There’s a myth floating out there in the business world that in order to be successful you have to be constantly engaged with your audience online.

You must be posting to social all the time and responding to every comment (or at least “liking” them).

You must respond to every email you receive within 24 hours or same day even.

You must take every call, meeting, and opportunity that comes your way.

But it’s just a myth.

Sure you can do that if you like, but it won’t lead to success. Not in the true sense of the word.

You might “be everywhere” but you’ll be a shadow of yourself.

Elton Trueblood, the late author and chaplain at both Harvard and Stanford Universities put it best:

“A person who is always available is not worth enough when they are available.”

Elton Trueblood, Author

If you want to be worth something to your customers, clients, or the world at large, then you can’t be available 24/7.

To truly make an impact and become what some would call a high performer, you must learn to set boundaries and limits on your time and availability.

This is the great paradox.

Here are 5 suggestions for how to set strategic boundaries in your life that will make you more valuable and effective in your work.

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11 thoughts on “The Paradox Of Boundaries And High Performers”

  1. I will definitely be setting uninterrupted work hours. I have already limited email and social media access and learned long ago to under promise and over deliver. Thanks for this.
    Gary Johnston
    Freelance Musician/Teacher

  2. Hi Graham! My dad is a huge fan of yours, and sent me this video just based on the title. It was exactly what I needed to hear today. I turned off my social media phone notifications while I was watching, and forwarded the vid to my husband so we can sync our brains. He and I are both pseudo-freelancers (jobs + paying side gigs), so hearing condensed time-management concepts like these is SO HELPFUL. Now I’m going to go block out set work times… Thank you!

  3. Setting specific times to work. I feel like I’m working 24/7 and just juggling everything at a moment’s notice.

    Question: what mic do you use for these videos ?

  4. Darrell Comeau

    Great 5 suggestions. Will work to add those boundaries into my day.

    Another tip to remove distractions is to remove yourself from email lists that you have subscribed to if those emails no longer provide ongoing value. Frees-up the time needed to scan and delete an ongoing stream of email.

    You can always re-subscribe to those lists a few months later to see if that supplier is generating fresh and interesting content.

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