Trailing Spouse? How to Make the Most of Your Time


Recently we talked about being a trailing spouse, the challenges you face while following your partner for work – and how to overcome them.

 Delving a little deeper into the subject, we’re going to talk about how you can manage your time as a trailing spouse, reach your maximum potential and turn those negatives into a positive.

Without further ado, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your new life as a trailing spouse.


Manage your time

The first and most fundamental element to happiness as a trailing spouse is the ability to organise your life and manage your time.

Now, there’s a notion called the Pockets of Time, and it’s a method of seeking out parts of your everyday life that you could use to do something productive and rewarding.

By applying this method to your daily thought process, you’ll be amazed at just how much spare time you have to do the things you love. You can find out more about the Pockets of Time here.



Around 12.7 million people regularly volunteer in the UK – and there’s always room for more.

If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time as a trailing spouse, working as a volunteer may be the vocation for you. Find a list of voluntary groups, committees and organisations operating in your area, see what appeals to you and sign yourself up.

Voluntary work makes a real difference, and it’s also an excellent way of enriching your social life – give it a try.


Learn something new

In today’s fast-paced digital world, it’s never been easier to learn new things or upgrade existing skills.

There is no end of short courses, day seminars or evening classes available nationwide; places where you can acquire new knowledge in a collaborative group environment with like-minded people.

Also, if distance learning is more your thing, there’s a broad range of open source learning courses where you can learn from the comfort of your home computer or mobile device and gain a new certification. Many of these courses are free and regulated by governing bodies, which means they offer genuine value and expertise you can use practically.

Alternatively, if you’d like to bestow your pearls of wisdom onto others, there are mentoring portals you can sign up to; places where you can teach others new skills and offer valuable advice. You’ll be like a digital Yoda.


Network, network, network

If you want to build bonds and make professional connections, networking is essential.

By engaging with others who could benefit from your skills and life experience or vice-versa, you have a lot to gain. It’s also a brilliant use of your time as a trailing spouse.

Platforms like ours not only give you the power to offer your time to others in a productive way but by creating a profile and connecting with New Shift users, you stand an incredible chance of gaining valuable experience in a field of interest or finding a brand new, shiny career that you love. All you have to do is sign up.

Being a trailing spouse can be tough, but by staying positive, using your time wisely and taking heed of these tips, you’re sure to thrive. Best of luck!