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5 Tips For Forming Friendships Later In Life

While work is an important part of life, it’s the relationships that really make it all worthwhile. Most of us are lucky enough to have some long-lasting and meaningful friendships over the years, but as with most things, friendships can fade with time. Making new friends is always a good course for a happy and healthy life, but forming those kinds of relationships can be difficult as you get older. But if you’re looking to build new friendships and introduce some new meaningful relationships in your life, here are some tips to follow.

Get out of the house.

You can get pretty comfortable in your own house, but it’s not very likely that you’re going to meet anyone there you don’t already know. In order to make new friends you’ll need to step outside your comfort zone. Get out in public, join groups, be a part of the community and then you start meeting new people. It can be a little scary putting yourself out there like that but in order to meet new people and form new friendships, you’ll have to really embrace your social side.

Add your own interests to it.

While you need to be able to step outside your comfort zone in order to make new relationships, you don’t need to base these new relationships on things you have no interest in. Instead of trying to make a new friendship fit into your own interests, build friendships by using your own passions and hobbies as the groundwork. If you’re a book-lover, meet people at a book club. If you’re a sports fan, meet people at a pick-up game of basketball. It’s a great way to meet people and established your friendship based on a common interest.

Don’t put up boundaries.

One of the best ways to ensure you DO NOT make friends, is by going out with blinders on. This is to say, if you’re looking to form new relationships, don’t begin by putting up barriers and thinking there are some people you can’t be friends with. There’s no guidelines for who you can be friends with, so don’t let something like being of two different generation dissuade you from forming a relationship with someone you connect with. The beautiful thing about making friendships later in life is that you are mature enough and have all these experiences that you can relate to a great many people.

Don’t push things too fast.

Legitimate friendships don’t come about just because you’re looking for new friends, they occur naturally. It can be difficult to let a friendship form by itself but trying to force a relationship when it won’t happen naturally only makes for an awkward experience. Meet people, get to know them and let time develop the friendship.

Commit.

As with anything that takes time to develop, you have to be willing to commit to building a friendship. These things don’t happen by themselves and once a friendship does develop, it still needs to be maintained. If you make a connection with someone and want to form that relationship, you need to be willing to reach out and help to strengthen the friendship as it grows.

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6 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Time

I don’t think there’s a person among us who would not like to have more time. No matter how much we have accomplished and how well we feel we’ve used the hours in our day, there is always the feeling that we could have done more. As we grow older, that sense of not having enough time seems to grow and we begin to look at areas in our lives we wish we could spend more time on. Some people retire just so they have more time to spend with family. However, if you learn a few time management techniques, you might find that you have found time in your day you never knew was there before. Here are a few tips for making the most of the time you have.

Have a plan.

As with many such concepts, planning ahead is always a good first step. Making a plan of attack for the day sets you out on the right track of using every moment you have to accomplish those things that are of top priority without wasting your time with things that can wait until later. Ironically, most people don’t do this for their daily routine as they see it as unnecessarily taking up valuable time. You would be surprised, however, at how effective thig can be in having a productive day.

Don’t sit around waiting.

There are usually a few very significant moments in your day, be it meetings, events, conversations and so worth. But the majority of the day is filled with the time in between those moments. If you could identify how much time you spend each day waiting for the next big thing, you’d kick yourself. Use those waiting moments productively. Fill them with whatever you can get done in the smaller moments. Make the most of your mornings instead of just killing time before you have to leave for work. These little adjustments can add hours to your day.

Find family time wherever you can.

One of the most common things that comes up when speaking of not having enough time is family. Professionals feel as though their job is taking them away from the time they could and should be spending time with their family. It is a real conflict but sometimes people just have to look at the time you have in front of you. In the struggle of work and family, work is the immovable object where family can occur anywhere and anytime. Steal those family moments whenever you can and make more opportunities for them to present themselves.

Don’t neglect sleep.

Of course, when some people consider how they can make more time in the day, they think the obvious solution is to make their days longer. They go to bed late and get up early and think they suddenly have hours more time on their hands. In reality, this approach is likely to do more harm than good. People need sleep, especially as we age. Depriving yourself of sleep drains your energy, so although you may be awake more hours in the day, you’ll be less productive than if you just got a good night’s sleep. Even a short nap is advisable as it helps you stay sharp for the rest of the day.

Focus on the work at hand.

Staying focused is a big part of staying productive and using your time wisely. It’s all too easy to become distracted when you’re bouncing around from task to task. That’s why a daily plan is so helpful. It gives you a chance to consider what needs to get done in that particular day, so you know what to focus on and you know what distractions to avoid. If you remain focused on the essential work only, your productivity will be excellent.

Stay healthy.

What is the point of having more time in your day if you’re in poor health? No matter what is going on in our lives, taking care of ourselves and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you should focus on (if not the most important). And good health leads to more time. Just like with getting a good sleep, if we eat right, exercise regularly and cut out those bad habits, we will be able to accomplish more in a day, as well as have more days in our lives.

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5 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Monday Morning

Well, the weekend is almost upon us and this time of day, it can be hard to think of anything else but how you’re going to spend those days off. The last thing you want to be thinking of on a Friday afternoon is Monday morning, but doing a little prep now and over the weekend can make things go much easier. Mondays can be busy and stressful so even though you don’t feel like it at the time, a little effort now will be much appreciated later. Keep these things in mind for the rest of your Friday and into the weekend to make your Monday morning go a whole lot smoother.

Prioritize.

When you arrive at work on Monday morning and see all the work that’s ahead of you, it can be pretty overwhelming. You can feel like you’re buried under so many tasks, unable to make real progress, and it can really drain your productivity. On Friday afternoon, try going through the workload for the next week and prioritize things. Chances are not everything is on an immediate deadline and it doesn’t all need to be taken care of on Monday. Rank your tasks by priority and allow yourself some breathing room when you come back after the weekend.

Don’t push work.

I get it, it’s almost the weekend, your mind is wandering and you really don’t want to have to focus on work. You figure any work you have can wait until after the weekend so you push it until Monday. While that helps you have a more relaxing afternoon now, it’s a little short-sighted. I guarantee as much as you might think it’s fine now, come Monday morning, you’ll be cursing yourself for adding one more thing to the list. Just power through the rest of your Friday work, enjoy your weekend and you’ll be thanking yourself come Monday.

Meal plan.

Aside from your work, the week ahead can be pretty hectic for other aspects of your life. One of the biggest little struggles we have to deal with is coming home and deciding what we want for dinner, or making our lunches for the next work day. Give some thought to your meals over the weekend and start the prep work on Sunday night. Get the necessary groceries, divide up the ingredients, and even prepare meals that can then be stored away. It shouldn’t take up too much time on your weekend and is one less thing to worry about during the busy work week.

Relax on Sunday night.

Of course, the weekend is still for relaxing. As much as you can do some prep work to make your life easier for next week, enjoying yourself and getting some much-deserved R&R is equally as important. If you spend you weekend on the move and doing all sorts of tasks, it can begin to feel like you didn’t have a weekend at all. While you should certainly enjoy your weekends to the fullest, try taking it easy on Sunday night. Watch a movie, read a book, take a bath—whatever relaxes you and get you ready for work the next morning.

Get a goodnight’s sleep.

Getting rest is essential for starting off your day right. A couple of late night’s on the weekend is totally fine but come Sunday night you have to start thinking about the work week ahead. Get to bed at a decent hour and ensure you get a solid sleep so you can wake up Monday morning rested and ready to tackle the week.