You need to set some workplace boundaries
Because your lack of them is taking its toll and it shows.
In this fast-paced world of endless to-do lists and constant demands, it’s easy to start drowning in work. We all know (far too well) how work can spill into every aspect of your life. Leaving no room for self-care. A reality for those who fail to set boundaries.
So, let’s establish your personal space and, most importantly, preserve your sanity.
#1: No boundaries = lots of problems
If you don’t set boundaries, you’re walking down a slippery work slope.
But, with the right boundaries, you’ll:
- Avoid being overwhelmed and burnt out
- Maintain focus and productivity
- Create positive relationships with colleagues
- Leave gas in the tank for your personal life
And we all want that, right?
#2: Determine the non-negotiables
Reflect on your work values and priorities. Consider what matters most to you in your personal and professional life.
Start by determining your non-negotiables and limits. These are the boundaries you set to protect yourself from situations that may have a negative impact on your personal well-being.
A little bit of stress in life is okay, it keeps us sharp, but too much, and we start falling into a dark hole.
#3: Communicate, communicate, communicate
There are 3 simple steps to using communication to maintain your boundaries.
- Clearly communicate your workload and availability
- Learn to say “no” (politely) when needed
- Be assertive but respectful in setting expectations
#4: The golden rule of time management
Use tools like digital calendars or to-do lists (i.e. Monday.com) to stay organized.
They’ll help you prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency, making you feel more in control.
#5: Creating sacred spaces
Establish physical and mental boundaries in your workspace and set aside uninterrupted time for focused work.
The easiest way to do this is to use headphones. This signals you’re busy (or in a potential meeting) and will allow you to get work done.
#6: Tech detox after work
Limit after-work emails and notifications. It’s easy to quickly check an email at home, but it means you go back into work mode.
Don’t do this!
Embrace digital detoxes to recharge outside of work.
- No boundaries = lots of problems
- Determine the non-negotiables
- Communicate, communicate, communicate
- The golden rule of time management
- Create sacred spaces
- Tech detox after work
Remember, setting boundaries means you’re looking out for yourself. And there’s nothing wrong with that!