Owning a business can be full of joy and excitement, but it can also be overwhelming. Especially when you feel passionate about something and you love what you do, it can be easy to slide into the habit of working all of the time. It often seems like there is a never ending list of to-do’s and as the founder, it all depends on you.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in the past 4 years of running Reux Design Co., it’s that setting boundaries between my work life and personal life is absolutely necessary. I know from experience that working without boundaries can lead to burnout, stress and even resentment towards your business. I love that the slow entrepreneur movement is becoming more popular.
Today I’m sharing why you should set boundaries in your business and 3 ways that you can set strategic boundaries so that you remain excited and energized to show up for your business.
Why is it important to set intentional boundaries in your business?
Boundaries set you up for success and they set your business up for success. If you’ve ever experienced burnout then you know that a lack of boundaries in your business can lead to a lot of problems! For many of us, especially if you work from home or for yourself, the lack of routine schedule can make you feel like you *should* be working all of the time. While there will inevitably be seasons of working more, boundaries can set the foundation for a healthy balance in your life when it comes to business & personal time.
Boundaries in your business also give your clients a clear guide as to what they can expect from you and ensures that they know how and when you’ll be available. This can give you the peace of mind to be able to step away from your business without worrying. And later, come back refreshed and ready to serve your clients or customers.
3 ways to set boundaries in your business
1. Make your boundaries clear and evident to clients
Set communication hours and let them know what those hours are (on your contact page, in your email signature, in your welcome guide). Even if you end up working outside of these hours, keep the boundaries with your clients. I use Boomerang with Gmail if I’m answering emails late at night, so they send the next morning (during my specified communication hours).
2. Say no to the wrong projects, so you leave time for the right ones
It can be easy to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, especially at the beginning. But hold boundaries for how busy you want to be. If you’re overworked and stressed, you won’t be able to show up to your projects or clients as your best self.
3. Figure out YOUR ideal and what’s important to you
There are a lot of outside influences telling you how often you should work. From a 4 hour work week to a 60 hour work week. Ignore all of that and ask yourself, intuitively, what feels right for you and your lifestyle. Once you’ve decided, stick to that. For instance, weekends are sacred to me so I generally don’t do any work during that time, as that’s a boundary that feels very important to my mental & emotional health.
With these three strategies in place, you’ll be on a path to a healthier work relationship. And the ability to have white space, downtime & enjoyment in your life, which is the ultimate goal, right?