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Setting Boundaries

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Chrystal Hedges

Technology has changed how the workplace operates with so much information coming at us 24/7, even how we communicate with our co-workers, family and friends. The savviness of technology has created sophisticated devices that were developed to be time saving but even with these time saving measures, most people still claim they don't have enough hours in the day.

Hence, setting and managing boundaries based on what is important to you will help boost your capacity, energy and make it possible for you to accomplish what you want each and every day.

Here are a few tips on creating boundaries:

•  Manage technology- Technology isn’t necessarily the enemy. It can help you become more productive and organized if utilized appropriately with some boundaries. It can be an asset, not a time drain, which tends to happen without any established boundaries.

•  Saying “no” is saying “yes”- What I mean by that is it is okay to say no to a request. You shouldn’t accept a task or project merely because of guilt or a false sense of obligation to that person. If you are able to say no to these things, this will free up more of your time and attention for activities that are important and meaningful to you. You will be surprised how much more time you have to do the things you want to do once you have established this boundary.

•  Slow down and be mindful- We get thrown into the hustle and bustle of life and don’t take time to slow down and really think things through. We tend to operate on auto-pilot and never reflect on what was the best decision at that time. If we slow down and pay attention (being mindful) to what is going on around us and what we are doing, we will reduce stress, unlock creativity and problem solving skills, and boost performance. If you make this a habit, it will definitely increase your capacity for mindfulness and help you stay true to making decisions that are important to you.

•  Take time for relationships- We often neglect the relationships that give meaning to our lives when we are stressed, pressed for time or uncertain about things. These important relationships make up our support system during the tough times and they also celebrate with us during the joyful times. So make sure you regularly set time aside to invest in these relationships.

•  Set your own boundaries- Our priorities change throughout our life based on family, interests, career development and many others. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all. So make sure you set your own boundaries based on what is important to you right now.

When creating your own boundaries, make sure you focus on what is feasible for you to put in place that will increase your capacity, energy and will keep you feeling refreshed to get the things done you to want every day.    

 

Source:

Brower, Tracy. Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. Brookline: Bibliomotion, 2014. Print.

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Chrystal Hedges

chrystal.hedges@omes.ok.gov
Chrystal Hedges received her Bachelor's of Science degree from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma and received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion Sciences from OU Health Sciences Center. She has ten and a half years of experience working in the public health arena promoting and advocating for health and well-being in various capacities. Her current role as a well-being program coordinator is to provide state employees and their families with information and opportunities to learn, grow and enrich their lives for the better. Her passion and advocacy for health and well-being has led her to one of the most important roles in her life, serving as a foster and adoptive parent. Ms. Hedges has been a foster parent for 5 years and currently has two foster children and two adoptive children.