For busy professionals, managing an entire team or department of people can be easier than maintaining a consistent dating life. The lack of time makes romantic commitments rather difficult and we often find ourselves having to ignore that part of our lives entirely in order to focus on our career.
If you’re tired of work-life consistently overshadowing your romantic efforts, don’t worry, there’s hope for you yet! In this article, we give you the best tips on how to go from balancing spreadsheets to balancing a proper dating schedule.
Sign Up For A Professional Online Dating Service
For those of us who’re pressed for time, signing up for an online dating service is one the most convenient way of finding romance. A decade ago online dating was considered something that only reserved for the desperate and the introverted, but it has now become a norm.
For a greater chance of success, we recommend looking for online dating sites that cater specifically to professionals, like Elite Singles and The Inner Circle. This will help you find someone who’s compatible with your own lifestyle, improving your chances of starting a satisfying, long-term relationship.
The best online dating sites will do much of the work for you: finding potential matches in your area and giving you an easy way of getting in touch with them. Plus being able to view a person’s profile with their interests and background means that you can get to know them even before you meet face-to-face. When you simply don’t have the time to chase unworthy prospects, this is honestly a lifesaver.
Hire An Introduction Agency
If you’re so busy that you don’t have the time to create a good dating profile then hiring an introduction/dating agency might be the way to go. Of course, this is more expensive than online dating but in return you get the ability to delegate the matchmaking process entirely to actual humans instead of a complex computer algorithm. You’ll also get more personalized and intimate service.
The process typically kicks off with an initial consultation where an experienced matchmaker will ask you several questions in order to create an accurate dating profile. Afterward, he/she will painstakingly go through existing dating profiles in their database and find matches for you. Most agencies will even help you set up dates with your matches as well one-on-one coaching with your matchmaker on how to make these dates a resounding success.
Take Dating Seriously
Whether you’ve found a match on a site or agency, or have a friend set you up on a blind date, the next step is to commit to dating. Dates require a lot of commitment and unfortunately there’s really no workaround to it. The most important thing is that you’re ‘present’ and actively participating in the date instead of checking your phone every ten minutes or so.
There’s nothing more annoying than having someone not pay attention to you while you’re trying to have a conversation with them. Hence, before you set up the date, you ideally need to make sure that both your schedule and mind are clear on that day and time. If it’s a busy time in the workplace, your phone might be constantly buzzing with emails and texts, so make sure you have it on silent when you’re meeting up with your date.
Be Upfront About Your Lifestyle
The last thing you want to do is to give someone the false impression that you have plenty of time to go on dates. This can lead to a ton of disappointment and a loss in trust very early in the relationship. Instead, the best thing to do is be completely honest about how busy you are on a daily basis. In turn, this will allow the person to better prepare for how the dating situation is going to be and even help you plan out a ‘calendar’ that aligns with both of your schedules.
If the prospect doesn’t like the idea of being with someone as busy as you then at least you’ll be able to break it off early and save the both of you from becoming majorly disappointed later.
Make Sure You’re Not Settling
Compatible lifestyles aren’t the only thing that you should look for in the person you’re looking to date. After all, you’re looking for the love of your life, not just someone who you can co-exist peacefully with! Hence, you should be compatible with all the other important ways as well including interests, ambitions, humour, values…etc.
As you can see, there are several ways for professionals to still maintain healthy romantic relationships, despite having a busy life. You can create an online dating profile in a service catered specifically to professional or hire an introductory agency. Once you’ve found your match however, you’ve got to take dating seriously and be completely honest about your lifestyle.