Most companies require new employees to undergo a 30-, 60-, and/or 90-day review to discuss how they are doing at their job. Typically part of the discussion is how well the employee thinks s/he is doing and what s/he likes and doesn’t like about the job. The boss then shares how she thinks the employee is doing, what is working and what needs improvement.
I think relationships should have a 60-day (or 90-day) relationship review. This way both parties could get a reality check on how s/he sees the relationship in comparison to the other. Both people could answer the questions, first on paper, then sharing their answers with the other. Some sample questions could be:
On a scale of 1-10, how well do you think the relationship is going, considering we’ve been seeing each other for 2 months?
What do you feel is going well?
What would you like more of?
What would you like less of?
What would it take for this relationship to be a 10 for you?
Do you think we should continue seeing each other?
You are not asking for a commitment, but honestly assessing and sharing how each other feels. If there is a big disparity — you rate the relationship an 8 and he gives it a 4 — then time to decide if the gap can be closed and what it would take to close it.
You may learn that what he needs for it to be a 7, 8, or 9 are things you can’t provide. Maybe he wants to be with you 5 days a week and your schedule won’t accommodate that.
Or maybe you’ll discover other discrepancies. You can then discuss them and make a mature decision whether to continue seeing each other or not.
Some people don’t want to have this discussion because they think it will upset the apple cart and drive the guy away. My attitude is if having a conversation like this after dating for 2 months would drive him away, then you’re better off without him. The value of having this review is that you can see how you both feel. And if you need to move on, best to know now rather than waiting another 2 months.
What questions would you ask at the 2-month mark?