How to Know When It’s Time to Cut Ties With a Friend

When you’re young, friendships are simple. They don’t require much effort on your part, because school gives you the perfect opportunity to make new acquaintances. Most of the people you’ll meet and become friends with are all in one place, so maintaining these relationships is easy and convenient.

The real work starts at adulthood. Your full-time job (and maybe a side gig, too) and rush hour create a very real barrier between you and your old friends. You don’t have time to hang out with everyone anymore, so who makes the cut?

Related: What Happened When I Tried to Cut the Negative People Out of My Life

If you’re having trouble keeping up with all of your friendships, this flow chart can help you weed out the ones that have run their course.

How to Know When It’s Time to Cut Ties With a Friend

Related: 7 Signs It’s Time to Let Go of a Friend


This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


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