Too Busy for a Relationship? 7 Time-Saving Tips

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People are busy. Between work, hobbies, and Netflix queues, there’s little time to dedicate to dating. Despite this, we believe there’s always room for love, even if you think you’re too busy for a relationship.

Sure, balancing life and dating can be challenging. But it’s not impossible. All it takes is a little time-management.

So here’s our guide on how to open up your schedule when you feel that you’re too busy for a relationship. 

Our Advice for Anyone Too Busy for a Relationship 

Schedule a date during your workday

Looking for a way to sneak in a date that won’t upend your weekly schedule? Consider meeting someone during the day. 

If you and your date work close to one another, find a meeting place that can double up as your lunch spot. Or if you’re going to drop by a coffee shop en route to work, ask them if they want to meet there! 

A brief date like this is the perfect way to test the waters. It also means you don’t have to adapt your hectic calendar too much. 

Connect with your date during your errands

Keep it casual by connecting with your date as you’re ticking off your to-do list. 

Whether you’re going grocery shopping or taking your dog for a walk, ask your crush if they’d like to come along.

Sure it may sound pretty vanilla, but if your schedules are full, then it’s a way to make dating work. 

Maybe just avoid having this as the setting for a first date. Instead, save it for potential partners you feel more comfortable with.

Integrate your dating and social life  

Making time for friends doesn’t need to supersede your dating life. Why not integrate the two? 

If you already have an outing planned with friends, like a birthday party or a night out bowling, ask your crush to join.

If you’re worried that they’ll feel overwhelmed, assure them that they’re welcome to bring along a friend! Group dates can be great ice breakers!

Be selective with who gets your time

Dating can be time-consuming. If you’re always going on dates that don’t go anywhere, it can be draining too. 

Our advice? Don’t view dating as a numbers game. Instead, prioritize quality over quantity. 

Only pursue connections that make you feel like your best self. That way, you’re productively making use of your time. 

Remember, your time is valuable.  

Get online!

Online dating works. Seriously. 

Though creating a profilechoosing a great profile photo, and chatting to matches may take some getting used to. It’s something that you can improve on with practice. 

Online dating can be your BFF if you feel too busy for a relationship. It gives you the option of only matching with singles who share your expectations, saving you energy and time.

Also, there are no restrictions on when or where you use it, meaning you can search for love in between meetings. 

Even better? It’s one of the best ways to continue dating while social distancing.

Be open to meeting people anywhere at anytime 

Sure, online dating is a great tool to find love. But using it doesn’t mean you have to give up on making real-life connections.

Start seeing every place you go as an opportunity to connect with someone. Be open to meeting people at the gym or even standing in line at the bank. 

Present yourself as someone interested in meeting someone new and who knows, maybe you will!

Make a date and stick to it 

Busy people often cancel dates when their diary becomes swamped because they see them as changeable. But if you want to fit dating into your busy schedule, then you have to commit to dates. 

Sometimes it takes something as simple as putting a date into your calendar to promise yourself that you can’t, or won’t, break it. 

If you feel that you’re too busy for a relationship but still want to date, don’t worry. Finding time for love is always possible. No matter how chaotic your diary might be.

But creating space for love means changing your mindset. By making yourself available, you’ll realize that dating with a busy schedule isn’t just possible, it’s fun! 

About the author: Brianne Hogan

Brianne is a Canadian freelance writer who's been writing about dating and relationships longer than any of her relationships. She applies a "do what I say, not do what I do" approach to her articles, and believes you can find Your Person mostly when you aren't looking. So enjoy your life, and eat lots of cheese (at least that's her motto). Her byline's been featured on Thrillist, The Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, Elle Canada, Flare, Awesomeness TV, among others.

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