Free time is just that – time free from commitments, obligations, and requirements. Depending on the stage of life, there are factors that determine just how much free time you have. It is important to acknowledge that you probably can’t change the amount of time you have in the free category, but you can change how you choose to spend it.

Now, consider your free time through the lens of your relationship. When you have free time available, you have a choice to choose an activity you do with your partner or an activity you enjoy without your partner.

For discussion:

  • On average, how much free time do you and your partner each have in a week?
  • What outside factors impact the amount of free time each of you have?
  • Have you discussed preferences for how you and your partner enjoy spending free time together or do you rely on assumptions from how you have historically enjoyed time together?
    • How have you and your partner’s preferences changed over time?
    • Is the free time you and your partner spend together quality time?
    • How is “quality” defined? Are there times when quantity is favoured over quality?
  • To ensure you keep a healthy balance, talk with your partner about expectations and the reality of the choices you each make regarding your free time.
  • If you and your partner ever feel overwhelmed by your results or the ensuing discussion, we encourage you to seek out professional support. Call us.

    Consider taking an assessment or working through our Discussion Guide for Couples… that’s a great place start! Tune in for more tips next week.

    Do you need help with an issue or problem? Our approach helps to generate deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations can restore insight and understanding about one another.

    More tips at, tune in next week…

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    Take the Couple Checkup Simply click on the Register button below relevant to your relationship – it couldn’t be easier. Once you have finished the questions you should receive your comprehensive personalised report in about 30 seconds.

    The CoupleCheckup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The CoupleCheckup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.

    The CoupleCheckup is an online couple assessment based on the PREPARE/ENRICH couple inventories. The Checkup assessment and Checkup report are designed to go directly to couples at any stage of their relationship (dating, engaged or married). The online system allows for dynamic customization of the assessment to each couple based on how the couple answers background questions. The goal is for the CoupleCheckup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasize prevention over remediation.

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