By Martha Orem
Setting healthy boundaries is essential for a healthy work life balance. That sounds true, but what does it mean? What do healthy limitations look like, and how can you know where and how you can set them?
Because most owners want their businesses to be accessible and to provide superb service, they’re naturally conservative in setting this sort of boundary. After all, they wish to say, “Welcome” to prospective clients and partners, not “Keep Out.” As a result, they set boundaries at the last possible point to keep invaders at bay.
After working within this boundary for a while, it’s natural to become unbalanced, impatient, cranky, even resentful. It’s uncomfortable inside this boundary, and it feels as though this is the fault of those pushy clients, colleagues, and vendors out there. After all, if it weren’t for THEM, you’d be out in the fresh air.
But wait — a client is not an invader. A vendor is not a spy. A business is not a castle on a hill, placed there for strategic advantage against enemy forces. Let’s take a large breath and take another look at this business of setting limitations.
Maintaining these healthy boundaries feels entirely distinct, too. With what pride of ownership and delight in the scope of our pasture we walk the fence line. How pleasing it is to oil the latches on the gates, to replace broken posts, to trim the hedges.
Check in with your limitations this week. First, notice what constitute the fence posts and gates in your company. Are they the hours that you work? The rates you charge? The terms you offer for special services? Get familiar with the structural elements you can use to build your beautiful fence and gate.
When you have identified those elements, take a look at exactly where you’ve set them. Do your rates give you space to complete your best work? Do your working arrangements provide you with breathing space? Examine your boundaries, and notice if they’re giving you space to live and to complete your greatest work or cramping your style. Experiment with moving your limitations out a bit, not to keep your clients away, but to produce a bigger space from which you can serve them wholeheartedly and well, maintaining a healthy work life balance.
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