We set boundaries to protect our children, boundaries play the same role in our lives as working parents. They are meant to protect our time, energy, and peace. These days, when many of us are working "while at home", our workdays have integrated with our lives. There will be babies on Zoom, waving to everyone in the meeting. The dog will bark, at presentation time. And your internet connection is bound to fail you at some point. Life never stops happening - you can't log out of it. Here's the part we can do something about. Set a time:
- Set a time daily that you will logout of your laptop. Close the top and put it in a room where you can't see it. That way you are not tempted to answer one (or 20) more email.
- Set a time where you can fully reengage with your family - device free. Your children and spouse need some of your undivided
This boundary (like many others) produces a positive
domino effect. You are not work exhausted, therefore better for you and everyone that depends on you. Your family does not feel neglected, therefore less likelihood for aggravation and frustration. Your colleagues learn to respect your time; therefore, you regain control of your time and not the other way around.