Friendships. It’s something we need, especially as an outlet from crazy family drama and our hectic schedule.
Even though we need these relationships, it’s hard to make time for them as we age. It’s even harder to make new friends when we’re older.
Time is consumed and you barely have time for yourself. How do you fit friends into your hectic schedule?
If your friendships are valuable to you, then make time for them. Even if it’s only once a month.
Our relationships are priority in life. Here are some ideas to get your friends back on your schedule.
1- Sign up for a class.
Be creative and pick an interesting class where you can talk. Try painting, cooking, wine tasting etc.
This activity will increase your shared memories together and ensure you see each other regularly.
2- Plan a trip.
It can be a quick overnight trip to a nearby attraction or a long weekend at the beach.
It doesn’t have to be expensive – you’re just looking for a way to spend time with your friends.
3- Be active on social media.
While you’re waiting in line or have a few spare minutes, check your social media accounts. Respond to postings by your friends and share your experiences.
If social media isn’t your thing, then send your friends a quick text or photo from your phone. Technology makes it easier to stay in touch. Use it.
4- Invite them over for dinner.
Don’t make it complicated. Find a quick and easy casserole dish, grill out, or order takeout.
Many restaurants and grocery stores have options. Your friends would love to come to your place and share a meal.
Whatever you decide to do, remember your objective – to strengthen your friendships. Keep your activity simple and focus your time on your friends.
(Update to original post from March 14, 2017)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”