4 Tips: Setting Boundaries At Work

 

If you don't set boundaries at work you will constantly feel overworked, stressed and even resentful towards your manager or company, which takes a huge toll on your physical, mental health and your overall wellbeing.

I've been working with Rebecca who's a property manager and has been suffering from saying yes to everything that comes her way at work out of fear of being fired. She's a young mother, working full time and also trying to launch her dream business.

 

She's totally stressed out dealing with mean clients who yell at her and resents her company who takes full advantage of her. This was taking a toll on her emotional and physical wellbeing and her relationship with her husband and was taking away time from her toddler.

 

We've been working on setting personal boundaries and wanted to share some of the nuggets of gold just in case you are dealing with something similar.

 

4 tips on how to set boundaries at work:

  1. You have to understand your own personal boundaries. If you don't know them you won't know what to ask for. Hint! They come from your values and life's priorities.
  2. Communicate your values and life's priorities to whoever needs to know them. Perhaps setting up a meeting with you boss and say something like,"Moving forward I'm going to be offline between the hours of 7pm-8am." Also, try to create these structures from the beginning, but if you've been in a place for a while now and you've trained them in a certain way, take baby steps.
  3. Dont say YES to everything that comes your way out of fear. I know it's easier said than done, but if you've got tons on your plate right now, tell whoever needs to know all of those things, maybe even create a list, review it with them and ask them,"I'm stretched pretty thin right now, so what is the highest priority on this list?" That will clearly show them all you have going on and they get to decide.
  4. Take your PTO! That's what it's for. Schedule it into you calendar and do something fun. Work on your hobbies. Go on a weekend getaway. Start that side hustle. Whatever it is, refill your tank so that you can be your best self at work.

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