For many of us, the older we get, the harder it is to stay connected to our friends. Between our careers, families, and responsibilities, we barely have a minute for ourselves. How do we find time for our friends too? The truth is, most of us don’t. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are three ways to sustain your friendships when you’re busy.
1. Social Media
The first, and most simple, way to keep up with your friends is by using social media to your advantage. While this may sound like a no-brainer, the trick is to be active. You can’t lurk in the background and think that’s enough – it’s not! While you don’t have to post daily (or even weekly), you do have to make sure to check in every now and then. Make sure you update your page with major life changes like a career change, a move, or a new addition to your family. In the same respect, congratulate your friends when they post their good news. By staying in-the-know, you always have the foundation to continue toward building deeper friendships offline when you have more time.
2. Scheduled Meet-Ups
When you were younger, you didn’t need a calendar and a week’s notice in order to hang out with your pals, but times have changed! When busy schedules collide, planning is your ally. Talk with your friends about your availability, then schedule meet-ups in advance. Set reminders. Send confirmation texts the day before. Prioritize your commitments. If you want to see your friends, you’ll have to be intentional.
3. Annual Vacations
If you can’t get together for regular meet-ups due to distance or scheduling conflicts, you can still maintain a strong connection through vacations. Annual “friend trips” have grown in popularity over recent years and don’t seem to be losing steam. Instead of interacting digitally, friend groups are deciding to trade in screen time for “in real life” experiences. By meeting in picturesques or thrilling locations to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime trips, lifelong friendships are solidified through the joy of creating unique, yearly memories.
Friendships are important, no matter how busy we get. Although it may require more effort to stay united, there are few bonds more precious than a lifelong friend. Use these three tips to sustain your friendships and cherish the lifelong memories you create together.