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When you have an opposite schedule than your partner—whether it’s because of work or different sleep schedules—it seems like the only solution is to separate. It takes some effort, but you can manage it and live in harmony.

If your schedules are opposite enough, you might never see each other during your waking moments. You’ll come home late from work to find your significant other already asleep and by the time you wake up in the morning they’ve already gone off to work. Or, even if your work schedules are on the same timetable, your sleep schedules might be totally opposite and you want to go to bed just as they’re ramping up their evening time. Both situations are difficult to deal with, but it’s not impossible to find a balance.

Schedule a Little Time to Spend Together, No Matter What

It might seem impossible, but the most important thing you can do is schedule time together. Whether this is just a couple of meals together a week or a full day off together, make sure you’re making time for the other person whenever you can.

The Huffington Post breaks down a few simple ideas for what to do with your time:

When you’re both home, make sure to carve out together time even if it means just watching a movie or sharing a meal. And take out your calendars every month so you can put aside time for an actual date away from home. Even if your date is hot chocolate together during one of your breaks at work, it’s essential to find time to connect.

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How to Live Happily When You and Your Partner Have Opposite Schedules
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