The stress that goes hand-in-hand with your role as a key decision maker for a conference, meeting, or other major event probably ranks right up there at times with moving, planning a wedding, or having a baby!
The amount of coordination needed, no matter how organized one maybe, is astounding. Safeguarding your peace of mind is not just necessary - it's crucial.
Here are 5 simple steps to help keep you grounded, no matter where you might be in the event planning process:
Stop and take a deep breath. This will automatically leave a little space for perhaps something new to come in.
Ask yourself, “What do I need at this very moment?” It could be a nap, some tea, to take a walk... whatever it is, put yourself first. Like they say on the airplane, put your oxygen mask on first before you try to help anyone else!
Write out by hand the things you want/need to accomplish on any specific day, and ONLY THOSE THINGS FOR THAT DAY. As you complete each one, cross it out in a different color pen or marker. Having a tangible, visual “signpost” of what you completed—no matter how small—lends to a feeling of accomplishment and progress.
Cut yourself some slack! Your job isn't to be Wonder Woman or Superman. It's to use your wealth of experience, talent, and unique perspectives the best way you know how.
Give yourself a little (or big) reward at the end of each day. Sure, you may not have accomplished everything on your to do list, but you still deserve a little something just for you. Have a glass of your favorite wine. Take a candlelit bubble bath. Spend extra time with your family instead of working when you get home. Good self-care carries over into every area of your work.