I noticed that I’d written two other “focusing on” titles, one for work and one for fitness. I thought I might as well round out the unintentional series with a few thoughts on finding focus in love.
One of the major mental shifts in the transition from monogamy to polyamory has been paying attention not only to the amount of time I spend with each partner but exactly how we use that time.
When it was just Ben and I we could spend all weekend getting things done like grocery shopping, Costco trips, little fixes around the house and cleaning. It might easily become much needed time to get to the things that, for one reason or another weren’t accomplished during the week. As a monogamous couple, this sort of weekday procrastination and weekend productivity worked. Now however if we blow through a couple days getting a lot of practical things done it feels like we really haven’t had that time together and before we know it we are out on dates with other partners and having second thoughts about what we did with our time together.
Of course, the housework doesn’t stop needing to get done just because our personal lives got busier. So we have to be more careful about planning so that everything can get done without sacrificing too much personal time.
Since I work from home I try to get a lot of bigger household tasks like cleaning the floors and big clean-ups done during the day while everyone else is at work. That way these things don’t become pressing on the weekend when someone else has the time to get to them. Besides, it’s easier to clean when there’s only one person home and that doesn’t happen often outside of work hours.
Getting tasks that require focus and labor like floors, windows, and other washing out of the way while everyone at work leaves the more passive tasks like running the laundry machines for evenings and weekends. These tasks fit more easily into plans because you can just move the items and then go back to your date while the machines do the work.
It’s about more than chores though. Sometimes even if we aren’t doing chores together we aren’t paying attention to each other either. Almost eight years of monogamy meant getting used to having endless time together. So what if one or two nights were lazy, spent doing our own things like me working on the blog and him playing guitar – there was always tomorrow.
Now that isn’t so true. If we use our time together in separate endeavors we miss each other and again, rethink how we spent that time.
It takes more focus in each relationship to ensure that the time spent together doesn’t slip away without us actually connecting and appreciating that we’re together.
That doesn’t mean we have to drop everything either. It’s as simple as holding hands while you shop, taking a second in the car between stops to let your partner know you’re enjoying the time with them or grateful for them helping you get these things done and maybe stopping to enjoy a meal together while knocking tasks off the to-do list.
It’s funny how we don’t always think about the logistical side of running a relationship in relation to running a household but the two can either support or impede each other depending on how carefully time is considered and valued by all parties.
What’s your favorite way to slip a little romance into everyday life?