Setting Strong Boundaries Makes Life Work No Matter Where You’re Working

setting strong boundaries helps
Setting strong boundaries helps

Setting strong boundaries helps with many aspects of life. And one of the biggest areas where boundaries help is that of your focus.

Setting strong boundaries about your time requires that you learn to be a little more assertive than usual about this precious and limited resource.

And these boundaries have become increasingly important as so many of us have needed to juggle kids, jobs, and household tasks in a world that we’re often making up as we go along.

Setting strong boundaries 101:

The most important thing about boundaries around time is that they enable you to use your time in a way that is consistent with your values.

The second important part of setting boundaries, along with ensuring they align with your values, is communicating those boundaries to other people in a non-confrontational way.

Do you have enough time for yourself and what you believe you need to do? Have you ever taken a survey of your life’s boundaries? If not, that is the place to start.

Survey your boundaries.

Begin by taking a sheet of paper. Think about the boundaries you have set for yourself and list them on the paper. This is your baseline. What does this tell you? Do you need more?

Boundaries around time are those commitments you make to yourself to ensure that you meet the many different kinds of demands that come your way each day. Some are personal and some may be related to your work. Are there times when you are busy and do not want to be disturbed? If so, a boundary, previously communicated to your family or colleagues, would be to close the door to the space in which you are working.

Communication is key.

To make it easy for those around you, predetermine a visual signal that you are busy right now and do not wish to be disturbed. Some people have found it works very well to put a scarf around the doorknob. This is a signal that both children and adults can immediately recognize.

Just be clear in your prior communication that when you remove the scarf, it’s OK to come in and reconnect. Other people use a clock, drawn on a piece of paper, which they post over the doorknob. The clock’s numbers are drawn to indicate the time when you will have finished your important task.

And rewards help…

If you are dealing with small children, be sure to explain to them ahead of time that when the scarf comes off the door, or the numbers on the real clock match the numbers on the drawn clock, that you are all going to have a special time together. This gives them something to look forward to.

Using these techniques, communicating with others ahead of time, and using structures to provide visual reminders, enables you to establish work boundaries that work.

With this in mind, add any boundaries that are important to you to the list of existing boundaries you made when we began.

What stands out?

For more help with your boundary-setting…

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.

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