Balancing work and love – how to date when you’re a busy career woman

Looking for love while blanking a full-on career? Here’s how to make time to date when you’re a busy career woman.

Over the past one year, full-time female employment in the UK has tripled the male rate, with women working three-quarters of the hours by men. This is compared to two-thirds over two decades ago, according to Bloomberg.

The increasing number of women in more demanding professional jobs and management roles is a key reason for the shift in working hours.

And, while maintaining a top position in the professional world is many woman’s ambition, spending long hours in the office could be one of the poor habits stopping you from meeting the one if you’re single.

The good news is that you don’t need to compromise on either – your work or your romantic dreams. With a few lifestyle adjustments, you can start dating and find your significant other without losing your job. 

Make time to search for a potential partner

You can’t expect to find a partner if you don’t make time to go out and look for one, according to Datingpilot. So, while fitting dating into your already busy schedule can be tough, if you want to meet that special someone, you need to make time to do so.

Luckily there are some strategies that can help you start dating despite being busy. You can get started with internet dating without even leaving your office, setting up a profile and chatting to potential dates online.

You can also look for opportunities to meet new people in real life, via social and work events. The more you open your life up to new people and experiences, the wider your potential pool of dates will be.

Manage your time wisely

Lack of time and commitment are some of the leading causes of job loss and relationship failures. However, you can maintain a healthy relationship with your partner and keep your job if you manage the time you have wisely.

For example, if you need to work long hours at the end of the month, plan for a weekend getaway with your partner at the start. That way, you can spend quality time together before being apart for a week or two. You’ll also come back from a break away rejuvenated and ready to handle the challenges at work.

If you have just started dating, ask your prospective partner to meet you for a coffee or lunch break. The point is to make use of every opportunity to spend time with your partner, while not letting your work slip. 

Separate your professional life from your love life

Separating your personal life from work is a healthy way to have a successful career and a happy love life. And the best way to a achieve a balance of work and love is to set boundaries.

For example, when you’re at work, focus on the task at hand. Avoid distractions like checking messages and emails from your partner or potential dates.

And if you’re planning to meet someone during lunch, make sure you plan it in advance to ensure you can make the date and spend the full hour with them, without an urgent work project interrupting. And when spending time with your partner, give them your full attention; it’s not very flattering competing with someone’s email alerts.

Balancing your work and private life is important. So make the effort to spend time with your significant other, discover new hobbies, and plan exciting activities that strengthen your bond.

When you make time for dating, you increase the chances of finding love. It doesn’t matter whether you do it online or offline; the most important thing is to try.

Photo by Hian Oliveira