Do you feel like you’re too busy to date? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
When you’re 50, it often feels like your calendar is already full, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for love.
By now, you’re probably pretty sure of who you are, what you want out of a partner, and how you want to spend the rest of your life. That puts you in a great position to meet someone special.
However, incorporating dating into your life isn’t always easy.
Dating requires time, patience, and a good attitude, but there’s a way for everyone to make room for it in their schedules.
Here are six ways to find time to date when you’re 50.
Do you feel like you can’t make room for dating because you’ve got a packed schedule? If so, think again.
Smart scheduling is key when you want to date at 50. Every plan or meeting can be changed, all it takes is a little flexibility.
Are you an early riser? If so, try to leave space in your afternoon for a lunch date.
Alternatively, if you’re a night owl with a lot of nighttime commitments, go on dates in the AM. After all, who doesn’t love a brunch or morning coffee date?
Daytime dates have serious perks. They’re short and sweet, making them the perfect opportunity to test the waters with a new crush.
Date activities can be a real gamechanger.
If you suffer from first date nerves, having an activity to focus on can be a great distraction.
Better yet? Date activities make clever use of your time. You can date and complete some chores or social meetings in one go.
If you and your date are both sports fans, why not invite them to workout with you? You two could go for a hike or even attend a gym class together.
Or if you’ve been on several dates already, then why not invite a date to a social activity you already enjoy? They could come along to your book club or come by to a group dinner with your friends.
Sure, sharing these parts of your life with a match is a big step, but it’s also necessary.
Combining two activities like this will also save you time. That’s important when you feel like you’re too busy to date.
Are you too busy to date or are you using your schedule as an excuse for something else?
Dating can be draining and at 50, you understand that better than anyone.
You’ve probably already experienced some heartbreaks in your time, maybe even a divorce. Past romantic traumas like these can lead to relationship anxiety.
Healing from this kind of heartbreak takes time. If you’re still recovering, shelve dating for a while and focus on yourself instead.
Take time to consider whether you’re ready to start dating again, be patient with yourself, and listen to your heart.
Once you’re finished healing, you’ll feel much more prepared to make room for dating.
Attitude is everything when it comes to dating. If you feel like you’re too busy to date, try changing your mindset.
Start seeing everything as a chance to meet potential partners. Whether you’re going to the grocery store or a class at the gym, always be on your A-game.
Strike up a conversation with strangers at meetings, bars, and birthday parties. Go out of your way to be sociable. What’s the worst that can happen?
Just like any other commitment, dating requires time, preparation, and attention.
If you feel like you’re too busy to date, ask yourself “Am I prioritizing dates as much as my other commitments?” If you answer no, then it’s time to make some changes.
We advise blocking some time for dates in your calendar or diary. Respect the date blocks in your calendar just as much as the blocks for work, appointments, and social events.
Doing this will help you view dating as a serious commitment and not just some activity you do on the side.
Do you have an early bedtime routine that you’ve grown accustomed to? If so, it could be time to mix things up.
Say you normally go to bed around 10. Well, what would happen if you bumped that to 10:45? Would things be much different?
Sure, the extra 45 minutes isn’t a wide enough window for a full-blown date, but it could still be useful.
For example, it’s enough time to spend online dating or to call someone that you’re interested in.
Making small changes like this will add time to your day and it probably won’t cause you much trouble either. So why not give it a go?
Finding love at 50 may require time and effort, however, its rewards are worth it.
So if you feel like you’re too busy to date, simply take note of our advice.
Remember, dating can be liberating, so you won’t regret making space for it.