How do you create boundaries between work and family life? At least for me, if the boundaries aren’t intentional, the two blend together so much I end up trying to do too many things at once and do nothing as well as I should.
Isn’t the world of parenthood totally crazy?! Having children opens our eyes to so many unexpected twists and turns, a whole new set of priorities, and another human (or two or three or four..) for whom we become entirely responsible. No longer is our own agenda our only agenda.
In my experience, it can be easy to fall into a habit of always putting other’s needs first, especially when they are those of people important to us like our kids, our spouses, our families, and our colleagues. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, and those kids or our coworkers or our family are often sending louder requests for our time than we call for ourselves.
While I’m far from perfect at managing all of the competing demands on my time, I have found that it’s really important to set boundaries about time for myself, time for my family, and time for work. Being conscious about how certain pockets of my day and week are allocated helps prevent a fairly intertwined existence between work and personal lives from getting jumbled up into an incomprehensible mess.
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