Communicating Your Time Boundaries Clearly is Key

Communicating your time boundaries…

Communicating your time boundaries may not be at the top of your mind when you set a boundary. But it is truly key to your time success.

Indeed, following through on commitments builds trust. And one of the things that makes your follow-through possible is having clear, strong time boundaries.

So, it follows that setting and communicating your time boundaries helps you make sure that you are able to keep your promises. And I mean promises to yourself as well as to others.

It’s not always easy.

Setting time boundaries is not something that necessarily comes easily or naturally to any of us. It’s an assertive skill, and as with so many things, small steps are helpful — and practice makes perfect!

Setting effective boundaries protects your productivity and gives you valuable “breathing room”. The more constructively you set and maintain boundaries, the happier and more effective you will be.

In an article titled Time Management Tips – 3 Strategies Guaranteed to Simplify Setting Time Boundaries, I explore 3 tips that help make it easier to set these important boundaries for yourself.

Communicating your time boundaries…

As is so often the case, the way that you communicate is as important as what is being communicated. Time boundaries, by their nature, may sometimes result in people feeling excluded or shut out.

However, if you work on communicating your time boundaries in an inclusive way, that often helps.

One way to do this is by using I messages. It also helps to describe the situation you’re attempting to address. This helps people understand the “why” of your time boundary.

Inclusiveness overcomes barriers.

Including others as helpers in the situation makes a huge difference. Imagine how it would feel to you if you had the sense that you were a part of the problem. If you felt like someone or something that needed to be eliminated so that someone else could do what they needed to do.

Inclusiveness helps mitigate, if not eliminate, hurt feelings. And, importantly, it helps bring people on board with your undertaking.

Clarity rather than uncertainty.

In the end, it’s important that you are clear, both with yourself and with others, that you need to follow through with your boundary no matter what. Even if others resist or rebel against the boundary you are setting, it truly is your assertive right to set it and to follow through on it.

While good, clear communication can’t guarantee cooperation, describing  your boundary up front and in a friendly, clear, and self referenced way should help you enlist others support.

How does this work for you? What simple boundary will you set and communicate today?

For more help…

Setting and maintaining boundaries is a skill that makes everything else in your life possible. And it’s a difficult challenge for lots of smart, motivated people. People like you.

“Your Secret Power: How to Honor Your Time and Claim Your Space with Boundaries” gently steers you to a more profound understanding of where and how your boundary-setting efforts get short-circuited. Not only that, but it helps you establish the boundaries you need to unlock the door to your freedom. Boundary-setting is a skill that’s learnable, doable and definitely within your reach. And the strategies, tips and exercises in “Your Secret Power” help you discover how to:

  • Set and maintain boundaries to enhance your productivity and, yes, make more money;
  • Recharge your energy so you have the time and freedom to do what you value and what you’d like to do in your life; and
  • Learn how to say no, which opens the door to your next big Yes.

Ready to start using boundaries to maximize your time and energy? Click the link below to learn more about this transformative time tool and the bonuses that come with it:

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