I have a hard time scheduling meetups with friends lately. This has started since I have begun a day-job, and thus have less free time.
Often, both parties are interested at meeting up, but the time it takes to actually schedule it can take so long that it starts to feel like a drag.
Often, the conversation is a back-and-forth of different dates and plans, often I can't make it, or the other person can't make it. Or people forget to reply.
It often looks like this:
Me: Hey, long time no see, how would you like to meetup sometime soon and do X?
Other person: Yes, it has been a long time. That sounds good, but I can't make it that night, how about date Y?
Me: I cannot make it on date Y, how about date Z? (by this point, specific plans have been abandoned and I focus on first getting an date set)
Other person: No, that does not work for me. (sometimes suggests a new date)
From this point on, either we figure out an date, or the conversation kinda dies here.
Is there a more effective way of doing this? Or at least a way to waste less energy when meeting up is not feasible.