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Setting smart boundaries

for Yourself to Get More Done

We’ve all heard of setting

S.M.A.R.T. goals to ensure

success in achieving what we

desire. Let’s take a look at

the importance of S.M.A.R.T.

Boundaries to ensure you can

get more done.

Brené Brown once said “Daring

to set boundaries is about

having the courage to love

ourselves, even when we risk

disappointing others.” I think

that setting boundaries is critical

not only in our personal lives but

in our business as well. When

we fail to set boundaries, we

can often end up creating more

work for ourselves, resenting

those around us and ultimately

becoming ineffective. One of

the ways to create boundaries

is to operate with the notion of

S.M.A.R.T. boundaries. Just like

S.M.A.R.T. goals, each letter here

stands for something: Specific,

Measurable, Aligned, Realistic,

and Talk About Them.

When we create S



we make sure

to create boundaries around

our schedule, our work space

and any expectations for

“interruptions.” Creating specific

boundaries allows those around

us, including friends, family, and

even clients, to know how to

operate within a framework that

will allow us to do our best work

AND give them what they need.

Measurable Boundaries


us to know exactly how much

to expect. For instance, if you

can tell someone that you will

only be able to get 5 pages of a

10 page report done within the

time frame allotted then you help

create a realistic expectation of an

outcome rather than leading to

disappointment on the back end.

TheA is for



It’s very important that the

boundaries you put in place

are aligned with your values.

One example I often give my

clients is to have them set a

work schedule that is aligned

with their family priority. In my

case, I create a work schedule

that allows me to attend my

son’s school, band and sport

activities because that family

time and support of him is

By Holly Kile








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