I made a promise to myself that I’d be more intentional with time, people, and (most importantly) myself this year. With so much of my work life intersecting with my personal life, I’ve made it a priority to set some healthy boundaries. This isn’t so much about deciding what to share or not share online, but it is more so a way for me to process and prioritize things of importance. Here are a few things I’m continuing to work on, and some I’ve implemented already.
I’ve forever been a “yes” person and stretched myself too thin with functions and commitments. I’ve now learned that if it is something I’m not instantly drawn to accepting or participating in, it is likely I won’t be excited about it in the future, and I politely decline. It’s helped fill my calendar with events and opportunities I genuinely enjoy.
A Dedicated Workspace
I’m fortunate to have an office I’m obsessed with at home, but found myself constantly working throughout the house. I’ve tried to be more mindful of completing work-related tasks in my office to set that physical boundary between work and personal. This has been especially difficult during the pandemic, but I’m working on it!
Pencil Yourself In
I’m a firm believer in self care, and have started carving out “me time” on my calendar when I feel burnout creeping in. If I can create and stick to a schedule for work, I felt I owed it to myself to do the same for me.
Make a List
I love a good list, and typically spend about five minutes before I go to sleep identifying 3-5 priorities for the next day. This allows me to stay focused on the important tasks at hand during a busy day!