Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Arlene Morgan

I have engaged in conversations with numerous solopreneurs, all of whom have established boundaries. Interestingly, only two to three out of every ten solopreneurs I spoke with actually uphold these boundaries. Surprised? I’m not. Sometimes, in order to keep our clients satisfied, we tend to cross the line occasionally.

Maintaining boundaries is crucial for personal well-being, professional integrity, and fostering healthy relationships. I readily acknowledge that adhering to boundaries is not an easy task. It can be quite challenging because there’s often a temptation to justify crossing the line for seemingly minor reasons. We convince ourselves that it’s just a small matter, nothing significant. However, allowing even one small breach can lead to a cascade of larger issues.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that it’s not acceptable. I am personally learning how to stick to my boundaries, and I’m making progress. I find it easier to maintain my professional boundaries than my personal ones. When I first started this journey back in 2023, it was challenging because I used to struggle with it. To help you in maintaining client boundaries, here are some tips:

  • Begin by practicing adherence to your own personal boundaries. This can help you maintain your professional boundaries. For instance, I often find it challenging to stick to a consistent bedtime. Despite making plans to sleep by 10 pm every night, I sometimes fail because I convince myself that I can sleep in or make up for lost sleep later. However, I’ve realized that time cannot be regained, and I’m gradually improving.
  • Create a Client/Contractor Agreement. This document, typically one or two pages long, outlines your boundaries and expectations for both parties. It clarifies how you conduct your business and helps prevent misunderstandings.
  • Communicate your boundaries clearly. Specify the days and times when you can be reached by your clients for meetings, calls, texts, etc. Make it known that you are available during certain hours and off the clock afterward unless it’s an emergency.
  • Regularly reassess your boundaries. Life circumstances change, and so may your boundaries. Reevaluate your needs periodically and update your agreement accordingly.

Remember, setting and maintaining boundaries is a skill that requires practice. It involves ongoing self-reflection, effective communication, and making adjustments as needed. As you become more adept at maintaining boundaries, you’ll likely experience improved well-being and more fulfilling relationships, both personally and professionally.

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Arlene Morgan

Founder of Morgan Creative Services, LLC