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What Are You Doing To Set Boundaries?

Here are my five tips! Almost all of you probably are working from home at the moment. And I’ve been talking to lots of you, and one of the issues that’s come up again and again is that of boundaries. The boundaries are totally blurred now between work and home. Here are five tips for […]

Here are my five tips!

Almost all of you probably are working from home at the moment. And I’ve been talking to lots of you, and one of the issues that’s come up again and again is that of boundaries. The boundaries are totally blurred now between work and home. Here are five tips for you to try to create boundaries.

# Huddle

Now the first one is to have a huddle in the morning. It’s a really nice thing actually to do to top and tail your day. Have a huddle, not with family, but with a work colleague, with a manager, or with accountability group, or group of people who are in a similar position. Get together. It could be five minutes, 10 minutes, on Zoom or FaceTime, or something of that sort, and talk about you want to get accomplished for the day. And then you can have a huddle at the end of the day for five, 10 minutes, or even on email, and let them know what you’ve accomplished.

# Clothing

Dress up for work. Don’t put on your skirt, tights, heels, or if you are a man, your suits. You don’t have to go to those lengths. But put something on that isn’t your pyjamas, your tracksuit bottoms, or the stuff you might be wearing on a Sunday, for example. So it feels separate.

# Tech

The third thing would be to isolate technology. Try and have a separate device that is work, and a separate device that’s home as well. That could be really important.

# Space

Have a separate space if you possibly can. So try not to work in the kitchen but have a very sort of clear, separate area where you work so that you’ve got that distinction in your mind that this is a place that I chill, and this is a place where I relax, basically. Now, it’s not possible for everyone, but if you possibly can, have that separate area.

# Clear Tasks

Have very clear tasks. Know exactly what it is you want to get accomplished. And when that’s done, have your huddle and go.

Maybe you just take on one of those. Maybe you take on a couple. Maybe you do all five of those. But take what you’ve got the bandwidth for at the moment. See if it works. If it does, bed it in, move on to the next tip. Or if that one thing has done the job for you and created that feeling of separation, then fantastic. Any comments or questions on this or feedback, drop me an email, [email protected]

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