The way that you approach work-life balance is something that you have to figure out for yourself. There are guidelines and tips from experts, but it’s up to you to decide which ones work best for your situation and family. The key to creating healthy boundaries between work and personal time is not only identifying what works for you, but also making an effort every day to maintain those boundaries so that they don’t get crossed too often.

Creating boundaries to keep your work and personal time separate is important for mental health.

Creating boundaries to keep your work and personal time separate is important for mental health.

How do you define “work-life balance”?

Asking yourself what this means to you, then making a choice about whether it’s a priority for you. Some people may want more of one or the other, but most people would say they want both in their lives. This can be tricky when it comes to technology because we’re constantly connected on social media and email all the time, so I think about how I set my own boundaries around how much time I spend checking those things throughout the day and see if there are certain times when I’m checking them more than others that would be better served by focusing on something else instead (ex: checking emails first thing in a morning before getting ready vs later afternoon).

Create buffers

  • Start by setting up boundaries between your work and personal time. This can be as simple as closing your laptop when you leave the office, or it could mean creating a standing rule that says “no work talk after 5 pm.”
  • Next, create buffers between your work and home lives. If you have children, for example, set aside one night each week when you’re not available to them or their friends (and vice versa). Or if you live with other people who depend on you financially or emotionally—such as a spouse or other family member—you should make sure that there’s enough distance between those relationships and the demands of your job so they don’t bleed into each other too much.
  • Set boundaries between yourself and others at work: You need friends outside of the office, but if they happen to get wrapped up in conversations about their own jobs all the time, it might be time for some new friendships!

Prioritize quality time with family and friends

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Practice self-care

Self-care is an essential part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It’s important to find the time for yourself and your needs, even if it means taking breaks or scheduling appointments outside of working hours. Self-care can mean anything from going on walks in nature or spending time with friends and family, to reading books that you enjoy, going out for dinner with your partner, or practicing yoga at home.

It’s up to you how you want to practice self-care—you can tailor it according to what you need most at any given time. It might take some trial and error before finding a routine that works best for you, but once you do find something that feels right then stick with it!

When to turn off your work devices

  • Turn off your work phone after hours.
  • Turn off your work email after hours.
  • Turn off your work laptop after hours.
  • Turn off your work tablet after hours.
  • Turn off your work desktop computer after hours.
  • Turn off your work smartphone after hours.

How to block work appointments during certain hours

  • One way to block off time in your calendar is to set a reminder, like an alarm. This will ensure that you won’t allow work appointments during certain hours.
  • Another way is by using a program called “Do Not Disturb” on your phone, which allows you to turn off notifications for a certain amount of time so that it doesn’t distract you from play or sleep.

Creating a physical separation between work and home

The first step in creating healthy work-life boundaries is to create a physical separation between your home and work areas. Work-life balance doesn’t just mean that you’re not spending all of your time at the office, it also means having a space where you can relax and disconnect from the stresses of daily life.

You may want to set up an entire separate workspace at home, or simply use one table in your bedroom as an office. Either way, make sure that this space has everything you need:

  • A good internet connection (or wireless)
  • Your work phone on silent/off completely (you don’t want it buzzing or ringing while you’re trying to relax)
  • A comfortable desk chair that allows for good posture (if possible, get rid of any back pain issues with ergonomic chairs)

How to handle the “guilt” complex that comes with feeling like you need to be on call 24/7

  • How to handle the “guilt” complex that comes with feeling like you need to be on call 24/7
  • How to set boundaries for yourself, your family, friends and colleagues.

It’s important to be able to set boundaries for yourself. You need to draw a line between work and play so that you can focus on what is important in both places of your life. This means setting clear boundaries around when you are available or not available at work (e.g., no last minute meetings) as well as at home (e.g., no answering emails after 8pm). It’s also helpful if you can establish these types of policies with your coworkers as well so everyone knows what’s expected from each other during the day and after hours too!

How to set priorities at home and at work, so that you can get everything done without working insane hours

  • Prioritize your work tasks.
  • Prioritize your personal tasks.
  • Prioritize your exercise.
  • Prioritize your sleep.
  • Prioritize family time, friends and social activities.
  • Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself so that you can achieve all these things in a healthy way!

How to keep a positive outlook, even when something small goes wrong during the day

Even when something small goes wrong, it’s important to focus on the positive. Being grateful for what you have is a great way to break out of the negative spiral and keep your outlook positive.

  • Don’t be a perfectionist: Perfection isn’t possible, and trying to achieve it can make things worse than if you just let go of expectations.
  • Don’t compare yourself with others: It’s easy to compare yourself with other people, especially if you’ve gotten too consumed by social media or news stories about how some celebrity has lost weight or completed another big project. Remember that everyone has their own life—and they’re probably doing just fine!
  • Don’t worry about what other people think about you: This can be especially difficult if your job requires interacting with customers or clients regularly (for example, retail workers). But considering others’ opinions often makes us feel more anxious than anything else.

There are a lot of ways to make work/life balance boundaries.

There are a lot of ways to create boundaries. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make sure you know when you’re working and when you’re not. You need to be able to shut off your work phone, close your laptop, and go home at the end of the day.
  • Know what’s expected from you in the office before the workday begins — don’t stay late after hours if those extra hours aren’t part of your job description or if it means that someone else will have to pick up the slack for something that should have been done already.
  • If staying late is unavoidable (e.g., because there’s no one else available), make sure that it happens only occasionally so that more regular employees aren’t being pulled away from their families too often (which can cause them stress as well).


Remember, you don’t have to be perfect all the time. What matters is that you recognize when something isn’t working for you, and try to find a solution.