I used to struggle with saying “YES!” too often at work.
It conditioned others to view me as the “go-to” when hard things needed to be said or done quickly and…
My energy, weight, and health suffered.
So did my attitude because I resented people for it.
BUT I was the problem because…
YOU teach your boss & colleagues how to treat you!
Now I have a strategy for managing the issue.
It’s what I use, what I teach clients, and it works!
Boundaries challenge MANY busy, professional women and...
It leads to major stress!
So, I’m sharing 4 tips to help YOU!
But first - what do unhealthy boundaries look like?
• Do extra projects to avoid saying “no.”
• Regularly stay for late and unscheduled meetings that “run over.”
• Take NOT URGENT weekend calls and reply to emails after work hours.
• Rarely take a day off - even if you’re ill or exhausted.
Well, none of that makes for a healthy work-life balance.
It burn you out, creates stress, and makes you gain weight!
Use these 4 tips to put boundaries in place:
1. Take leave:
PTO is an earned benefit, so use it.
Mental exhaustion is a valid use of sick leave!
And letting vacation time accrue & expire doesn’t earn you pride points.
2. Clearly communicate your BUSY-NESS:
Set “out of office” responses in email, on your phone, and in apps like Slack.
BLOCK time for “deep mode” work.
Make it visible on your calendar and shut your office door.
A sign directing visitors to who can help is an appropriate way to show you’re being productive.
3. Delegate work:
You do the work you’re hired to do, and you do it well.
As a “team player” you occasionally take on extra projects outside your responsibilities.
So when work is completely beyond the scope of your role, say “no” or delegate it to someone more suited to do it.
4. Keep work relationships professional:
A job worth keeping is a job - not a family.
Of course, you may have a close colleague.
But do not confuse her for your BFF.
It can be tricky to navigate, but maintaining these professional boundaries avoids disappointment and potential future backstabbing.
My clients share horror stories.
I have them too with video to prove it.
In today’s business minded-work world, dog-eat-dog cultures exist.
It’s not always easy, but solid boundaries help you do your best work and avoid potential toxic situations.
And it protects your health!
Which one of these tips do you need to work on?
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Hi, I'm Lori!
I'm a wife, mom, grandma, former college professor and VP, turned weight loss and fitness professional passionate about helping busy, professional women lose weight and manage burnout levels of stress, so you live comfortable and confident in your own skin - and never diet again.