Now that busy season is coming to a close (and we can finally take a breath before fall event season), the common feeling among us event pros is that we should be keeping up the momentum and tackle our to-do lists like there’s no tomorrow. In reality, this is the best time to push the reset button and practice the self-care you’ve been putting off. Even the smallest of steps you take toward relaxation and clearing your mind can have significant long-term effects on your productivity!
The benefits of setting boundaries
I talk about this a lot, but it’s truly my secret to staying sane and self-disciplined. As business owners, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to keep up with our emails and client communication, at all hours of the day and night. It takes some time to realize this, but it’s just not realistic. Don’t punish yourself from stepping away from the office!
Set a firm schedule and stick to it – whether that’s 9-5, or being strict with not working on Sundays if you’re the type that can’t turn down checking your email during your Saturday morning coffee. Communicate this with your clients and your staff as well, that way you won’t feel burnt out when Monday rolls around.
Schedule time with yourself
As someone that frequently travels for work and has racked up quite the number of miles to prove it, it’s not only hard to be away from your family, but it’s sometimes equally challenging to enjoy a work trip.
It’s crucial to stay on track with your schedule, but remember to enjoy yourself while you’re traveling. For me, this is usually tracking down a Rangers game or scouting out a fun restaurant to let loose. I’m much better for it if I can unwind after a long conference or if I’m gearing up for packed schedule the next day.
Take a break from your desk
It’s no secret that some of our worst low-energy days stem from being cooped up in a stuffy office. Staring at your computer screen isn’t going to help with your lack of motivation, so let yourself take a break. Get up, go for a walk if you need to, work remotely from a coffee shop for a few hours, or go out for lunch!
If you can’t spare the time, make sure that you’re staying active through the day by walking around the office or doing a few stretches.
You’ll be surprised at how energized you feel by incorporating these self-care measures into your routine. You’ll be able to get back to work with a fresh mind.
Kevin Dennis is the editor of WeddingIQ and the owner ofFantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, California. Dennis is the past president for Silicon Valley NACE, and current international president for WIPA.