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In no time, Kelly could see that in meeting this commitment to her family and keeping this workday defined instead of open-ended, she became more efficient. Her employer benefited, not just her family. Her confidence strengthened as she began to redefine herself as someone who makes and keeps commitments both to herself and others, instead of as someone who is stretches herself to meet everyone else’s requests and can end up letting others down.
In our heads, we know that work always expands to fill time allotted. Yet, as a society, we are uncomfortable setting limits. My clients have taught me that it is often not until we set limits that we can become truly LIMITLESS in impact that we can have.
When their jobs can accommodate, many people I know have achieved great productivity by blocking off certain times as “no meeting hours”, or “email time” or “focused time for strategic projects”. Some block off a few hours every week to work at home or in another environment where there are no distractions or interruptions. Others schedule in their fitness sessions and personal commitments as if they were work appointments, to ensure that they respect these commitments. They are setting parameters.
Setting clear parameters at work may be uncomfortable at first, but I encourage you to persevere. I am confident that parameters will not restrict you; they will enable you to live consistently with your values and will free up your energy to produce your best work, while living your best life.
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Susan Edwards, President, Development by Design, a Business & Leadership Coaching and Human Resources Consulting firm. Her Coaching clients are high potential leaders and profitable business owners who are redefining the terms of their success and taking their impact to a new level. She consults to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial organizations who are committed to creating extraordinary impact with customers, employees & shareholders.