They say time is the best gift you could ever give someone because you are essentially sharing a piece of your life with them that you can never get back. Seeing as how my primary Love Language is Quality Time, I tend to agree. So, how do you make time for a relationship when you’re being pulled in a hundred different directions?

One of the most common complaints among couples is that their partner doesn’t put enough time or effort into the relationship to the point that it has become completely one-sided

We find time for the things that matter most to us in life. If you want to prioritize your relationship, you have to start finding time to focus on your partner. 

Organize Regular Outings

We’re all busy with work, travel, and family responsibilities; if you can’t fit a date into your calendar every week, then make up for it by whisking her off for a weekend getaway.

We all experience ruts in our relationships from time to time. Things start to feel monotonous and boring. Sound familiar? Try getting out of your routine. Instead of going to the same places all the time, try that spicy new spot that just opened up. Attend a pop-up art exhibit. Learn a new sport or skill together. 

The point is, if being in love is important to you, then you have to make time for a relationship in your life. If you need to delegate some projects to ensure you’re out of the office on time every Friday night, then do it. 

A good way to encourage more date nights is to buy season tickets somewhere. If it’s already paid for, and you know you have an empty box waiting on you, you’re more likely to find time to go.

And yes, if necessary…pencil in intimacy. It’s not sexy to put it on the calendar, but if that’s the only way to guarantee it happens, then write it in big letters and underline it in red. 

Forget Your Phones

The keyword of Quality Time is quality. It’s impossible to feel in tune with someone who is more focused on itunes.

We’re addicted to our devices enough as it is

From sleep to sex, studies show there are countless reasons why leaving your phone outside of the bedroom at night is a good idea. You should also ban them from the dinner table and date night. In the early stages of a relationship, you don’t always get to spend the amount of time with your significant other that you want, so you have to make the most of the time you do get. 

Carve Out Time for Communication

Whenever possible, go to bed together at the same time and include communication as part of your nightly routine. While you’re getting ready for bed and snuggling in for the night, use that time to connect.

Even if you’re in different parts of the world, take a few moments in the evening to check in with one another emotionally. Facetime is a beautiful invention, but phone calls are nice too.

Ask one another the following questions each night before bed.

  1. Is there anything on your heart you want to talk about?
  2. Did I do anything today that upset you?
  3. What was your highlight and lowlight of today?
  4. Are you looking forward to and/or dreading anything about tomorrow?
  5. What do you need from me to make tomorrow a good day?

Time is our most valuable resource. It’s finite and we never know how much of it we have left. How do you want to spend it? If falling in love and building a partnership is important to you, then you have to make time for a relationship in your world.

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