Shifting from Spending Time with Your Friends to Focus on Career

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

If you are like most of us, you probably already spend a lot of time at work. But focusing and building a successful career takes a lot of time and effort. Right now, you want to focus on your career and spend less time with your friends.

Luckily, we have just the tips and tools to help you do that!

Setting Boundaries

When working towards your new goal, make sure you know and set boundaries to avoid being pulled back into old habits. Perhaps, before you decided to make a shift, you would grab dinner or hang out with your friends every weekend. Now, you have new priorities and your time will shift accordingly. Perhaps from now on, you will only hang out with them once a month. Whatever your line is, don’t cross it or allow it to be crossed. Set whatever boundaries make sense for you and stick to them!

168 Hours – Prioritize Your Time

When you’re looking at how to shift things around to realize your goals, remember you have 168 hours in a week. Where are you spending them? Take inventory, and I mean literally write down, where you are spending your time. How much do you sleep, eat, work, spend time with family, workout, hang out with friends, etc? Once you have how you currently are spending your time, take a look at what you can shift or cut down on to make more time for your career.

Authentic Communication

Now that you have a direction to go in, it’s time 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.

Toxic Friendships

Unfortunately, not all friends are created equal. In fact, some of the people we call our friends may be doing us more harm than good. Toxic friendships can affect your mental health and build unhealthy dependencies. Friends are the support network that you cultivate around yourself. So, as you make your shift and spend less time with your friends, make sure that you focus your time on the friends who support you without expecting anything in return. In other words, the friends who love you for you.

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