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Instead of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing on Boundaries

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Instead of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing on Boundaries
People talk about work-life balance as if achieving it is the precious key to happiness. Tips and tricks abound. But there are two big problems with this supposed golden ticket. First, the very phrase suggests that work isn't part of your life, it's separate.

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Boundaries Instead Of Balance

It’s fine to value stability, but since life isn’t still, putting balance on a pedestal is problematic.

Developing a boundary-setting practice will allow you to reconfigure how your&nb...

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Boundaries Based on Your Priorities

Boundaries Based on Your Priorities

When you learn to set boundaries based on your various priorities and obligations, you’ll feel in control and at liberty to make decisions that work for you and the kind of life you want to lead — ...

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Your Boundaries With Others

Your Boundaries With Others

By sharing some details of your boundary practice with the people in your life, you give them an opportunity to support your goals instead of constantly tempting you with invitations that th...

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Defining Your Boundaries by Failing

Defining Your Boundaries by Failing

Sometimes you have to slip up to learn about your boundaries; redefining them is a part of the process. Pushing yourself too hard, or underestimating how long something takes will help you d...

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Start Early and Mimic Office Time

The schedule that makes you start early, and mimic the office hours works best, as you end up being free earlier too. However, night owls may find working at night to be more productive or comfortable for them.

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Defining Boundaries

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The benefits of boundaries

  • Boundaries improve our relationships and self-esteem. They protect relationships from becoming unsafe.
  • Boundaries can be flexible. It’s good to think about them occasionally and reassess them.
  • Boundaries allow us to conserve our emotional energy. Without them, self-esteem and identity can be affected, and you can build resentment toward others.
  • Boundaries give us space to grow and be vulnerable. 

Determine your borders

Our boundaries are shaped by

  • our heritage or culture
  • the region we live in or come from
  • whether we’re introverted, extroverted, or somewhere in between
  • our life experiences
  • our family dynamics
Boundaries are a deeply personal choice and vary from person to person. You can investigate and define your boundaries with self-reflection.