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Managing Your Work Habits

A guide to help you choose methods and tools for organizing your research and work in meaningful ways.

Importance of Boundary-Setting

We all know that the past couple of years have changed how we approach out work. More of us are working from home or now participate in hybrid remote and in-person work/school.

It’s more important now than ever that we not only stay organized, but that we prioritize setting boundaries between work/school and the rest of our lives. Your ability to set boundaries can depend on several factors, and different strategies may work for you.

Time Boundaries

  1. Set your work hours to the extent that you are able to and communicate these hours to classmates and colleagues
  2. Limit the number of hours you work per day
  3. Stop working when you are not being productive
  4. Let leisure time be leisure time - stay off your email!

Space Boundaries

  1. Avoid working at the dining room table or kitchen - keep meals and leisure separate from work
  2. Set up a work space if you don't have an on-campus or home office
  3. Leave work at work