Working late into the night, taking our computer with us on vacation, answering emails on the weekends: these are all options as freelance copywriters, but they’re not mandatory. However, sometimes we feel like these are mandatory tasks. We think we have to get something done and so we sacrifice our free time or, worse, vacation because we didn’t set boundaries—with ourselves, with our clients, and, often, both.
But that’s not why we got into copywriting, right? We got into copywriting to set our own schedules. To have a career we love and make great money doing it. To be valued for our work.
If setting (and enforcing) boundaries is perpetually on your to-do list, then this month’s book pick is a must. Bonus: it’s more workbook than book with actionable exercises designed to help you implement boundaries in your personal and professional life.
As The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits by Nedra Glover Tawwab says, “boundaries are ways to communicate our needs to others via words and action. They are also perimeters that we establish with ourselves and others. Therefore, boundaries aren’t just about telling other people what to do but are also about holding yourself accountable for creating your life.”
We added that emphasis since often we’ll look to our clients and blame them for not respecting our boundaries. But too often, we don’t hold ourselves accountable and we think saying “no” is the only way to set boundaries (spoiler: it’s not).
The workbook begins with an exercise where you can explore what boundaries mean to you, along with a checklist to determine what areas you’re neglecting due to unhealthy boundaries.
With this foundation in place, the workbook will help you:
- Set limits and expectations—with yourself and with others.
- Practice moving through the discomfort (and, frankly, guilt!) that comes with enforcing boundaries.
- Communicate your boundaries.
- Continue advocating for your boundaries in your personal and professional relationships.
Once you’ve tackled the writing prompts, checklists, and more, it’s time to practice setting and maintaining boundaries in the real world. We’ll be cheering you on (and, CCA students, we’re always available to work through any boundary-setting conundrums on coaching calls!).
For more tips on setting boundaries, check out the business rules you need to set as a copywriter >>
Your Turn! What are your best tips for setting (and maintaining) boundaries? Share your experience in the comments below!
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Last Updated on April 10, 2023
Krista Tressa says
I agree 100% with setting healthy work boundaries. As a mom, I need to remind myself that I don’t have to carry it all. It’s okay to ask for help from your “tribe”. I’ve learned from experience that in order to be the best version of myself, I must set boundaries and communicate to others what my boundaries are. I am solely responsible for maintaining my boundaries. Nobody but me has the power . If there are any working moms that read my comments….check out Paula Farsi’s new book called “You Don’t Have To Carry It All”- #YDHTCIA
The Filthy Rich Writer Team says
Hey Krista! Thanks for the response and the book recommendation.