10 Ways To Spend Time With Friends When You Have Too Much To Do

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Too much to do and little time to do it? We all know the feeling of fearing missing out – commonly known as ‘FOMO’ nowadays – where all our friends are out and we are stuck at home finishing a never ending pile of work. However we’re here to the rescue! Here are 10 tips to help you spend time with your friends, even when you have a lot on your plate (you’re welcome!)

1. Keep in touch

If you can’t get out to see your friends, then a quick phone call or a nice text message will let them know you’re still alive. Making sure you keep in touch is the best way for your friends to know you still care and want to see them. With FaceTime and Skype these days, you can feel as though you’re in the same room as your friends even if you’re thousands of miles away.

2. Arrange dates in advance

Make sure you organise plans in advance, taking some time to write them in your diary and being sure to have your work done in time to see your friends will ensure you’re not thinking about work while you’re hanging out. There’s nothing worse than a friend that cancels last minute due to a heavy workload – don’t be that girl!

3. Take a break

If you are working seven days a week, take an hour’s break and see your friends for a coffee while you recharge your batteries – you aren’t going to be good to anyone running on empty!

4. Meet for lunch (you need to eat)

Meet friends for lunch or dinner! It’s only like you’re taking a break to eat at home, so what’s the difference if you go for a meal at your favourite restaurant instead? Besides, you have to eat!

5. Make a work calendar

Organise your work schedule in a diary or planner. Decide what days you’re going to do what, plan till your heart is content, and then you should feel more organised and have plenty of free time to squeeze in a date night – or two – with your girlfriends.

6. Kill time wasters

Procrastination gets to the best of us, but sometimes you just have to knuckle down and get stuff done. On average people spend up to two hours a day checking their emails. Just checking them – isn’t that nuts! Imagine what you could do with those extra two hours – maybe finish your work and see your friends! Just a thought.

7. Do your tasks together

When you’ve got jobs to do, like grocery shopping or going to the gym, take your friends with you. There’s nothing better than making a horrible job enjoyable – especially when that horrible thing is a gym class.

8. Be proactive

There is no better feeling than rolling into bed knowing you’ve made the most out of your day. Make yourself a list for everyday and the more crosses on the list the closer you are to seeing your friends at the club tonight!

9. Work together

When you have a lot of stuff to do, work on it together. Even being in each others company counts for something – make a ‘study date,’ grab some coffee and work on your individual projects together.

10. Make time

Friendship is a two way street, so make sure that you treasure your friends and let them know you care. Even when you are busy, it’s important to try and make the time to see your friends – where would you be without them?


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Written by Holly Deakin.

  • Rae

    Loved this post so much. I am a notorious workaholic but crave social interaction so I am always looking for ways to do both. Some of these are things I have already started to do – like working together or doing tasks together (going to the gym for example) but some of the stuff on this list were new ideas to me. Thanks for the great suggestions!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Ms. Peony And Grahams

    Great inspiration and reminder to give my girlfriends a call! I have also been trying to simplify my life which is giving me a lot more time for the things that make me happiest, like hanging out with my friends. I have been using this guide to simplify: http://www.peonyandgrahams.com/2015/08/the-simple-chic-life-principle.html

  • Hannah

    Such a great post, sometimes it can feel difficult to fit time to see friends but every bit of contact counts!


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