Boundaries: The Most Effective Time Management Tool

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So what I know for sure is that Boss Moms have a LOT going on.  From managing a home to leading individuals or teams, our list of things to do is never-ending.  We are constantly being asked for things and it can often feel like we’re always busy around the clock.  

Well, I want to share a quick and easy tip that I’ve found to be helpful to manage this issue: Create time boundaries and stick to them.  For example, let your team know that you’ll review emails first thing in the morning, say 9-10 am, and then right before ending the workday.  By sharing this boundary publicly, it lets others know when they can expect to receive a response from you.  Similarly, I let people know when I’m out of pocket for work-related issues.  For example, dinner time was a boundary I did not want to be crossed.  So, I let people know that generally speaking, I’m unavailable from 6-8 p.m.  

That’s it!  It’s not rocket science and is fairly simple to do.  Think about those times that you absolutely want to protect for something important to you.  Then, let the world know it!  I go so far as to put these on my calendar so that I have a visual reminder of protected time.  

But the magic is maintaining and protecting the boundary at all costs.  That part is up to you.  Pro tip: I place 30-minute “hold for sanity” appointments on my calendar on days I predict will be nutty.  That way I’ll hold a small window within those intense days to breathe.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

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