1. Measure your time
When can you free up time to schedule a date night? Like any goal, you’ll need to start with a plan. Evaluate your current lifestyle and habits.
Be honest with yourself. This way, you can build intimacy with another without sacrificing what matters most to you.
2. Write your non-negotiables
Are there a few traits in your potential partner that you cannot live without? Narrow in on characteristics you enjoy the most in a companion and number them by importance. Writing out these features will give you more flexibility to say “no” to someone who doesn’t quite meet your standards. It’s equally important to know what you won’t put up with so that you can avoid settling into a relationship “just because.”
3. Recognize the role you play
While filling in the lines of your ideal companion, take note of the kind of partner you will be. Remove other’s opinions and focus on your own values. Sharing your life with someone else is a big commitment and the more conscious you are of your intentions, the smoother this transition can be.
4. Get comfortable saying “Yes”
With the plethora of apps and online dating sites, sometimes one of the most impactful things for singles to do is just say “yes” to an invitation in real life. You will likely need to break out of your daily norm to experience new people, and the best way to do that is having the willingness to put yourself in unfamiliar situations.
Love shouldn’t be a sacrifice of fulfillment. Relationships are meant to enhance your lifestyle, not hinder it. Enjoy the richness that comes with opening your heart to love. You can successfully do this without losing yourself in the process.