18 Feb 7 simple steps to create better boundaries when you work from home
Let’s start by stating the obvious: There are some things that are impossible about living and working in the same place. For example, if you’re trying to do your job and care for or educate young children at the same time, there are enormous obstacles and challenges. And if you’re a single parent or solo caregiver who has to manage your household and the people in it on your own, the challenges are even more daunting, especially when the pandemic still makes it tough to ask or hire people outside your home to help.
At the same time, there are some recommendations and research about things we can change. And even a few small changes may give us better boundaries when it comes to separating work and life, says Gorick Ng, a Harvard career adviser and author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right.
The elements that gave us a sense of separation and compartmentalization—commuting time bookending the day, different routines on weekdays vs. weekends, etc.—are largely gone for many people, Ng says. As a result, we need to find our own ways to create some of these separations in ways that suit our own circumstances, he says. Here are a few simple moves that may help you find some boundaries again: