Set healthy boundaries
Virtual First | Well-being Kit
Remote work means that work and life are blended like never before. To stay well and prevent burnout, we need healthy boundaries between the two. But setting appropriate boundaries isn’t easy—and respecting others’ boundaries can be equally difficult. Use this exercise to become a better steward of your personal time and fully unplug when your workday is over.
30 MINS | PERSONAL EXERCISE
Once you know what you’d like to change, make a clear request to yourself or someone else. If you’re setting a boundary with another person, try to approach the conversation like a negotiation—work to understand their desires and needs while being up front about your own. More communication tips:
- Keep a confident, positive tone: Remember that healthy boundaries aren’t meant to punish. They’re meant to be mutually beneficial and supportive.
- Address boundary violations right away. If someone oversteps a limit, it’s better to reinforce it in the moment than to wait.
- Model respect for others’ boundaries. For example, if you need to email a colleague at night because you’re headed out of town the next day, be clear that you don’t expect a response during non-work hours. You can even add “not urgent” to the subject line so they know you respect their work–life balance.
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3 easy wins
Build the habit
- Tomorrow: Take a one-hour lunch break without checking your phone
- Next week: Say “no” to ONE low-priority task or meeting
- Quarterly: Reassess your boundaries