Work-Life Balance Boundaries
3 Crucial Ways to Set Boundaries at Work
How often do you catch yourself checking your work email while cooking dinner or getting ready for bed? All too often we physically step away from the office, but we don’t allow our brains to disconnect from our work day. It’s imperative to not only set boundaries with your career for your mental health, but also your physical well-being. How do you stop burning the midnight oil and establish a lasting work/life balance?
Read on for 3 ways to establish life-changing boundaries at work:
1: Leave On-Time
Many employees feel the pressure to stay at the office until their boss leaves for the evening. It’s understandable that you want to set the precedent that you are a hard worker, but staying overtime on a daily basis will not necessarily prove that. Establish a boundary around your work hours by making a point to leave on-time as long as your work truly is done. Maintain your weekly yoga class or family dinners. So long as you are completing your work on-time and meeting deadlines, you should be able to adhere to a reasonable schedule.
2: Avoid Company-Issued Equipment After Hours
Score – you got a company laptop! Now put it away. It’s easy enough to open your work computer at home to work on a personal project until someone notices you’re online and pings you with a work ask. Your colleagues will be more inclined to contact you if they see you online, so set that boundary by staying offline after hours. If it’s imperative to get ahold of you, they can call you.
3: Actually Utilize Your Personal Days
Your employer provides the option to take PTO or Vacation Time for a reason – you need it. Taking time off to reset mentally and physically will jumpstart your long-term happiness, creativity and motivation. Don’t be afraid to ask for the occasional Friday half-day or three-day weekend to tend to your personal life. This time off will help to avoid burn-out and maintain productivity at work.
As with any relationship, it’s important to establish your boundaries and priorities early and clearly. Working on nights and weekends may be necessary from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to minimize how often that occurs. Remember that you cannot pour from an empty cup, taking care of yourself will allow you to perform at your best.