QUICK DATES FOR BUSY PEOPLE
November 08, 2017
No time for Date Night? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to set aside an entire evening to spend with their partner, no matter how badly they want to.
Couples with young children, partners who date across borders, students juggling jobs and course loads – there are many people who are living extremely busy lives but still want to keep the spark alive.
Fortunately, all it takes is a little creativity. A ‘date’ doesn’t have to be a full-on night on the town with a swanky limo and high heels. A date can be 30 minutes of quality time with your partner in the midst of a hectic day.
Here are a few ways to sneak in a few moments to spend with Your Person when you just don’t have the time:
CHAT THEM UP BEFORE BREAKFAST
No time to hang out in the morning? Get a quick chat in before you both storm off for work by joining your partner in the bathroom. Bring your cup of coffee, perch on the edge of the tub while they do their showering and shaving and get to grips with what the day ahead holds for you both.
This is a straightforward way to keep track of what’s going on in your partner’s life and being cognisant of any stress they’re under. It’s also a great time to give each other a little ‘carpe diem’ pep talk.
MEET UP FOR LUNCH
Nice try, right? Who has the time to pack up in the middle of the day and brave the traffic to a restaurant where you have to wait for at least 45 minutes for your meal? It just doesn’t add up.
Easy fix! Pack a sandwich or salad, close the office door and have a 30-minute Skype or Facetime conversation with your partner while you both enjoy your lunch. If you enjoy gaming, you could even indulge in a quick game of online chess (or World of Warcraft if you’re that advanced).
EMBRACE THE VOICE NOTE
If you’re really in a ‘ships passing in the night’ phase due to clashing schedules, it’s time to embrace the voice note. It’s not always an appropriate time to call and drag your partner out of a meeting or important frame of mind to engage with you on an unrelated matter, but you can leave them a voice note to listen to when they have the time.
Whenever you see or hear something you thought might interest them, or even just make them smile, hit the record button and send them a note to brighten their day. Even a string of silly emojis could do the trick on a particularly hectic day – you just want them to know you’re thinking about them.
There you have it – three ways to sneak in small ‘dates’ when you are starved for time. We bet you didn’t know that such simple interactions could even be seen as a date, right? That’s the point! We’re here to tell you that every moment you consciously spend with or on your partner is an investment in the longevity of your relationship. So, make a point of doing it as often as you can.