Do your workdays run long on hours but short on productivity? Are you constantly searching for ways to better manage your time as an executive assistant? If you feel like you’re always getting the short end of the stick when it comes to time management, it’s time to learn the art of setting expectations and boundaries.
The role of an executive assistant’s often indefinable, changeable from one day to the next, and extraordinarily situational. That can make it difficult to draw the line on what is and isn’t a good use of your time leading to frustration, resentment, and burnout.
Are there ways to set healthy boundaries without putting your job at risk? Yes, and doing so is good for you and those you work with.
The old saying “you teach people how to treat you” is never more true than when applied to a busy office environment. Here are 5 ways to establish healthy limits so you can work smarter.
You can also impose limits on yourself. For example, stop checking work email early in the morning, late at night, or when you’re on vacation. In Germany, it’s against the law for employers to call or email staff out of office hours! If your job description calls for always being on call, talk to your boss or HR about how to get a better handle on it.
In a world where technology allows us to lead 24/7 work lives with virtually no break, it’s more important than ever to learn how to set and maintain boundaries. Prepare yourself for some pushback as others adjust to the new you and when a boundary is violated, address it immediately. Over time, you’ll discover people respect you for placing your needs first and you’ll find yourself feeling more confident, peaceful, and in control.
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