Work-Life Boundaries: 4 Ways to Establish Them

April 22, 2020

One of the hardest habits I had to break was working practically all the time. Guess you could say I was a certified workaholic! Work-life boundaries just wasn't in my vocabulary.

This video is for anyone who struggles to draw the line between work and play. And it doesn't matter if you work full-time at an office or work from home, we all sometimes get into the habit of bringing work home or letting work seep into the time that we should be using to rest instead.

So without further ado, here are 4 steps to help you set clear boundaries between work and basically the rest of your life.

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Have a jumpstart routine.

A jumpstart routine is what I call a short routine you can do to ease into your work and get yourself ready for the day.

This isn't something like sitting down to write a to-do list necessarily, but you can include that if you like.

The video shows you the super simple jumpstart routine I use in my own life to help me get ready for the day, as well as why this tactic works extremely well.

Bonus tip: If you work full-time and have a side project, you can also use this jumpstart routine to get you in the zone for it after work.

I've used this tactic many times in my life to get me geared up and ready for what I'm about to do – I mean, just look at professional athletes who have their own little ritual before a game or shot.


for extra help on that WORKDAY productivity:

Create a shutdown routine.

The opposite of the jumpstart routine, a shutdown routine is a short routine you can do to tell your brain and body that – hey – the time for work is over, and it's time to focus on the big white space called LIFE on your calendar.

For a lot of people who work in an office somewhere, even just leaving the office can be a signal for your brain to get out of work mode.

But if you find yourself needing the extra push, or if you work from home and have struggled to set those work-life boundaries, having this routine can be a really effective start.

I talk about my shutdown routine and the benefits it has in giving us work-life balance in the video.

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Communicate your boundaries.

Sometimes it's not that we don't respect our work-life boundaries; it's that other people don't seem to.

When this happens, it's important to communicate your boundaries in a way that is respectful and kind.

In the video, I show you my favorite ways to both directly and indirectly communicate my work-life boundaries – be it to co-workers, clients, and even bosses.

Switch off email notifications

...or remove email apps from your phone altogether.

Because if you really want to beat that email addiction, cold turkey is the best way to go. ‘Nuff said.

How are you going to build work-life boundaries in your own life?

After watching the video, let me know: which tactics do you plan on using to introduce some healthy work-life boundaries in your life?

Are there tactics you currently use that I don't mention? Share them with me in the comments below!

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ABOUT Mica Gonzalez

Mica (hey, that's me!) provides resources for content creators and creative entrepreneurs to design their days with more purpose, impact, and creativity.

Her workshops, courses, and programs are all designed with her commitment to slow growth, anti-hustle culture, and success on our own terms.

When she's not referring to herself in the third person on her blog, she's sharing cool things she's into and up to on Instagram @micaangelicagonz.


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