re back in the habit of making time to see friends, it’ll get easier to plan meet-ups in future. It’s a win-win situation!

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5 Little Life Hacks to Change Your World

Do you want to improve your life and become a better person? Of course, who wouldn’t? However, you might not know the best ways to change that are likely to have the maximum impact on your happiness and well-being. The five following life hacks are little, but applying them can enhance your energy, mood, and outlook.

Get up early

If you don’t usually get up early, you’re missing something special. Rise before everyone else, and you’ll experience a sense of peace and calm that’s not present the rest of the day. Also, you’ll get a head start. Early rising gives you the chance to ease into the morning and allow the night’s cobwebs to lift gently. Instead of rushing into everyday tasks, you can create a wise, positive intention to carry forth and set your mind as you wish. You can also begin chores sooner than you would if you got up later, and so complete them earlier, or be more productive.

Stop trying to be understood

Your happiness will increase if you cease wanting others to understand you. Seriously, you might not recognize how much time you spend fretting over whether others ‘get’ you, but it’s probably a lot. Just imagine how much less complicated life would be if you no longer cared if people had a good grasp on what you were thinking and feeling.

The good news is, it’s up to you. You can decide to drop worrying about how people’s perception of you might not match your innermost feelings and just enjoy being you.

Listen to your intuition

How often have you smacked your forehead in disbelief because you didn’t listen to the warning voice in your head and made a mistake? There’s no point saying “I knew that was going to happen” but not taking notice of your intuition the next time it speaks. From now on, respect your inner wisdom, whether it arises from a gut feeling or thought. As a result, you’ll have fewer problems.

Take a break

You live in a busy world where productivity pays, sometimes anyway. For this reason, you fill your days with activity, imagining doing so will be rewarding. Even if you’re only watching the TV or cleaning the kitchen cupboard, you’re doing something. Nonetheless, your activities often don’t make you happy because you’re stressed.

As cheesy as it sounds, stopping to smell the roses really will improve your well-being. When you slow down and do less, your anxiety decreases. You breathe a sigh of relief since pressure lifts.

Get rid of clutter

Declutter your home and your life will follow suit. You’ll think more clearly and be smarter and more positive when you don’t face mounds of junk each day. Walk from room to room, noticing where mess accumulates and consider how to accommodate it better – not by filling a box you never empty, but by putting it away in the right places.

First, though, you might have to create the “right places.” Hang hooks where items that can be hung are piled. Put goods that don’t need to live where they are back where they came from, and add storage containers where they are needed. Plus, schedule time in which to rehouse items that wind up in the wrong places, because, let’s face it, they still will occasionally.

These five little life hacks have the power to transform your well-being, but you have to do them rather than only reading about them. Add them to your routine behaviors until they become habits, and your life will improve.


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