School is (sorta) back and work is ramping up, so it’s a good time this week to look at our boundary issues. We’ve found three helpful articles that draw the lines between work and life and give culture a lift:
1. Check email less often
A new guide from Forbes Senior Contributor Avery Blank tells you about easing up on reading email, and other boundary-setting habits of highly successful people – which include getting up from your computer, and making sure colleagues know when a great idea came from your very brain, and no one else’s.
Excerpt from the Forbes guide:
“While successful people value their time, they don’t only focus on what they want to work on and say ‘no’ to everything else. Successful people recognize that they are part of a team and have to support their colleagues. They compromise and recognize that everyone’s time is valuable.”
2. It won’t hurt you to say no
Leadership coach Amy Kan’s essay in Fast Company sets forth some ways to handle the often-tough task of separating work and life. It starts with respecting others’ boundaries, communicating clearly, being consistent and just saying no if you have to.
Excerpt from the Fast Company essay:
“We may think that setting boundaries will damage our careers or hurt our reputations, but the reality is that when it’s done the right way, we do just the opposite. Setting boundaries enables us to be more productive by saying no to things that waste our time.”
3. Buy some boundaries, and put them in your yard
“The office is dead,” declares CNN Business in their video story about the spike in backyard shed sales, which stems from remote workers’ desire to truly separate work from family. The tricked-out backyard retreats, which can cost from around $10,000-$30,000, offer the isolation of an office with a convenient commute.
Excerpt from the CNN story:
“I think there is something psychological about the separation between work and home you get from a commute,” shed owner and LInkedin VP Scott Roberts said. “But what if it is just walking into the backyard? With a shed I can go from a 30-minute drive, to a 30-step walk. A shorter commute, but still a separate space.”