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Hi Greatist readers,
Happy Monday! I’m Minaa B., and ICYMI, Mondays are your new days of self-care with me (through the Greatist newsletter). Last week I shared how to start a routine in order to practice work-life boundaries while at home. Today I’m checking in with your reflections and sharing how to elevate and strengthen your boundaries.
If you haven’t answered the four questions from last week, click here. If you have, ask yourself: How often did you keep to your routine? What distracted you the most? Did you find it difficult to do?
Ready to recenter? Let’s get started.
Are you constantly distracted by constant text messages and phone calls from friends? Your partner or children? Scrolling on social media or watching Netflix? Mitigate distractions by reinforcing your limits in small steps.
Any kind of distraction is chipping away at your time, so for this week I challenge you to do the following:
- If you’re easily distracted by text messages and phone calls, try to place your phone in a separate room, or even put it on Do Not Disturb to avoid those distracting text messages + calls.
- Are you working from the couch with the flat screen in front of you? Resist the temptation of watching Netflix by either placing the remote in another room, or making the choice to work in an area where there’s no TV.
Managing work-life boundaries isn’t always easy, but practice is a starting point. Layer these tips with the boundaries you set from week 1, with the goal of making them daily practices. You’ll be surprised how often you break your own rules, but stick to them and soon you’ll be a pro at setting work-life boundaries.
That is, after I share my final tips next week. Sneak peek: it’s all about examining your values.
Minaa B. is a speaker, writer, author of the book Rivers Are Coming, and a licensed psychotherapist based in NYC. She talks about issues ranging from self-care to social justice. Learn more about her work at minaab.com and follow her on Instagram.