If you’ve ever been in a relationship, then you know just how overwhelming it can be to juggle all your obligations – work, school, social life, personal growth, side hustle, etc. – while still being an active participant in your relationship.
Sure, a healthy relationship can make most facets of your life better, but if you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, settling can do far more harm than good… especially when it comes to your work life.
In fact, being single is a huge advantage when it comes to mastering the 9-5 grind.
Not so sure? Read on to learn three ways being single can help your career.
More Freedom to Travel for Work
Sure, if you’re in a healthy relationship, your partner would never begrudge you for having a job that requires you to be away from home fairly regularly. But if your passport is your most-used accessory, after a while, it’s only natural that you’ll start to feel a bit guilty for being away from your partner so frequently.
But if you don’t have any “strings,” as they say, pinning you to the home you’ll have more freedom to attend conferences, educational events, and important meetings that might require some traveling.
More Freedom to Work Late
You know that special project you’re helping your boss with that requires late hours at the office multiple times each week? Yeah, the one that means eating dinner takes place at your desk… and is probably take-out.
Well, that may be the very project that earns you your next promotion. And if you have a partner sending a steady stream of concerned texts ( “eta?” “where are you?” “come home.” the list goes on…) on nights like these it’ll make advancing in your career feel like an unreasonable goal.
But the truth is if you’re a proud workaholic, there’s nothing wrong with that. Who says you need a partner to change you?
More Time and Energy For You
Finally, by not having a partner at home, you have more to recharge from long work weeks exactly the way you want to. You get to invest in your hobbies, indulge in self-care, and travel at your leisure.
Want to spend all Saturday morning at the gym? That’s your prerogative. Want to take a leisurely stroll around the farmer’s market? Nothing’s stopping you. Want to go on a spontaneous weekend getaway. All you have to do is pack a bag. Want to spend all day in bed watching Rom-Coms? You do it, girl!
You get the point. When you’re single, you’re able to spend every ounce of your free time and energy on you. And when your wants and needs are met, it’s much easier to bring your “best self” to the office.
How does being single benefit your work life? And what work challenges have you found stem from being in a bad relationship?