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Do This, Then Set Workplace Boundaries


There’s a lot of talk around setting workplace boundaries and although I agree 100%... It’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially if you’re a workaholic!


We live in a country that seems to celebrate the workaholic lifestyle. How many people have you heard practically brag about staying up all night working or never taking a vacation day? They wear their poor work-life balance like a badge of honor.


What isn’t being talked about enough is that being a workaholic deteriorates us mentally and emotionally. You’re more likely to see workplace stress and burnout occur if you’re prioritizing work over everything else.


Setting workplace boundaries is a great way to combat being a workaholic, but that alone isn’t enough. You’ll also need to create environments that positively affect you, pull you away from work, and recharge you. You’re more likely to break the workaholic cycle when other areas of your life are thriving!


Here are a few strategies to create healthy alternatives to prioritizing work:


1- Track Your Time

Track the time it takes to complete tasks so you can plan your workday more effectively. Having a schedule helps to focus, too. If you know that a task has to be done by a certain time, you'll focus.

2- Try Offline Work

Maybe you're working all hours of the night because you're wasting too much time online. While some tasks require an Internet connection, there aren't many. When it's time to work, work. Then when it's time to have fun, enjoy it!

3- Get a Hobby

Find something to do that you really enjoy, preferably something that has nothing to do with your work. Remember that we don’t have to excel at our hobbies so enjoy the process of learning something new or getting better at something. People that work a lot don't think they have time for a hobby… but, if you have a good reason to not work, you'll generally spend less time at work.

4- Spend time with your family and friends

Your family is a big part of the reason you're working anyway; it doesn't make sense to ignore them so you can spend more time working. Think about it. Your kids will be gone and out of the house before you know it.

5- Assess Task Priority

Are you working longer hours because you can’t get enough done during regular business hours? If you have this challenge, perhaps you spend an inordinate amount of time on tasks that simply don't matter that much. Allocate most of your time on the most important tasks, instead.


6- Focus on Your Health

Working too much is simply unhealthy. Between the stresses, lack of sleep, and horrible food, a serious toll is taken on your body, health, and emotional well-being. Give your health a priority and you'll begin to see your working tendencies in a new light.

7- Find Other People That Have a Great Work/Life Balance

It's usually easier to learn from someone else that's already accomplished what we want to accomplish ourselves. Seek out friends, co-workers, and neighbors that have the lifestyle you'd like to have. Maybe they can offer some pointers and advice.


Too much time at work negatively affects your relationship with your family and friends. Remember, no one says on their deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time at work.” In the long run, family is always a priority.


Avoid falling into the workaholic trap. Set a schedule and stick to it. Focus on your health. With some intention and experimentation, you can get your work done and still get home at a reasonable hour.

 

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