It was a story every caring professional can relate to. My client had started her career with good boundaries in place, allowing her to enjoy balance between work and home. In her own words, it was lovely.
And then an exciting project came along, and for a temporary period of time she worked 50-60 hours a week. The work was rewarding, and she increased her visibility – so much so she received a promotion. It was a dream come true
Her new role had a lot of travel and sensitive deadlines, so the 60 hours a week continued (and sometimes crept up to 70-80 hours a week), until 2 years into the new job things were completely falling apart at home, and she recognized she was no longer enjoying her work. Her dream had become more of a nightmare. She was on the edge of burning out.
She came to me to help her find a new dream job that would give her back her sanity. With her permission, I helped her take the dream job she had and made it work for her.
If this story mirrors your professional life, then know there are always things you can do to stop work-creep and burnout. You can put healthy boundaries between work and life back into place, without losing your credibility, or your dream career.
Here are strategies to do just that:
You're a great person and a committed, caring, professional, so it’s easy to see how you get to a point where the boundaries between home and work blur beyond what’s healthy for you. That said, you are the only one who can put these healthy boundaries back where they belong. Doing it where you work today means you will be less likely to blur them at your next job (blurring boundaries becomes a habit that follows you wherever you go) keeping you on the path to your dream career.
Don’t over-commit in one place in your life at the expense of another, or you’ll lose something precious you need – something even more precious than time.