Managing Your Social Life
In this three part series on how to manage your time between your social life, work life, and home life, I will be talking about the different ways to manage your time and make better decisions with your current options.
This post is all about managing your social life. Unless you’re me, you most likely have some kind of social events in your life, whether that be meeting up with friends after work, having a girls’ night, or a date night with your SO. Sometimes you end up with too many obligations, or even more than one happening at the same time. This post should hopefully help your figure out how to keep track of your social obligations and how to decide between events when things get a bit crowded.
Things You’ll Need: Social media apps, ways of communication, planner
Prioritize Your Outings
If you happen to be the social bunny type with multiple invitations to events, it’s more than likely you’ll have a few that might overlap or are at the same time. You could also be overwhelmed and not be able to make every obligation in the same week. So what do you do? You prioritize!
- Is there one even you want to go to over the other?
- Will you regret not going to one over the other?
- Can you possibly stop by at one for a small amount of time then go to the other?
- Will you be penalized in any way for not going to one? (like say, a work event)
If you’re like me, you usually have an initial gut reaction towards things like this, but you want to go through the motions to make sure you’re making the right decision.
Life is short, so do what makes you happy. (As long as it won’t get you fired or killed)
Use Social Media to Keep in Touch
Your social time isn’t only related to face-to-face interaction. There’s also the digital version of screen-to-screen! Social media like Facebook messenger, Snapchat, and Instagram all have messaging systems that enable you to keep in touch. There’s also goo old fashioned texting as well.
As an introvert, I’m more comfortable with text words than spoken words. I have the chance to get out what I’m thinking and edit things if they don’t make sense or are a little out of order.
Things like group chats also enable you to get multiple people together at once to discuss plans.
Don’t Be Pressured
One of the downsides of being connected all the time is the dreaded FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out. We don’t want to miss out on all the fun that we could be having! But what if you don’t feel well, or you really need to finish a project at work, or you’re just stressed out and need a night in? You really want to go to whatever even is going on later tonight, but you’re also not up to it/able to go.
What do you do?
Sometimes having a night in by yourself to recoup is exactly what you need, or that project you really should finish. Don’t let FOMO dictate your life!
If you don’t want to go out, don’t. If you feel staying the extra hour at the office to get a little more done on a project will feel more rewarding than a few pints at the bar, then so be it. Don’t let others dictate how you spend your free time.
Do you have any other ways you organize your social life? Let me know in the comments!