The Importance of Boundaries In Your Career

WHAT ARE BOUNDARIES & WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?

Boundaries are clear distinctions between what is acceptable and what isn’t in your place of work. You need them because if you don’t have them, you will be stressed. To prevent the unwelcome stress, we’re going to tell you how to create professional boundaries so that you can have the optimal work-life balance you deserve.

IDENTIFY STRESS TRIGGERS 

To avoid stressors, you must first identify them. For example, if talking about work once you return home to your family gives you a headache, don’t do it. It can often make what is supposed to be your sanctuary and place of peace, said humble abode, turn into an emotional breeding ground for further exhaustion and anxiety!

DRAW THE LINES IN THE SAND 

Coming up with a list of identified boundaries that will minimize the likelihood of you encountering the stressors is important. For example, saying that you will not answer any non-urgent messages past a certain time is a great way to have dedicated “down time” to relax and unwind.

COMMUNICATE THOSE BOUNDARIES EFFECTIVELY 

To maximize the benefits of setting boundaries, everyone needs to be aware and on-board. I mean, people can’t be expected to abide by rules they don’t even know exist. So, communicate your boundaries early and often! Behind simply not having boundaries at all, communication of boundaries is the place I see most professionals drop the ball.

PLAN YOUR RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS EARLY 

Violations will occur. Planning your response in advance helps de-stress. Draft up brief, to-the-point messages for violators, and keep it in your phone notes and email drafts. That way, all you have to do is copy and paste the appropriate message and send it on its way! Whether you do this the following business day or the night of, that’s your prerogative.

We hope this helps with achieving that serene and much needed work-life balance that you deserve! For more help with your career and tips for being your best self, follow our blog and stay tuned to our social media!

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Less Hustle, More Strategy: How To Plan for a Promotion

As driven professionals, many of us strive for some sort of promotion at work – it’s this little common denominator called “ambition!” However, you shouldn’t have to work 80-hour weeks to be valued enough to get a raise or to move up the corporate ladder. Instead of spinning your wheels and experiencing burnout, come up with a strategic plan to set yourself apart from your coworkers!

STEP 1: CREATE YOUR 30/60/90 DAY PLAN

Having a clear and comprehensive 30/60/90 day plan can help you strategize and organize the most effective methods for reaching your goals! Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) vary between industries and companies, so you have to do your research to ensure these goals fit your industry and your company.

For example, suppose you are a Marketing Coordinator looking to move into a Manager role. In that case, your 30-day goals may include increasing the click-through rates on your company’s website, the open rates of email blasts, or the followers on social media. Your 60-day goals may include completing an online course in your field and consuming a certain amount of educational content on management. Your 90-day goals may include implementing a new strategy based on your expertise to improve your department’s efficiency.

STEP 2: REVIEW YOUR PLAN WITH YOUR MANAGER

The last thing you want to do is work super hard on the “wrong” things. While personal research is fundamental and will show your manager that you are serious about moving to the next level, there’s no better way to confirm you are on the right track than hearing it directly from the source.

Send a copy of your plan to your manager and schedule a meeting to review it. Let her/him know in advance that you will be looking for feedback on the plan. Make adjustments as needed based on her/his feedback. Remember, it’s essential to make sure you’re not just doing a lot but instead, you are doing the RIGHT things.

STEP 3: INCREMENTALLY REVIEW (AND CELEBRATE) PROGRESS

To ensure that you stay on track and successfully hit all of your targets, you should do self-review and manager-review at each benchmark to assess your progress. When it comes to your manager’s review, don’t simply ask, “Do you have any feedback for me?” Ask specific-pointed questions based on your plan. Ask, “What is one thing I should do in the next 30 days to take this plan to the next level?”

As a small source of additional motivation, treat yourself to something nice as you pass each milestone! For example, if you successfully meet or exceed your goals for the 30-day mark, treat yourself to a new pair of killer pumps or oxfords to pair with those power suits you’ll be wearing to the office!

All in all, you want to make sure that you are working smarter, not harder, to accomplish your dreams. We want to help you have a healthy work-life balance, and do it in style!

Need help crafting you 30/60/90 day plan? Drop me a line and let’s chat!

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