I’m great at compartmentalizing. Setting boundaries makes focus happen, and sharp focus allows for progress and accomplishment.
- Limiting email checks to twice a day.
- Giving out my cell number only to clients.
- Guarding my personal time jealously.
- Defining ahead of meetings the purpose and the duration.
- Outlining what my presentation will cover and not cover for a conference organizer.
- Setting deadlines for steps in a project.
- Keeping my tongue in check on social media.
- Deferring all networking meetings for the remainder of 2012, to resume in January.
- No chat window open on my computer or phone.
- Payment before starting client work.
All of these boundaries might imply rigidity, but instead, it allows for maximum flexibility. If everyone else has control of my schedule, how can I make room when a client emergency comes up? Or a personal one?
Boundaries help me manage my time, my attention, my ethics and my work.
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What boundaries have you set in your life?
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