Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Balancing Boundaries Between Work and Home

Personal boundaries in our lives today are rarely clear cut lines separating one activity from another. Instead our work blends into our home life and our personal life blurs into our professional life. When we get to the point where we don’t know whether we are coming or going, it’s time to realign those boundaries. We must regain control of our own schedules before our lives spin out of control.

Can you relate: Have you found your work blending into your home life? Do you find yourself thinking or worrying about what’s going on at home while you’re at work? If you’re feeling overloaded and stressed and it’s causing bitterness and resentment at home, there are some things that you can do. Regain control of your life by setting clear personal boundaries.
  1. Make a list of your priorities. What's really important to you? Does your schedule reflect your priorities? 
  2. Develop better time management skills. Utilize your work time wisely. Schedule time to spend with your family. Make a plan and stick to it.
  3. Learn to disengage. Leave work at the office. Get a good night's rest. Start exercising or take up a hobby that doesn't have anything to do with work.
All of these steps are easier said than done. Learning to balance the boundaries between work and home takes time and intentionality. Read Personal Boundaries: Keeping Work at Work for more details and information on how you can maintain balance in your boundaries today.

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