We are already a few weeks into 2018, which means our New Year’s resolutions are set, and we are hopefully well on our way to making these next 12 months the best ones yet. There is so much pressure at the beginning of each new calendar year to make the next 365 days the most productive, successful, and healthy ones to date. And while it’s wonderful to be on a constant journey of self-improvement, don’t forget the next year is also an opportunity to improve your relationships with your loved ones. After all, that’s what makes life so worthwhile. So in addition to your personal goals in the new year, make an effort to improve your relationships with the people you love the most. Here are 3 ways to make more time for loved ones in 2018.
How to Make More Time for Loved Ones
Give them your full attention when you’re with them
First and foremost, make an effort to eliminate all distractions when you are spending time with the people who are the most important to you. In a world of smartphones and constant notifications, it can be a challenge to devote 100% of your attention to the people you are with. Set goals this year to spend quality time with your loved ones this year, which means putting down the phone and diving into conversation with the people you are with.
Never underestimate the power of a phone call
Sometimes it can be difficult to stay in touch with loved ones when you don’t live in the same city. Between busy schedules and commitments, it can be a real challenge to find opportunities to spend time together. However, never underestimate the power of a phone call––even if you don’t have anything specific to tell them. Pick up the phone and give them a ring just to check in and see how they are doing. Knowing that someone is thinking of you is one of the best feelings.
Keep them at the top of your priorities list
Perhaps, most importantly, the best thing you can do to improve your relationships with your loved ones is to always keep them at the top of your priorities list no matter what. It can be hard to balance the efforts you devote to improving yourself and reaching your personal goals as well as the efforts to improve your relationships with the people in your life who matter most. But keep your relationships at the top of your priorities list, so that you don’t let anything else get in the way of spending time with your loved ones.
Make 2018 the best year for yourself and your relationships by following these three tips to make more time for loved ones.