#RethinkWork: Setting Boundaries

Welcome  – whether you’ve stumbled into our corner of the digital world for the first time or consider yourself a part of the Wingate Hughes family, we’re glad you’re here.

You’ve reached the first of our three blogs in our #RethinkWork mini-blog series. It’s our attempt to extend a hand in the middle of this crisis and say simply, we see you, and we’re working to imagine a better future for us all. 

However, in the meantime you’re still stuck at home. We get it – we are too. 

Maybe you’ve found meeting notes strewn across piles of laundry on the dining room table; kids’ toys have found their way onto your makeshift desk; and no matter how hard you try, that guest bedroom with the bad cell signal just isn’t the same as your old conference room. While there’s plenty of advantages to working at home (hello commuters!), that fine line between work and life can easily become blurred. 

Maybe you’re working way later than you’re used to, simply because there’s nowhere else to go; or maybe several hours go by at a time before you realize you need to stand up. The truth is, we have to both prioritize and create clear boundaries in order to truly flourish during this time. 

Boundaries that differentiate between our time at work and the rest of our lives give you the ability to maximize the time you give to every task or activity  – and show up as your best self. Even as workplace design experts, we believe the rest of your life still matters (hobbies, goals, or even the next series on your Netflix queue) even in the midst of a pandemic. 

So what does the Wingate Hughes team recommend? 

Create a designated work station and leave all your work-related items there.

Set alarms to remind yourself to stand up and move your body (even if it’s just for 10 minutes!)

Design a flexible schedule to stick to and prioritize activities that bring you joy.

We get it – we can’t wait to get back to the office. But until then, let’s continue to invest in every area of our lives.