Hectic Holidays Are Upon Us – How to Prevent Holiday Burnout
Finding the Balance as Event Industry Professionals (And We Aren’t Talking About Spa Days)
Is there any time of year more delightful than the winter holiday season? It’s chock-full of fun, festivities-and distractions-and it’ll be here before you know it. So how can you resist the lure of making holiday lists, shopping and decorating when you should be working?
The best strategy is a realistic one. First, be sure the work you’re forcing yourself to do really needs to be done. This is a stressful time of year, and increasing your stress level by setting unrealistic goals only adds to the problem. If something can wait until after the holidays, let it wait.
It’s critical to plan ahead. Before the holiday season kicks into high gear, check with your clients to determine what their holiday schedules are and how they’ll affect you. Also, if you want to take time off for yourself, you may need to coordinate that with your regular clients.
With deadlines, travel, public relations, and responsibilities to stakeholders on our plates, it is no wonder why event planning is known as one of the most stressful careers in 2018. The urgent requests, last-minute changes, and detailed demands of sponsors, vendors, and attendees can fill your every waking moment—and once the event starts, it only gets busier. We know you love your work, your events, your attendees, but it’s time to talk about burnout, and that is where self-care for event industry professionals comes in.
When you hear self-care, you might think of taking some time off in a tropical location, or getting a massage. While vacations and spa days are nice, they won’t do anything for your stress when you return to the same obstacles you were trying to escape. True self-care lies in molding your job to run more efficiently, avoiding burnout and the dangerous stress levels that could threaten your health. Tackling your major stressors might not be easy, but it is key to keeping your balance.
The hectic holiday season is upon us, as is all the work of tying up this year and taking on the next, making it the perfect time to prioritize your own wellbeing. At Omnience™, we know that paying into your health first means you will be stronger and quicker on your feet when it matters. After all, there is no off-season in the corporate event planning industry, so carving out a comfortable balance between work and life will ensure you are ready for whatever your next event throws at you. Here are some of our favorite tips on how to prevent holiday burnout and to practice self-care for event industry professionals.
Everyone has experienced the frustrations that come with botched communication or missed expectations. Since event managers are usually high achievers with eyes on perfection, they tend to take over tasks instead of delegate them for this reason. Instead of sharing the workload, they take on the brunt of the pressure. This means more burning the midnight oil, less sleep, and more stress.
Thankfully, this can be solved with some gradual release of responsibility and the help of intuitive software. Practice strategically delegating responsibilities to your team. If necessary, begin with smaller tasks and graduate to larger lines on your to-do list. To ensure this relieves stress instead of adds to it, employ some new, streamlined communication platforms so that you are always on top of any issues that arise.
Make An Impact
Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking our work isn’t positively affecting anyone. We work hard, create memorable events, but we don’t see our energy directed at helping anyone in a direct way.
Combating burnout can mean reshaping how you see your job, making it fit your goals and needs. Investing your time and energy to charitable efforts can do just that, and shift the value you see in your work. Consider donating your skills to local nonprofits or bringing charitable organizations to your events.
Set Clear Boundaries Between Work and Life
Event planning isn’t a typical nine-to-five job, which can blur the lines between time for work and time for yourself. If you are always on-call, you can never truly relax. This can lead to the stresses of work taking over your time, pushing out any space for you to decompress and prepare for the next day.
This will be a difficult one for many event managers, but it could make a big difference. Designate a cut-off time for work, and promise yourself you won’t answer any non-emergency calls, reply to emails, or make plans after that. When possible, keep weekends open for friends, family, and hobbies. Initially, it may feel like cheating or that you are taking the easy way out, but coming back to work refreshed and inspired is better than anything you might accomplish when you are bleary-eyed from lack of rest.
Take Time To Celebrate
We are deep inside an event, the many ways we are stretching our skills and growing our experience can become lost. When we are focused on a deadline, all the time dedicated to researching, planning, coordinating, and executing can be lost in the shuffle. There is always another event to plan, so it can become too easy to move swiftly from one project to the next without truly appreciating all your hard work.
Each event should feel like an accomplishment – because it is! Your talents, perseverance, and abilities brought people together for a purpose, and you should celebrate all of your achievements in doing so. Whether a formal party with the whole event team or a private ritual you have for yourself, creating a celebration for a job well done can boost your confidence and add enthusiasm to your work.
Self-care for event industry professionals means prioritizing your time, sleep, and rest so that you can work at full capabilities when it matters. It isn’t easy balancing work and life in this industry of event planning, but with some thoughtful use of technology and appreciation for your own wellbeing, you can avoid burnout. It is easier with the right people by your side, so contact us for more information on how we can assist you on every step of your event planning journey as well as how to prevent holiday burnout.