Setting boundaries while working from home is a popular topic among all of my friends lately. Especially since we’re all pretty much working from home due to the pandemic. However, this has been a problem for many work at home professionals for years.
This topic usually comes into play with parents and people who have other family members living in the home because they have to balance their job and taking care of others 24/7.
Now, I know that working from home does provide more flexibility and allows you to spend more time with your family but it’s SO important to set boundaries when you’re working from home so that you can actually be productive and get stuff done.
Today, I’m sharing some tips to help you with the process actual process of setting boundaries while working from home since I had to go through them a few months ago myself.
These tried and true tips will help you set boundaries, clear the stagnant energy in your house, and become more confident balancing all of your work and family duties!
Here are 5 Ways You Can Set Boundaries While Working From Home:
Have a Dedicated Work Space
Whether you’re using a home office, a corner in the living room, or you just put a small desk your bedroom (like I did) you’ll want to have a dedicated space where you work. Having a dedicated work space will provide a visual that signifies you’re working so that family is less likely to disturb you. Of course you can work from bed or the couch on those days when you want to be super comfortable, but make sure you give yourself space.
Set Working at Home Hours
Flexibility is a fabulous bonus when working from home, but you’ll need to set a schedule for working hours. Think about your family activities, events, and what your daily life looks like. Obviously, you get the commuting time back if you had to commute to the office every day. My advice is to carve out a schedule for work hours and break time so you have some sort of routine. It will help you get in the right headspace, too!
Talk to Your Family
Talking to your family about your new boundaries will help offset any unnecessary interruptions. Set up a family meeting if you have to and include any extended family and friends who may show up unexpectedly. Essentially, you just want to let them know what your new “working” hours. Bonus tip: Don’t answer phone or door when the family tries to interrupt you during your scheduled work hours unless it’s an emergency.
Learn to Say No
The biggest challenge for anyone who want to start setting boundaries is to say no more often. It’s okay to decline that invitation to go to the beach or let your longtime friend know you can’t go out. They will understand that you need to work. Learning to say NO was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but it’s become the most powerful tool in my self care arsenal.
Be Confident With Boundaries
I know that it can feel unsettling to set boundaries at first, but it will get easier. As soon as you have your dedicated work space, working from home hours, and a plan to discuss this with your family, it’s on you to remain committed in ensuring your family respects your boundaries.
It won’t be easy to transition from a normal home environment to a stricter work schedule, but it will help you be more efficient, productive, and stable with all that work that’s currently piled up on your kitchen table!
Looking for more ways to set boundaries in your life? Check out my Badass Guide To Setting Boundaries