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3. They prioritize.

No matter how overused the terms may be, both time management and planning can keep you and your partner happy.

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 “My husband and I make it a priority to have date night at least one night a month,” Jackson said. “We have an awesome support system, which helps in this area, so often times we get an entire weekend to ourselves. It may sound cliché but you have to make time for the things that are important.”

4. They speak up.

When something is going on in your relationship that you don’t like or understand, it’s time to speak up.

“Communication is key,” Jackson said. “It is easy to discuss the good and comfortable stuff: schedules, planning, project ins and outs. We often times shy away from discussing the uncomfortable things. If there is an issue address it immediately. Small problems become mountains when left undressed and are much harder to overcome.”

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5. They can work together, but are clear on expectations.

Collaborating with a partner who is in a related field can be a really good way to spend time together and provide added support, but avoid being in situations that may cause extra drama that you’ll likely take home with you. Clarity can help.

“Clearly identify roles, responsibilities, and duties,” Jackson said. “Leave no room for assumption.”

 

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Black Power Couples: 5 Things They Do Right  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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