7 Simple Steps to Create Better Boundaries When You Work from Home
The challenges of working remotely have shown a discordance of balancing everyday life with managing job responsibilities under the same roof.
Many of us working from home are also fulfilling the roles of caregivers and educators at the same time as managing our work responsibilities. According to Gwen Moran in an article for Fast Company, relearning how to set boundaries will help you have a better sense of separation and compartmentalization in your life.
Here are a few simple steps you can take that may help you find some boundaries again:
- Take care of yourself first. Before anything else, think about who you are, writes Moran. Are you a person who likes to be busy or someone looking for more work-life-balance? Knowing yourself helps you set the stage for setting boundaries.
- Set clear expectations. You need to understand your surroundings, work environment, and culture in order to set your boundaries and keep them. If your work has expectations, consider those before you set boundaries that oppose them, explains Moran.
- Focus on the outcomes. Communicate to your manager or supervisor how much you can deliver in one day and at what time according to your personal demands at home. Focusing on what you do, not how long you do it, is an important way to manage an overwhelming workload.
- Schedule your day. Block your calendar for important tasks and set your availability in any chat or instant messaging as do not disturb during lunch time or important work activities. If you can, plan your next week, too.
- Limit the noise. Shut down your computer and mute your notifications for your work email or instant messaging on your cellphone after work hours. These distractions can seep into your home life and cause stress, explains Moran.
- Get into a routine. Schedule activities at the end of the day, like personal rituals such as taking a walk around the block or preparing a healthy dinner. This helps signal that it’s time to destress, writes Moran.
- Stay accountable. Ask friends or family to check in on you and your goal of separating from your work after hours and setting boundaries.