Workday Boundaries

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

Productivity Quote: “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” - Nathan W. Morris

A common problem that engineers have shared with me is that they work all day long!

The problem has only worsened since the majority of us started working from home.

Because there is no physical separation of work and home, the home has become filled with more work.

A simple way to combat this is to put limits on your workday.

Before you begin to work, set a solid time when you are going to start your workday and when you are going to end it.

A couple of ways this helps your productivity is:

  • You force yourself to stay focused when you have less time to work. When you don't give yourself a cut-off point, there is no point in staying focused or defeating distractions. Without this cut-off point, you can just add more hours to your day.

  • By limiting your work hours, you force yourself to work on your most important tasks rather than trying to finish everything.

  • Work expands to fill the time you give it. A workday that expands will lead to work that expands as well.

  • When you give yourself the option of adding more time to your workday, you are saying that work is more important than life. Work should enable you to live life but if work is overtaking your life, it's a sign of a problem.

In short, define your workday parameters to stay focused and increase your productivity.

Giving yourself a hard stop will make it more urgent for you to stay focused, stay productive and get things done.

What are some ways you stay productive at work?

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