You’ve got a kick-ass career and you need to juggle your time so that you can find time to meet someone new. What is really holding you back?
Rachel is a Marketing Executive and even though she doesn’t really have the time to miss being in a relationship, the lack of a local lockdown bubble made her admit that finding someone with similar values would be a bonus. Does any of this sound like you?
Dating App Fatigue
If you feel like you don’t have time for dating that might be because you’re dating in the wrong way. If you're someone who is constantly downloading, deleting, and redownloading your dating apps, let us help you identify the issue here. You’re suffering from dating fatigue and the fear of wasting time. We get it. Spending the time to find a ‘match’ organise a date, and actually go on the date can be overwhelming. Sometimes without realising you’re saying no to the right person, or you’re only one foot in. All of these issues can be fixed with a bit of focus and the right dating platform. Don't forget, when you use all of the resources available to you in the right way you’ll not only save time, but increase your chances of finding someone for you.
You’re Not the Only One
With a busy work life it is hard to prioritise something that can feel superfluous like dating. It can feel impossible to even consider dating or conversing with someone when you are spending so much time with your coworkers, clients and company. Someone like Rachel might work a fifty-five hour week and have other commitments at either end of that, but that doesn’t mean that the potential for love and happiness needs to be thrown to the wayside. What are you doing after work, or during your lunch break? Binging on Instagram, scrolling through TikTok or rewatching your favourite series on Netflix are fun stress releases but, we know, and you know, that they can’t replace human interaction.
Looking in the Right Places:
Okay, so maybe finding your other half has never been high on your list of priorities. Then enters the pandemic… One year in, it’s hard not to wonder what braving the pandemic with someone would have been like. Regardless, perhaps this situation has been the push you needed to prioritise a relationship. Let’s forget about the past and look to the future. It’s easy to download a few dating apps and have a flick through, but it’s not easy to keep up the work that goes into maintaining these conversations, especially when there has been no end of lockdown in sight. Take a step back from the dating apps and start looking elsewhere. Why not sign-up for more professional networking events, industry led talks and webinars? Connecting with someone organically in an unlikely place can be great because you have something in common without the pressures of a traditional dating event. Remember, sometimes love creeps up on us in mysterious ways. Mingling and networking with more people in and out of your professional circles can not only lead to valuable friendships, but can also lead to relationships. Spending more time in these kinds of spaces allows you to learn more about your industry and more about yourself. Maybe you realise that it would be hard to extricate yourself and date someone outside of your profession. These are all things that you can find out by putting yourself out there more and widening your professional circle, even in lockdown.
Prioritise Your Love Life
Once you come to terms with where dating sits on your list of priorities here are the top tips.
- Considering moving things around in your diary to facilitate new events.
- Set restrictions when it comes to your WFH hours. Choose one or two days a week maximum that you are willing to work overtime. This not only allows you to make time for new friendships and possible long-term relationships.
- Choose one or two dating platforms or services and professional networking and spend some time attending events.