1. Have a firm and pretty much absolute time to leave every day,as long as you get your work done and checked with your bosses to see if they needed anything.
For example, get out of there at the stroke of 6 p.m. Not 6:05, not 6:10. Six p.m. on the dot.
2. You can accomplish this by not procrastinating and exhibiting ~*~*sELf-diSciPliNe.~*~*~
Because if you spend 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. looking at cat gifs, then you might have to stay in the office until 8 p.m., and then the next day, you will hate yourself.
3. Don't put a ton of pressure on yourself to set boundaries.
In theory, this is a great idea, but in practice, you're often not in a position to say no when your boss asks you to do stuff. If you are, that's great! Otherwise, try to push through and do your best, because it'll be gratifying when you overcome the craziness.
4. Take lunch.
For god's sake, even if you have a sad brought-from-home brown bag full of wilted spinach and dashed hopes, leave the building and sit in the sun for half an hour. You'll feel better and be more productive when you return.
5. See friends.
Like, people besides your coworkers and your boyfriend. Going straight from boyfriend to job back to boyfriend without hanging out with any of your platonic friends can get pretty monotonous after a while.
6. Carve out time to not check your work email or think about work whatsoever.
Whether it's a whole weekend (jealous, bro) or one lone hour on Sunday.
7. Get shit done around the house/run errands on your days off.
Yes, this is hard, but there's nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work and discovering you've still got to do two loads of laundry and there's no toilet paper or milk. Because then you just say you'll do it tomorrow, and the same thing will happen.
8. Get sleep.
Preferably more than five hours a night. Because what are you even doing until 1 a.m.? You're watching Sex and the City reruns, is what you're doing.
9. Evaluate whether you're at the right job.
If you've done all the above and your job is still hellishly affecting your personal life, it might be time for some LinkedIn magic.
10. Exercise when you can.
A study from the journal Human Resource Management showed that people who work out on the regs are better at dealing with work-related stress and negotiating time between their job and their family.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.