Time is valuable don't gives yours away

Do you think of your time is valuable? In fact, your time is your most valuable asset. That’s why so many people want it. Setting boundaries may be difficult when relationships are already long established. It’s important to know where you draw the line, so others in your life don’t take advantage. It’s not surprising that your co-workers, loved ones, and neighbors may take offense when you set new boundaries that inconvenience or annoy them. Do you take family calls at dinner? Are you willing to drop everything to help a loved one, no matter how inconvenient? You may be an enabler. When you change the rules, you will get pushback. You don’t have to worry about what others think.

Here’s an example where setting boundaries keeps you sane

Do you have conflicts like this? Recently, a new colleague wanted to schedule conference calls at 9:30pm on a Friday, and 8:30pm on a Sunday. In order to have a balanced and happy life, I made a deal with myself not to work after 5pm unless there was an emergency. I don’t take routine work calls on weekend evenings, either. This work boundary gives me time for serenity, peace, recharging and (gasp) taking care of myself. Taking care of myself may mean getting chores at home done or practicing the piano, or even weeding the garden. I said no to the weekend calls, and we got the work done during work hours.

Time is valuable in so many ways

You’ve heard the phrase time is money. Well, that may refer to work. But time is valuable for emotional reasons, too. If you give away any free time you have, you lose the resource you need for creativity and growth. Even if you feel obligations to others and have the habit of giving your all, you can begin to set little boundaries that can begin to free head and emotional space for healthy relationships, and for personal satisfaction.


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation.

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