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!