Shifting Away from Family to Make Time for Your Friends

Authentic Communication

The next step is to tell people what you’re doing! Communicate your shift to everyone you trust that will be affected by them, your family, friends, team, boss, etc. Work with them to put an actionable plan together that can help you achieve your goals. Not only will this let people know what you are trying to accomplish, but they can help hold you accountable when you waver.

Dividing Responsibilities

As you’re making your shift to make time for your friends, remember that doing all this doesn’t mean that you can keep or increase your responsibilities. Make sure that you are splitting up your responsibilities at home. Perhaps you wash up after meals and your partner cooks. The idea is to use your support network to help take the load off where it is too heavy or isn’t wanted so you can focus where you would like to be.

Blood isn’t Thicker Than Water

Friends are the family you choose. And perhaps that is why you are shifting in this way. And that’s fine! If you have built an incredible support network of friends that support you in good times and bad, then they are your family. As you make this shift, remember to choose your friends with care and make sure they have your best interests at heart.

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