22 Nov Navigating Romance When You Have a Demanding Career—Is It Even Possible?

Trudy Jacobsen

If you have a demanding career, then you know all too well the sacrifices that come with it. Less free time, higher workload, and perhaps not the most eventful love life.

Obviously, there are great perks to your career, but maybe you now find yourself wanting a little more romance. You may ask yourself: Is it even possible? Can someone truly balance a demanding career and maintain a healthy romantic relationship?

The short answer is yes—it is possible!

However, it may be a bit challenging to juggle both a relationship and a career. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll find that you really can achieve a good work/life balance.

Managing Priorities

Your career has been a huge priority for you. That’s how you got to be as successful as you are. And, most likely, you don’t want to have to change that.

Of course, you are still entitled to keep your career as a top priority. However, if you want to have a successful relationship, you’ll need to prioritize that as well. It is possible to have more than one priority, so long as you’re willing to put in the extra effort.

Like most things in life, you’ll get out of a relationship what you put into it. If you’re still prioritizing your career over your relationship, it’s probably not going to go well. However, if you make equal time for your relationship and your career, you’ll have much better chances of success.

Finding an Understanding Partner

It’s important that you find someone who respects both you and your career. This may seem obvious, but you deserve someone who will respect that you are a busy, career-minded individual. In fact, maybe you can find a like-minded partner!

But even if not, your partner still needs to understand that your career has been and will continue to be a focus in your life. Obviously, you’ll be doing your part to also prioritize the relationship. However, if your partner is consistently trying to pull you away from work or gets upset that you have a lot of work to do, the relationship probably isn’t going to work out.

The bottom line? You really can’t have just any romantic partner—you need one who respects and understands your career priorities.

Setting Boundaries

When you find yourself in a romantic relationship, it’s crucial to set boundaries. You’ll need to set them with both your partner and your workplace.

If you’ve been known to stay late at the office before, you’ll have to cut back some. On the other hand, if your partner often tries to pull you away from work, you’ll have to tell them to stop doing that as well.

By setting such boundaries, you are effectively allowing for your personal and professional lives to both have an equal share. This balance is truly key. If you are still focusing solely on your career, the relationship will fizzle out. If you start focusing more on the relationship, your work life may suffer.

Again, it’s not necessarily easy to strike that balance, but setting boundaries is a great place to begin.

Putting Your Desires First

Ultimately, you need to do what’s best for you. You should never seek out a relationship just because you feel as if you’re expected to be in one.

Furthermore, you certainly shouldn’t sacrifice your career for a relationship if that isn’t what you want. On the other hand, if you are completely set on wanting to find love, you may even prioritize that above a career. Only you can truly decide what your priorities are. But once you do, you’ll be so much closer to navigating a perfect work/life balance for you.

If you would like more individualized help with finding a work/life balance that works best for you, please contact me on (07) 3282 5453