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Work-Life Balance: Balancing Work With Dating

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Work-Life Balance: Balancing Work With Dating

Balance is seldom a static thing. Even if we manage somehow to reach a point where every important facet of our lives is a part of one harmonic equilibrium, those facets themselves are ever-changing: our social groups pick up a few new members, our kids pick up new hobbies, and our parents' needs evolve, shifting the weight of their influence on our schedules and priorities. Add dating to the mix, with all its uncertainties and shifting dynamics, and it's easy to see why so many of us who are dedicated to our work simply decide that romance will have to be put on the back burner for now.

Back burners are fine, except that things left on them tend to stay there. If you haven't got time to date right now, of course it's just going to have to wait. But if your big-picture and long-term goals involve long-lasting or permanent relationships, keeping dating on the to-do list but consistently sliding it down lineup will never get you there. Advice for meeting someone, which is outside the scope of this article, abounds in reputable places online, and once you make your dating life a priority, you'll want to give it the same attention in the work-life equation that you give the other big things.

Our pets and children need us in ways that don't allow for a lot of flexibility, so although our dating relationships can be just as important, there is a temptation to squeeze those out of the tightening schedule when unexpected curveballs come our way. There's nothing wrong with taking advantage of flexibility, but don't turn rescheduling into canceling. Like that weekly status meeting that gets shuffled around on the calendar based on the needs of its participants, you can move date night around while still insisting on having it. An article for Your Coffee Break suggests picking one work-free night and sticking to it. While the night itself might be movable, commit to having it, and agree with your date that you'll keep cell phones in pockets except at moments of transition (from the car to the restaurant, for example, or during trips to the restroom).

If work is necessarily your first priority in this season of your life, make sure you communicate this to any dates with longer-term potential. It might be a dealbreaker for some relationships, but it's best to find that out early. You know yourself well enough to know if you've got it in you to say no to work, and it's not fair to others if you make relationship commitments you know you can't prioritize justly. The same goes for children, parents, volunteer work, or whatever else is hanging on to the balance of your life. Just keep in mind that nothing stays the same, and what starts off as casual dating can find itself an increasingly important piece of the puzzle. Here's hoping!

Link:
Your Coffee Break http://www.levo.com/articles/lifestyle/work-relationship-balance

 

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