Design Yourself 59: When does work stop?

Boundaries on work are increasingly blurring. We can work anytime and anywhere. And sometimes we want to. And sometimes we don’t. In this week’s episode, Sharon explores the question “when does work stop?” She reflects on the changing landscape of work (and how this is not a new phenomenon), provides tips for setting your own boundaries on work (because work stops when we decide to stop it) and offers up questions to push your own thinking about when and how you will choose to work. This is a great episode for anyone who might be looking for a reprieve from the demands of work, who might be leading an enterprise and looking for support for colleagues wondering how to find more balance or for anyone out there with the freedom (or desire!) to create your own schedule.  Ultimately work stops being work when we stop seeing it that way. May you enjoy the process of choosing what you see.

“Now, more than ever, we are ‘designing’ our everyday lives to keep up with the hectic pace of modern life, while hoping to realize our dreams in new, colorful ways.” – Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, Marimekko


5 Tips for setting work boundaries

  1. Stay fit
  2. Get in the right mindset first
  3. Listen to your inner voice
  4. Share your voice
  5. Change things up

Questions to push your own thinking about work:

  • How do I prefer to work?
  • What conditions best support my optimum work environment?
  • What emotion will best serve my work today?
  • What do I want to contribute?
  • What is my vision for myself at work?
  • How does work fit into the rest of my life?
  • What does your “Work Roadmap” look like?
  • What am I known for?