Here’s what I wrote in Teams365 #2087 – REMOTE WORKING MYTH- BOUNDARIES AREN'T IMPORTANT, www.potentialsrealized.com/teams-365-blog/teams365-2087-remote-working-myth-boundaries-arent-important)
This month we are exploring a number of remote working myths including “Out of sight equals out of mind” as well as other remote work pitfalls.
Today’s post explores the myth that “Boundaries aren’t important” and that remote work is always flexible.
One of the main challenges of remote work is that we are usually pulled in a number of different directions by people who can’t see what we are working on. Not knowing the context can provide a lack of clarity around priorities and workflow. At the same time, we may also want to accommodate all requests and say yes, rather than discerning what is a priority.
On another level, boundaries can become blurred in our home/work life, especially if we are working from home and have not set up a dedicated area for work – be sure to check out my post from last month about “setting yourself up for success in the remote space” and making sure you have what you need.
Consider the different boundaries that are important in your work, this might include:
- Boundaries between different tasks and projects you are working on
- Boundaries between the different teams you are part of
- Boundaries between your working hours and non-working hours
- Boundaries between when you are ON and OFF
- Boundaries between priorities
- Boundaries between your work and home space
What do you notice as you explore these boundaries? What conversations do you want to have?
As you step into spring, what changes do you want to make?
Enjoy your reflections!
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